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Applying for a full time job but only wanting part time hours?

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beela Tue 24-Jan-17 21:51:41

I currently work 18.5 hours a week. I don't really want to increase that massively, if at all. However, the vast majority of jobs in my profession / industry and at my level are full time.

I have seen a job advertised that I would really like to apply for. However, it is advertised as a full time role. Do I:
a) ring the organisation and ask if they would consider an application for part time/job share
b) complete the application form and mention it in the covering letter
c) don't mention it until I get offered it (assuming I did!)?

fluffandsnuff Tue 24-Jan-17 21:54:08

I did a) and got the job. However, there was a reason why they were willing to bend over backwards to accommodate me- the job turned out to be a nightmare! But if it's specialist and you know your stuff no harm in asking 🙂

Creatureofthenight Tue 24-Jan-17 21:54:38

I would do a).

Josieannathe2nd Tue 24-Jan-17 21:59:36


beela Tue 24-Jan-17 22:02:04

I originally thought a).

A friend suggested c), but if I was recruiting and someone did that then I think I'd be a bit irritated!

So then I thought I would maybe send in my application so they could see how brilliantly I would fit into the role grin but also be upfront about things at the same time. Perhaps I should just ring for a chat.

MrsRaymondReddington Tue 24-Jan-17 22:08:18

Having worked in management and recruitment for many years, I'd go for A or B....definitely not C! I don't know the individual circumstances, but if I encountered someone doing C, I would be so pissed off! Especially if they were perfect for the position. Go with A because if you sell yourself well during the conversation and there is room for negotiation of hours, they will let you know.

titchy Tue 24-Jan-17 22:12:28

I'd do a) - in fact I did! But I was able to offer 28 hours a week plus flexible working so extra if needed, so can you rethink what you could do?

beela Tue 24-Jan-17 22:31:17

Thanks for the responses - really helpful.

Titchy yes I could potentially go up a bit on the hours. Our youngest DC will start preschool in September so I could be a bit more flexible then..... and once I factor in my 3 months notice in my current job then I'd be halfway there, so that's worth thinking about, thank you.

titchy Wed 25-Jan-17 07:56:54

I don't know what childcare plans you have for school holidays but I worked FT in holidays, on the basis that someone else was looking after them, and fewer hours in term time.

OllyBJolly Wed 25-Jan-17 10:05:36

I'm going to against the grain and say C. If you are a good candidate and the employer thinks you are right for the job then you make your case when your negotiating position is strongest.

If they have advertised a FT role and you say right at the start you want PT you are excluding yourself before the starting blocks. Call up and it won't be a decision maker who will answer; it will be whoever is administering the application process. No room to manoeuvre.

It might piss off the HR people (and I used to be an HR Director) then so be it. If it's right for the company then they work around it.

Good luck

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