Finding Part–Time Work

What You Need to Know

Know when you can work

  • You may be asked what days and hours you are available to work, so have your schedule available when you apply.

Be prepared

  • Have a professional voicemail message ready to receive employers' calls.
  • Be ready to interview on the spot and even to get a job offer immediately.

Be alert

  • If you are interested in retail jobs, keep your eye out for "help wanted" signs in stores when you're out and about.
  • Ask the manager if the store is hiring if you don't see a sign.

Apply in person

  • Applying in person is often the best tactic for landing a part-time job.
  • Your attire should be neat and hair/fingernails well groomed.
  • Bring the information you'll need to fill out an application, including names and addresses of previous employers, dates of employment, references, and a resume. (Need resume help? Come see us!).

Apply online

  • Many major employers of part-time workers, like JC Penney, FedEx and Target, accept online applications.
  • Visit the web site of companies to see if you can apply online.
  • Many online applications ask for your contact information, education and employment history. You will need to know when you worked and what you were paid at your previous jobs.

Use your network

  • Be aware of the fact that many, if not most, job openings aren't advertised.
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Ask if they can help.

Have references ready

  • Have a list of three references (previous employers, teachers, volunteer supervisors, etc.) including names and phone numbers ready to give to interviewers.

Keep track

  • Make a list of the companies you have applied to.
  • After an interview, jot down the name of the person you spoke with. Follow up with them if you do not hear back.