You think you know where to search for jobs. You haunt the online employment sites. You network every day, connecting with former bosses, past co-workers, and other members of your business contacts. You follow and initiate discussions on LinkedIn, and you regular rely on Facebook and Twitter to conduct social media job searches.
But your efforts to find a new job just aren’t paying off.
Have you considered looking for part-time work, at least until you can land that full-time job?
The Part-Time Stopgap
Part-time work isn’t ideal, but it can help you pay the bills until you find a full-time job in your field. And if you do take on part-time work, you can rest assured that you’ll be far from alone. According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8.2 million U.S. workers are working part-time today.
And, yes, many of them are taking on part-time work because they can’t find jobs in today’s dismal hiring environment.
Finding Part-Time Work
If you’re interested in landing part-time work as a stopgap measure, you face a big question? Where do you find such work? Fox News recently ran a story taking a look at the most popular sources of part-time work today. One of the best places for workers to find part-time work today is in the field of online teaching. The Fox story cites such online colleges as Capella University and University of Phoenix as popular sources of online teaching jobs.
These jobs won’t make anyone rich: According to the Fox story, online instructors can expect to earn about $1,500 a course. But that is, at least, money. An online teaching job can also add experience to a resume that is getting thin.
Other Part-Time Job Sources
The Fox story also listed such part-time opportunities as tutoring – with tutors being able to earn as much as $27 an hour – bookkeeping, and teaching English as a second language. Job hunters can also find part-time work in the world of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook as social media support specialists.
As the name suggests, these part-timers help manage the social media presence of companies.
Again, part-time work is far from ideal. But it is better than no paycheck at all.
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