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#1 Hunch

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

I struggle to keep it short, but I'll try...

I am working part time with 2 kids currently.  Work have advised that I will need to increase my hours in a few months.  If I were to provide all the details regarding the hours etc, most people would say I have it pretty good and just to make it work.  But it will create a lot of hassle with picks ups etc.  I have been thinking of quitting in the hope of finding a new part time job.  I have been looking at Seek and can't see much for such few hours that I am after...and also I just saw a thread on EB about a lot of frustration invloved with looking for p/t work.

I have a business degree but have mostly been looking at Admin type roles.  I'm in Melbourne.

Please tell me about your experience in looking for p/t work.  I have been looking around a little with not much success and I am thinking of quitting and looking for something else in a year or 2 but the more I think about it the more I think I will regret it.

Thanks for any feedback.

#2 Mitis angelam

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Would it be possible for you to temp for a bit?  You could make yourself available only for the hours that worked for you, and IME temping often leads to job offers.  (Or at least, it did each time I did it!)

#3 Mum2ZandE

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Temping led me to my current part time job too.


#4 mmuc83

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

Personally i would try and make it work with the extra few hours and then look for something...

How flexible is you work with start times?  Can you work around them?

#5 Coffeegirl

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

I'm not sure if my experience will be helpful, but it took me 7 years to find a part time, school hours job.  

I'd been working full time until I found one in July last year.   I'm in Sth Sydney and I was looking for Admin/office/AR/debt collection/customer service type roles sad.gif. Just nothing available.

And to be honest my role now is up to 74 hours a fortnight, I'm just lucky enough to be able to work the extra hours from home.

#6 madmax1

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

I have been looking for months now as I have childcare issues and have no one to help out. Nothing going for the hours that suit and if they are EVERYONE wants that job. Its so hard and if I were you I would stick out what you have until you find something else. Life might be hard to start off with but see how you go, you may adjust quicker than you think.

#7 ellebelle

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

I think a lot of the time flexibility in a role only comes once you have earned your brownie points. For example, where I work a few people were full time and were respected employees and they only wanted to come back part time after maternity leave so we have tried to work with them. In some cases, it's been a pain in the butt because the job is bigger than they are prepared to commit to but we have tried to work around that. If they left, we possibly wouldn't offer the role as part time to the next person, it would be full time again.

Edited by ellebelle, 21 February 2013 - 04:58 PM.


#8 Rolex

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

I know I was so lucky to get my p/t job so easily.  After 9 years as a sahm, I jumped on Seek the week after my youngest child started school.  Interview a week later, and started a week after that.  Mon-Fri 9-2:30.

2 years on and I'm pregnant again and not sure if I'm going back at this stage as I won't do 5 days a week with a very young child.  We (work and I) are just going to wait and see what happens towards the end of my 12 months mat leave, as to whether or not I can go back 2-3 days a week.

I was very lucky that the timing was obviously perfect.


#9 Feral_Pooks

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

I agree that if at all possible, hang on to your job before getting something else. Generally it is easier to find a job when already employed. Good luck, I think it can be difficult to find but with your skills and experiences you are well placed.

#10 Beancat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:53 PM

Try looking on bank websites for customer service (teller) roles.  These hours are very close to school hours

#11 Coffeegirl

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (Beancat @ 21/02/2013, 06:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Try looking on bank websites for customer service (teller) roles.  These hours are very close to school hours


I tried these and got to final panel selection with two different banks.  That was when they advised that the 'flexible work hours' equated to any 6 hour shift between 8:30- 6pm and you had to work a certain amount of Saturdays as well sad.gif. Seems as the newbie, you got the rotaing shifts and the senior staff got the stable 9-3 shifts.




ETA.  Didn't mean to come across as a Debbie Downer OP!

Try smaller employment agencies as well in your local suburbs.  I got 2 jobs through my local boutique agency and they seemed to have more flexible employers.

Sydney has an agency that specialises in 9-3 and fleixble jobs.  Maybe they could recommend a similar agency in Melbourne?  http://www.nine2three.com.au/

Look for job share positions as well.  Where you work 2 days and the other person works 3.  Or you do 8-12:30 and they do 12:30-5.

Edited by Coffeegirl, 21 February 2013 - 07:16 PM.


#12 mards

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

Yes agree with the PP - Hang on to your job before you secure a new one - As well i would try and make current job work for you - as YES you do earn your brownie points when you have been in the role for some time - and the company can generally be more flexible in the long run.

I had a great part time job for 5 years - fitted in with the kids everything etc etc - but it involved SALES and i was so sick of it - that i just gave it the flick..

It has taken me 3 months to secure another part time role - i will be working in a medical centre - three days a week. -

BUT biggest thing is i have learnt it's WHO you know not what you know - But we do live in a small town!!

Also with a business degree  - a lot of employees may think you are overqualified for admin roles???  and overlook you in the resume process - as they are usually not wanting to pay top $$ for part time roles...

Good luck - it has been a weird 3 months for me - SEEK.com was my friend and enemy   - I can't count the number of jobs i applied for. - but now i can breath a sigh of relief as i have just signed my new contract... and start on Monday!

Good luck

#13 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

I have been looking for part time work for a couple of years. I have ended up taking short term contracts instead.
Contracting has definitely got me roles that I end up making flexible (cause I'm awesome LOL!) but I have now been looking for 6 months for something part time or flexible and its definitely gotten harder. The market is really tight.

Definitely don't quit till you have found something else unless you would be okay with not working or havin to take something full time to start with.

#14 Another one

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

QUOTE (Coffeegirl @ 21/02/2013, 05:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not sure if my experience will be helpful, but it took me 7 years to find a part time, school hours job.  

I'd been working full time until I found one in July last year.   I'm in Sth Sydney and I was looking for Admin/office/AR/debt collection/customer service type roles sad.gif . Just nothing available.

And to be honest my role now is up to 74 hours a fortnight, I'm just lucky enough to be able to work the extra hours from home.


You are 1 hour short of being full time at my work!

#15 Exhaustedbuthappy

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE (Lil Chickens @ 21/02/2013, 07:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You are 1 hour short of being full time at my work!


72.5 hours a fortnight is a full time Qld public service job!

#16 PureBliss

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

I am a Careers Counsellor and never recommend Seek to my clients when they are looking for that perfect part time job. Most part time jobs are snapped up before an ad is even drafted.

Tell everyone you know and everyone you meet what you are looking for. Be as clear as possible - eg. Reception work, in x location, with x hours.

Build a Linked In Profile, connect with old colleagues and tell them you are looking too.

Build your network - eg. if you can squeeze in some volunteer work that might become an avenue for paid employment.

It sounds like the workload is increasing if your current job needs you for more hours. Is there enough of an increase to justify another resource to job share with you? This could be a good place to start.

Best of luck



#17 Julie3Girls

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

From what I've seen part time is really hard to get, particularly part time with flexibility for school.

I'm part time, school hours  3 days a week. Absolutely ideal, and there is no way I could possibly replace it. The only way I got it was by working their full time and gradually dropping my hours.  And most people I know with decent part time situations have done the same thing. Walking straight into a part time job is pretty hard to do.

As to whether or not you should quit to look for something else ... That's really going to depend on your individual circumstances.  Whether you can afford to be out of work completely until you find something, how hard it would be to work around the increased hours and if it is worth it compared with the alternative of unemployment.

#18 Silver Girl

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

I am in a similar situation, OP.

I was lamenting the lack of advertised part time roles with a senior recruitment person today.

She suggested that I apply for full time roles. She advised me to say at the interview stage that I've read the job description and believe I can do it 3 days a week and would that be an option?

Apparently it might appeal to some employers for cost cutting reasons. Could be wishful thinking, but may be worth a try.

#19 Swelle

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

I have 16 years with my current employer and went for a ft job a few years back then requested to jobshare when I was offered the position. I work 19 hours across 4 days, only really realised how lucky I am recently. lots of mums whose youngest are at school now with my sons are struggling to get any sort of work.

#20 Mischief Managed

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

I work part time - it came about after contracting to a company and then became 2 days-3 days-and now 4 days a week.

When I moved to my current job I applied for a full time role and convinced then they needed me and I could do it part time.  It seems to be working original.gif  I do work more then I should however I really like what I do wink.gif

What sort of work did you do with your degree?  Could you do consultancy work?

#21 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

Hi OP...just my experience, but if there is a job you really like, and it's full time, still apply for it, and at the interview ask about options re part time ...this worked for me in my current role...if they really like you as a candidate , they'll consider it.  I got 4 days through applying for a full time job, and now I'm back with them after A years maternity leave I'm down to three ...

Good luck!


#22 zande

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

I work 9-2.30 three days a week and no school holidays, I'm extremely fortunate and I absolutely love my job. I was actually offered it after being a SAHM for 10 years. This is a company I had worked at prior to having my children and I've stayed in touch over the years, mid last year they rang me to offer me a job, I stated my conditions (ie. couldn't work school hols as I don't have child care) and they said yes! I pinch myself every day and I'm very grateful.

I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found this job.

#23 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:11 PM

This really is very industry specific. In my industry, there is NO part time work, unless you have gone on mat leave and negotiated it on return. There are no part time jobs to actually apply for.

Other industries are different though - I'd have thought admin would be conducive to part time...

#24 Freddie'sMum

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:22 PM

Hi OP

I have a success story for you - *me*.

Between babies - I wanted to work part time.  The jobs that I found were all advertised - eg seek / my career etc.

Then I finally got both girls into daycare - 3 days a week - and there were NO part time jobs around (this was 2008 / 2009).

I got a few interviews - but never got the job, so was getting very disillusioned with it all.  When I did make it to the interview stage - the (potential) boss would say "oh we have had 200 people apply for this role" - which definitely freaked me out !!  

One day, the girls were at daycare and I thought of a different approach.  I was at home and I started googling law firms - near the suburb where we lived - and I cold called them.  I literally had a pen and paper and just wrote down phone numbers, googled their websites, saw if they had a marketing / HR department and just cold called places.  I explained - very politely - that I was job searching and would there be any positions available - either now or in the future.

I found most people were very nice about it.  I got lots of rejections - but hey - I was sitting at home cold calling people, I wasn't expected to be invited to the Christmas party just yet original.gif

I actually got 2 jobs out of this method - the first one was literally a temp job - I was there for 3 weeks.  The second one I am still with (my current) employer.  I have been there for 3+ years now.  

I would say that once you have done the usual of applying for (advertised) jobs - then take the bull by the horns and start asking about the (unadvertised) ones.  Ask friends and family.  Ask neighbours.  Can you do what I did - just sit / google / visit websites of places you would like to work and cold call them up - be ready for rejection - I certainly was - but also be ready if they ask you to send in your CV / Resume.  Have it ready to go.

Also - I am a legal secretary - I applied for / asked about any jobs going in the secretarial / admin / receptionist roles.  Broaden the base of what it is you want to do.

Best wishes.


Edited by Freddie'sMum, 21 February 2013 - 08:24 PM.


#25 Fluster

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE (Silver Girl @ 21/02/2013, 07:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She suggested that I apply for full time roles. She advised me to say at the interview stage that I've read the job description and believe I can do it 3 days a week and would that be an option?

Apparently it might appeal to some employers for cost cutting reasons. Could be wishful thinking, but may be worth a try.


Wouldn't you be concerned that you'd be expected to cram five days work into three days and receive less pay?   I can't imagine you'd be making any friends with colleagues who were doing the same job in five days, and then covering for you when you weren't around.




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