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When job ads are in short supply, there are many different ways of finding a part-time or flexible job. Here are some ideas…

We all know about recruiters and job boards as a way of finding a job, but where do you look when the role you want is in short supply and not being advertised as much? Honestly speaking, the part-time and flexible jobs market is not as big as we’d like it to be, but we’re trying to change that through our Hire Me My Way campaign. In the meantime though, all is not lost, it just means being a bit more creative with your job search. Embrace the challenge and go for it!

Take it on spec

How about turning what feels like a negative situation into a positive? Think about a company you’ve always wanted to work for that has a good reputation for offering part-time and flexible work and contact them. Most companies are happy to be sent speculative CVs and this method can be surprisingly successful. By doing this you’re also striking-up a relationship with the organisation, so don’t be afraid to follow-up a few days after you sent your CV.

Sometimes the answer is right under your nose

Do a google search to find local employers are in your area. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask if they are recruiting. What’s the worst that can happen? They will either say they don’t have any roles or ask you to send in your CV. Not that bad is it? Don’t forget to also take a look at what’s immediately around you and see if there are opportunities. For example, if you have a child at school or a teen going to college, then don’t be afraid to ask if they, or any other academic institutions in the area, have any roles.

Local business or career fairs are another way of getting to know employers in your area. It’s an informal way of finding out which businesses are likely to be open to flexibility. Even if they’re not hiring at that moment, you’ve got yourself ahead of the competition by establishing a relationship with them.

Social Media

It’s free and a great way to shout about your skills and talents. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and you have a photo. Don’t forget to update your connections as you never know where they might take you. Twitter is also a good way of finding out which employers are hiring, as well as up-to-the-minute tweets from job boards or recruiters. Finally, Facebook is also a powerful tool for spreading the word, so don’t be afraid to post that you are looking for a job, all it takes is one share and you could land that all-important interview.

I heard it through the grapevine…

Just by talking to people you may be surprised by what you hear. If you’re a parent then just talking to other parents at the school gate can get you started on your search. Asking friends or family can also bring up some interesting leads. It may sound like obvious advice, but it’s common for people not to connect their knowledge with your needs, so spell it out.

Face the challenge with a creative outlook

It’s not a great market out there and we’re trying to change that, but while that’s happening have fun with your job search and try and be as creative as possible. There are no hard and fast rules to finding a part time or flexible job, so go by your gut instinct and do what feels right for you.

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