No, my availability is NOT flexible.
January 9, 2013 5:16 AM Subscribe
I need a job on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. What's the best way to approach my job search?
posted by Perodicticus potto to Work & Money (21 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently attending college all day on Mondays (studying animal care) and working in a vet's surgery on Thursdays (for a 12-hour shift) and Fridays (six hours). I'd like to find another job on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, preferably working 9-5 or something close to it. (My husband works full time, and I'd rather be working in the hours when I would otherwise be home alone, rather than evenings or weekends when I could be spending time with him.)
So either I need to find an employer who is advertising for someone to work on precisely those days, or one who wants an employee for 14-16 hours a week and is not particular about which days those hours are worked. Such employers may or may not exist, but I'm having trouble searching for them, because I haven't yet found a site that will let me filter vacancies by days and hours required. So I have to look through dozens of jobs I'm not available for before finding one I might be able to do.
I've also considered the possibility of home-based or freelance work, but am finding it difficult to spot genuine opportunities among the multitude of scams. I signed up for a couple of websites with good reputations -- Textbroker and Clickworker -- but they don't seem to have much work available.
Can anyone give me advice about focusing my job search more effectively? Is there a way to proactively approach employers without my limited availability putting them off? Are there any promising types of work that I might not have considered? Any agencies or sites you can recommend for people in my situation?
(Some further background if needed: In addition to animal care, I also have experience in writing, editing, researching and admin. I live in London, and I don't have a car. I wouldn't be willing to do any work that involved harm to animals -- including cooking/selling meat -- or anything of an "adult" nature.)