Part Time Jobs

How to Get a Part Time Job


Working moms, students, retirees and many other people have been taking on part time jobs for years. Today, part time jobs have become more common as employers reduce work hours in order to lower overhead expenses in the wake of the great recession.

Whether you need extra cash, are making a career transition or prefer a job that doesn’t require you to work a full week, a part time job is probably what you are looking for.

Popular Part Time Jobs

Service industry – The service industry provides a lot of part time opportunities. Bars and restaurants have a variety of positions and several shifts throughout the day which lends well to those needing to pick up extra work.

Creative work – Many businesses need to have creative work done, but very few require it on a full time basis. That’s why creative jobs such as logo design, video production and copywriting are typically contracted out. Though these aren’t long term, they are part time jobs that can oftentimes pay well.

Retail – Like the service industry, many retail stores have multiple shifts throughout the day. If you do have a full-time job already, a retail job could be a good option since many are open later in the afternoon and evening.

In July 2010 Forbes used BLS data to compile a list of 10 popular part time jobs which include:

  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Customer Service
  • Office Clerks
  • Laborers
  • Janitors
  • Stock Clerks
  • Retail Sales Personnel
  • Cashiers
  • Waiters/Waitresses
  • Food Prep/Serving Workers

Babysitting/Nanny services, dog walking and petting sitting and lawn care services are also popular part time jobs that didn’t make the list.

Finding Part Time Jobs in Your Area

Employment agencies – The main goal of an employment agency is to get you work. They place people in all types of jobs, including part time and temp work. Just let your case manager know the type of work you’re looking for, the hours you can work and the number of hours per week you’re wanting to work.

Guidance counselors and career offices – High school and college students can take advantage of services provided by their schools to get help finding a part time job. If you’re in high school visit your guidance counselor to discuss part time job options. College students should have an entire office dedicated to helping them find part time work during the school year, summer and after graduating.

Local newspapers – Local newspapers are still a good resource for finding work in your local area. Many papers will even separate part time jobs into their own section.

Internet – The internet, of course, is the main resource used to find jobs today. In fact, if your local newspaper has an sister website it’s better to look online than in the paper. That way you get the most up-to-date information. Some job websites are more niche covering employment opportunities for a specific area or industry while others are very broad, with thousands of part time jobs all over the country.