5 Ways to Find Part-time Work

When it comes to employment and parenting, sometimes it really is possible to have your cake and eat it too. Working part-time gives women the opportunity to get back into the workforce (or to enter it for the first time) while giving them time to be present for their children.

But how does one secure a part-time position? Career expert Dana Manciagli, author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job (spring 2013), shares her tips for finding – and landing – the ideal part-time gig.

1.    Seek opportunities on sites specifically geared toward part-time work like CareerBuilder.com and CoolWorks.com. She also suggests being open to different ways of being hired. “Some people are hired as a part-time employee while others are hired as a contractor,” she says. “Women should manage their expectations about the title or the way they can be hired.”

2.    Take time to learn how to effectively use job sites and social media outlets. “Social media and websites are the next generation of finding part-time work, but to really get value out of them spend time learning how to use them – don’t just post your resume and think you’re done,” she says.

3.    Be proud of your skills. Manciagli encourages women to stand behind their skills. “The mindset of the part-time mommy is her first hurdle,” she says. “These women often don’t think they have any skills, but mothers have skills that they cultivated before babies as well as those they mastered while managing their households. One mom I worked with added, “CEO of my household” to her resume. After 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, she is now working at Microsoft.”

4.    Never apologize for any amount of time you took off to raise your children. When it comes time to recount the time you spent out of the workforce raising your kids, Manciagli suggests that women promote the skills they earned at home – flexibility, attention to detail, multi-tasking. “You have skills,” she says. “Whether the hiring manager is a man or a woman, they will understand those skills.

5.    Describe, up front, how you will be able to find time for your part-time work. “Get ahead of one of the biggest challenges working moms will face – a hiring manager’s belief that you won’t be able to give the job the time it needs” says Manciagli. “Tell them from the start how you will be able to do part-time work, i.e. ‘I’m committed to your company and excited to work for you and I’d like to tell you how I’m going to be able to take care of my kids and dedicate time to you. I have a nanny coming every day for four hours, I have a closed door office, etc.’”