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To apply for full time posts when I only want part time work?

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maybunny Wed 03-Apr-13 22:59:57

I'm currently on maternity leave and didn't intend to go back to work until ds is 1 in September but I was made redundant a couple of weeks ago.

I knew this was coming and have been looking since last year for part time work in my area (management level accounting) and there has been literally not one job in a 40 mile radius for months and months so am quite worried now as to long it'll take me to get a new role.

My dh says I should apply for full time work then if I get offered the role to ask for it to be part time! Is this ok? Would employers take my request seriously or just be annoyed that I wasted their time applying for a full time role which I cannot accept on their terms?
I have to go back to work as sadly as my dh cannot support us on his wage alone but we can get by on me working part time.
Quite worried about it all now :-(

kitbit Wed 03-Apr-13 23:02:48

Don't apply for something you don't want or can't do, it is wasting everyone's time and more stressful in the long run. However do go for interview and mention it there, that way you aren't hired under false pretences. Good luck!

MrsHeggulePoirot Wed 03-Apr-13 23:03:54

I have considered a new job and emailed asking if hey would consider part time for the right candidate. Thy said yes - worth a shot?

Confuseddd Wed 03-Apr-13 23:05:42

It depends how strong a candidate you are for the role but employers will make concessions to get good people so you should go for it. Don't start negotiating on hours until you have a bit of confidence that they'll offer.

TiredFeet Wed 03-Apr-13 23:06:23

I did this and the gamble paid off. It was public sector though where there is usually a culture of flexible working. And I was upfront about having a child at interview so I don't think they were surprised by my request to do four days (which I have now cut down to 3.5).

maybunny Wed 03-Apr-13 23:07:03

Well the way I see it is they could 'take advantage' and get me to do the job in less time saving them money!
I'm worried if I mention it at the interview they might just dismiss me straight away.....

TiredFeet Wed 03-Apr-13 23:08:16

There would also be nothing wrong with targetting particular organisations with your cv and say you are looking for part time work, even if they aren't advertising right now...

maybunny Wed 03-Apr-13 23:12:49

Thanks tiredfeet that's exactly what I'm planning on doing in order to be as pro active as possible - then they can keep me on file, seeing as I can wait a while for work due to the redundancy payment acting as a financial cushion.

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