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“I have one life to live and this job is eating me up. I have no time or energy for my family or myself. I can’t do this anymore.”
This quote from The Best of Both Worlds by Beth Brykman struck me to the core. Just two and a half short years ago those same words could have come out of my own mouth. In fact, I probably did say something like that! Many times.
A couple years ago I worked full time outside the home as a sales and event manager for a fine dining venue. It was a high stress job with long hours. I had a six month old and a six year old at home that I only saw for the hour and a half between dinner and bed. I was miserable.
So I quit my job.
I knew that finding another full-time job outside the home wasn’t for me. This transition led me to starting a blog and working for myself. And I’ve never looked back!
Why moms are choosing part time work
Part time work, whether self-employed or with an established company, is an option that more and more moms choose. And they’re loving it!
Two-thirds of the women Brykman interviewed say they enjoy part time employment more than full time. In fact, the majority of women who participated in this book claim they are “110% satisfied” with their part time job.
One of the obvious motivating factors in seeking part-time work is the extra income. However, (and perhaps surprisingly) more moms cite “balance” as the main reason they love working part time. In addition to contributing to the family budget and maintaining a professional identity, these moms still have time to spend with the kids at home or get involved at their child’s school.
Many moms view part-time employment as the ultimate solution.
How to find the right part time job for YOU
The first step is to evaluate what you’re looking for in a job:
- Why are you pursuing employment?
- How many hours do you need and what is your ideal schedule?
- What is the minimum income you need to make?
- Are health care benefits a deal-breaker or are you already covered by your spouse’s plan?
- Do you want to work from home or in an office?
- Is it important to continue in the path of your former career? Or are you seeking something new?
Next, assess your skill sets. What do you bring to the table?
Things to include in your resume:
- Previous jobs
- Relevant life experience (even if it isn’t directly work-related)
Identify the type of work you want to pursue
- Think about what excites you — not just something you can put up with, but a job that you love to do.
- If you’re unsure, try a brainstorm session with friends and family. Ask what they think your strengths are — they might present ideas you hadn’t considered.
Ways to find part-time work
- Scale back from full-time — If you’re already in a position you love, see if there is a way to reduce your hours or try a flexible schedule. Your employer may find it easier and more cost effective to keep you happy than to hire and train a replacement.
- Network — Reach out to people who might be able to help connect you with a job or put in a good word for you.
- Volunteer — Find an organization where you can be an asset. Not only will this provide a sense of purpose, in some cases volunteer work may lead to a paid position.
- Cold call — Identify companies that you’d like to work with and reach out to them. (Cold calling seems intimidating, but if you use the tips laid out in this book, you’ll learn how to do it effectively!)
- Further your education — Add a new certification or degree to your resume. This will give you a better chance if you’ve been out of the workplace or want to change careers.
- Start your own business — Can’t find the exact position that works for you? Create it! From network marketing to opening a small business, today more women than ever are working for themselves.
Get the full step-by-step guide to finding the best part time job for YOU
In her book The Best of Both Worlds, author Beth Brykman details exactly how to tailor this plan to fit your own needs. She’ll explain the proper way to cold call businesses, how to turn a volunteer activity into meaningful (paid) work, ideas for starting your own business, and more!
Brykman put together this guide after interviewing over 100 real women and mothers — these steps work. Now go grab the book and make them work for YOU!