About looking for part time work?

(10 Posts)
Jayne266 Mon 25-Feb-13 21:10:35

I am looking for a new job and I am looking for part time. I can only do certain days due to childcare, do I inform the business of these days in my cover letter?

chanie44 Tue 26-Feb-13 17:30:56

Personally, I would call and ask before submitting an application as you don't want to waste either your time or their time by applying if its inlikely. You should ask if there is flexibility rather than saying what you can/can't do (unless asked) as it sounds less demanding.

Moominsarehippos Tue 26-Feb-13 17:35:16

I would put it in writing. When I was looking I'd even apply for full time roles asking if they would consider p/t. I did get an interview or two using this tactic! I eventually did get a p/t role (advertised as p/t).

Iggly Tue 26-Feb-13 17:37:06

Yes but do you have scope to change the days at all?

Jayne266 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:01:02

The third day I can change but 2 of them I can't and I can do weekends if they would like me to. I just don't know how to word this.

ceeveebee Tue 26-Feb-13 19:03:48

Tbh I wouldn't - if you get an interview you can mention it then.

Iggly Tue 26-Feb-13 19:38:53

Some people I know apply for jobs and make a part time request after getting it. But that's for four days.

Some people make the request up front. If you do three days a week is tell them because easier and you don't want to piss them off.

How are you applying? If by CV and covering letter, then stick something in the letter. If via website - is there a section in the form for other comments?

MegBusset Tue 26-Feb-13 19:45:56

I would not mention it in the cover letter as you may get weeded out before interview stage for that reason. If you get an interview and they really like you, then they are more likely to be flexible to work around your available days. (Likewise if you get offered the job and decide you really want it, you may be able to find other childcare options for those days.)

I'm assuming that you are applying for p/t jobs in the first place. I personally would not apply for f/t jobs if you are only available p/t, it's wasting their time and may put them off considering you for any p/t jobs that came up in future.

Jayne266 Tue 26-Feb-13 22:07:42

No No am applying for p/t jobs am using a specialist agency and website that has lots of jobs for my qualification.

So some are just looking at my cv some want a cover letter as well.

I have only started properly today and would like to start on the right foot.

VonHerrBurton Sat 09-Mar-13 16:17:58

In the current jobs climate, its difficult enough to even get through a potential employer's door without presenting can do / can't do. I would say I could work any day, any time. If they like you, they will be more open to negotiation because they will want you.

I did this to get a short term temp job - I now have a permanent pt job with perfect days and times. I wouldn't have got through the door if I had told them how restricted I was!

Good luck x

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