How to find part-time job opportunities
Starting your job search can often be the hardest part. But don’t worry - we’re here to help you get the ball rolling.
Make the most of online jobsites
Many candidates feel that trying to find part-time and flexible jobs online is like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are a small number of sites like Timewise Jobs, that specialise in flexible roles, and you should definitely make them your priority.
On most other job sites you can set up a job alert for the ‘part-time’ category, although you may find vacancies few and far between – especially on industry-specific sites. And if you need other types of flexibility, particularly if you have caring responsibilities to work around, you’ll need to experiment with setting up a job alert using keywords such as ‘working from home’.
It’s a case of trial and error – work out which websites deliver the best job opportunities for your needs, then set up job alerts at those sites.
Don’t restrict your search to part-time and flexible jobs
If you wait for the ideal flexible job to come along, you could be waiting for a long time. So instead, take matters into your own hands. We strongly recommend applying for full-time roles, and then negotiating flexible hours if you are offered the position. You can read more on this topic in our articles about when and how to ask for flexibility.
Seek out ‘flexible employers’
Some employers pride themselves on having a supportive workplace for carers and other groups who need to work flexibly. Do some research to track them down, and identify any employers that are of interest to you. Then follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter (many employers tweet their vacancies). And check the career page of their website once a week.
A good place to start your research for flexible employers is right here on Timewise Jobs. If you're a carer, there’s also a list on the Employers for Carers’ website. Come at it the other way too – if you’re interested in an employer who’s not on the list, research as much as you can about their track record on flexibility.
Get your social media working for you
As well as looking out for vacancies on social media, make sure all your accounts are up to date and present you in the best light. Employers do check up on candidates. Not on LinkedIn yet? You need to be there! Recruitment agencies regularly use it to source candidates.
Remember to look offline too
It's easy to assume that all jobs are online these days, but they're not. Depending on the type of role you’re looking for (and especially if you’re a carer looking to work locally), consider good old-fashioned ways of finding vacancies. Check out your local newspaper and local recruitment agencies, and look out for job ads on the notice boards of local supermarkets, schools and libraries.
Make the most of your contacts
Many jobs are not advertised anywhere, which can be exasperating if you feel like you’re on the outside trying to get back into the jobs market. One way round this is to use your network of friends and ex-work colleagues – which is probably far more extensive that you might imagine.
The trick is to tell people you know that you are looking for work, and ask them to listen out for you. They might be able to introduce you to friends of friends or make a recommendation on your behalf. Mention your job search at the school gates or even at the doctor’s. Make and nurture contacts, invest time in them, maybe buy someone a coffee. You never know where it might lead.
Use the carer community
If you're a carer, it's also worth reaching out to other local carers. They bare more likely than job advisors to understand the challenges, and might be a good avenue to hear about flexible opportunities in your area. Join a local group or online forum and find out how others have done it, what sort of work they do and how it helps their circumstances.
Don’t give up
Hunting for a job can be a slog at the best of times, let alone if you have the pressure of being a carer to boot. But persevere. It may feel like a huge task right now, but you’ll soon get into the habit of applying for roles and mentioning to friends that you’re looking for work.