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How do I find a part time reasonably well paid job?

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vicdubya Sun 17-Apr-05 21:36:07

When we move I am going to have to get a part time job (currently I am a sahm following voluntary redundancy while on mat leave).

How do I go about getting a part time job of the same calibre that I had when working full time?

I need to earn the same sort of money pro rata as I used to, ideally 3 days / week.

What's the best way to go about it? Recruitment consultants? Approach companies directly?

Do I stand a chance of finding something?

KBear Sun 17-Apr-05 21:38:49

what did you do before?

paolosgirl Sun 17-Apr-05 21:41:09

I'm not quite sure how it happens (magic? tax threashold more likely) but I job share, and get paid more pro rata than if I did if I worked full time. Do you still have any contacts in your field? Would it be worth contacting any of them (or perhaps advertising in the trade rag) to see if anyone is thinking of going p/t, and you could maybe job-share?

vicdubya Sun 17-Apr-05 21:44:36

Last 10 yrs worked in sales / marketing, with additional stuff in IT, have a degree & language skills.

vicdubya Sun 17-Apr-05 21:45:46

Yes may be able to make use of contacts, although moving to a new area.

pixiefish Sun 17-Apr-05 21:46:51

Go and do a PGCE for 9 months and then try and get supply work. Hard slog for 9 months but excellent rates of pay for supply

JanH Sun 17-Apr-05 21:49:54

You could try jobcentreplus - mine has some good jobs locally.

treacletart Sun 17-Apr-05 22:44:46

Could you work freelance? I've been doing freelance marketing work this year and it hasn't been anywhere near as scary as I'd thought. Granted I haven't got a great deal of security , but I'm earning much more for less hours and easier, more intersting work than I was doing before.

onlineid Mon 18-Apr-05 20:53:49

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vicdubya Mon 18-Apr-05 20:57:21

JanH thanks for the link, some interesting stuff.

Treacletart, how did you start off exactly? I'd never considered that!

ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 20:58:41

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vicdubya Mon 18-Apr-05 21:08:34

I don't think I could cope with teaching, it's just not me!

I did a TEFL course once and I hated every minute of it!

grumpyfrumpy Tue 19-Apr-05 09:48:45

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carolerl Fri 22-Apr-05 22:52:36

You have a good background. What you are looking for is a bit niche -so it's not likely recruitment agencies could help. Recruitment agencies are paid by - and therefore work for - their client companies. ie they don't find jobs for people. (10 years in recruitment and that is a common misconception)
I would say first get the book 101 answers to tough interview questions by John Yates - it's great and not just about interviews but the whole job hunting process. Then research and select a few local companies and contact them directly. Be open about what you're looking for - interesting, challenging part time work. You open up more doors by saying you'll consider a three month trial or fixed term contract ie the employer's not committing themselves and may just have a project that could do with that extra resource. Very best of luck!

runtus Wed 27-Apr-05 10:40:45

Treacle - how did you go about getting some freelance marketing work?? I am in the same line and would dearly love to go freelance but I have no idea where to start with it..........all help greatly appreciated

treacletart Mon 09-May-05 19:59:51

Hi Vicdubya, Hi Runtu

Sorry not to have seen your Qs ealier... and sorry too that I haven't got any earth-shattering tips for you.

I had a massive leg-up in that the freelance work I've done has all come through existing contacts and organisations associated with my previous job, so I haven't had to get very proactive (I've only got 2 clients and both now want to employ me... at less money but v flexible hours ) Both organisations are in similar fields to my last job ie publicly funded arts/heritage.

I costed per project on a projected day rate of £150 (fairly standard in my field, but I understand quite cheap in the commercial sector) but both ran over a bit so I ended up working for a little less than this.

I think its important to to define a specialist field so you can target and market yourself directly to suitable companies. There might even be newsgroups and bulletins where opportunities in your chosen field are posted - sign up for them all.

Use every networking opportunity you can and get the word out with any existing contacts that you'll be up for any projects.

IMO, many organisations, particularly smaller ones, can be quite scared by marketing, or treat marketing as a bit of an afterthought - So getting an external person in on a low-risk basis to suggest how they ought to be going about things - and perhaps do it for them - can be very appealing.

HTH, sorry I cant be more enlightening, good luck

star100 Thu 19-May-05 09:01:08

Hello all, new to internet so be gentle!

I'm part-time (finish at 3) but really want a lower grade job as I'm manic and feel totaly stressed, so even though I see my 3 boys in afternoon/evening I'm shouty mum!

Any advice on what would be good? Would have to earn £10ish an hour to make it worth it!

Want to work as hubbies job unstable (redundencies always looming!).

Any ideas for the ideal?!!!

Like the jobcentre thing - will look into that!

Enid Thu 19-May-05 09:02:57

treacletart you aren't in the south west by any chance?

Toothache Thu 19-May-05 09:09:09

Star100 - What type of work? If you sign up with an employment agency that deals with Construction/Petrochemical etc you would perhaps get a job as a Technical Clerk. That involves assisting the engineers or plant managers in safety auditing, paper work, admin stuff. You would only really need to have good PC skills. That usually pays anywhere between £7.50 to £10 per hour.

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