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January 31, 2008 10:00 AM   Subscribe

I need a full-time job. Right now I work part-time at an office I really like, and would love to be able to just come on full-time there. How do I raise this with my boss?

When I took this job 6 months ago, it was made very clear to me that there was no possibility for it to become a full-time position. That was not a problem at all, as I was making a good chunk of my income from freelance work, and had just wanted a regular part-time job for stability's sake.

The circumstances of my life have changed, and make the ebb and flow of even part-time freelancing untenable. So, I'm trying to cobble together 40 or so hours of reliable work a week.

I would be happy to stay at my current job and take another part-time job if I can find one, but my preference would be to work full-time for my current employer. Otherwise I will have to start looking into full-time jobs elsewhere, which is my last choice.

Any advice about how to handle this would be greatly appreciated.
posted by thinkingwoman to Work & Money (10 answers total)
 
I would just tell my boss that I'm looking for an additional job to make up a 40-hour week, and that if anything was available at the company I'd like to be considered for it. No need to make it a big deal at all.
posted by pocams at 10:11 AM on January 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I agree, bring it up straightaway, and talk about how much you enjoy your current work.
posted by xammerboy at 10:24 AM on January 31, 2008


"Hi, boss. Do you have a free 20 mins. sometime today? Great, thanks.

I've really been enjoying my work here. My life has changed since I started this job, and now I'm interested in diving into a full-time position here. I know that there was no possibility for this job to turn into a full-time position as of 6 months ago...and I'm wondering if either this position or another one could be available to me on a full-time basis. What do you think?

Ok, that's helpful to hear. What concerns would you have about me taking on X job? What other positions might become available? What else would you want to see to know that I was a good fit for the job?

Thanks a lot for your time, boss. Can we schedule another conversation after I've had time to think about the possibilities?"
posted by equipoise at 10:36 AM on January 31, 2008


Would your employer be open to you filling two part time jobs with this employer?
posted by advicepig at 12:32 PM on January 31, 2008


Yeah, just talk to your boss, saying you're aware that there was no possibility of it being a full time job but that you love working there and would really like something full time. The worst that happens is s/he tells you nothing is available but at least is aware that you would like to be hired on a more permanent basis.

No need to make a big production out of it, just ask for a convenient time to meet or go out to lunch or something.
posted by 6550 at 12:35 PM on January 31, 2008


is this something better done face-to-face or in a heads-up-style email? she and i barely interact besides "good morning," so asking for a face-to-face seems like it would turn it into a bigger deal than it really is. on the other hand, i don't want to underplay my desire to work full-time there, either. hrm.
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:47 PM on January 31, 2008


Face to face - it is a big deal, big enough that you might be (regretfully) quitting if you find a full time posiiton elsewhere. With my bosses, I could poke my head in their door and just ask if they have a few minutes to talk but if you need to schedule something, I still think face-to-face is better than an email.
posted by metahawk at 1:53 PM on January 31, 2008


Rather than saying, "Hey, any chance you can pay me to be here full-time from now on?", you need to go in there and show your boss that you are indispensable, that it is in the company's best interest to utilize your talents on a full-time basis, and that you can accomplish so much more for your boss and for the company if you are there 40 hours per week.

In other words, don't ask if you can be full-time; tell then that they need you full-time.
posted by kitty teeth at 2:20 PM on January 31, 2008


oops, that should say "tell them that they need you full-time."
posted by kitty teeth at 3:42 PM on January 31, 2008


Do you know why there's not a possibility for full-time status? If it's because they are unwilling to pay benefits then you may be out of luck.

Nthing everyone's advice. Ask and be gracious about it no matter what the boss says.
posted by 26.2 at 10:21 PM on January 31, 2008


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