How to Search for a Part-Time Job

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Are you looking for a part-time job? As with full-time positions, job search engines list part-time opportunities.  It may just require a bit of digging for you to discover the listings. In most cases, using the Advanced Search options on job sites will allow you to sort by type of position, and narrow the results to include only part-time job listings.

Also check directly with companies that you are interested in working at.

Many list openings on their website and you may be able to specify your availability when you apply if it's for a flexible position.

How to Search Online for a Part-Time Job

See instructions below for how to search for a part-time job on several of the major job search engines.

Search for Part-Time Jobs on

  • Click on Advanced Job Search or go directly to's Advanced Job Search page.
  • Select Show Jobs of Type: Part-time.
  • Select a Location.
  • Add Keywords if you are searching for a particular type of job i.e. retail, customer service, etc.
  • Click Find Jobs.

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Search for Part-Time Jobs on

  • Click on Advanced or go directly to's Advanced page.
  • Enter "part time" in the keyword box.
  • Enter your zip code.
  • Select job tags if you are interested in a specific type of position.
  • Click Search Jobs.

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Search for Part-Time Jobs on

  • Click on Part Time or visit's Part Time Jobs page.
  • Part Time will already be entered in the keyword box.
  • Add your location and click on Search All Jobs.

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Search for Part-Time Jobs on

Search for Jobs on Craigslist

Craigslist is another good source of part-time job listings. To search for part-time jobs on Craigslist, select your location, then click on part-time under Jobs. It's at the bottom of the lists of types of jobs, so you may need to scroll down to find the link to click.

Narrowing Your Search

When you're looking for a specific type of part-time job, such as job that has evening, night or weekend hours add that term to your search query.

Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job

Here are  time-saving tips that will help you find a part-time job fast.

Be Prepared. Have voice mail set up on your phone so potential employers can get in touch with you. Also be prepared to interview on-the-spot and even to get a job offer immediately.

Apply Direct Online. Many major employers of part-time workers, like JC Penney, FedEx and Walmart, accept online applications. Visit the website of companies you are interested to see if you can apply online.

Know When You Can Work. You may be asked what days and hours you are available to work, so have your schedule available when you apply.

Be Alert. If you are interested in retail employment, keep you eye out for "help wanted" signs in store windows when you're at the mall or in town. Ask the Manager if the store is hiring if you don't see a sign.

Apply In Person. Applying in person is often the best mechanism for finding a part-time job. When you apply, your attire should be neat and tidy, hair and fingernails well groomed and your shoes moderate.

What to Bring. Bring the information you'll need to fill out an application, including n mes and addresses of previous employers, dates of employment, references, and a resume if you have one. If you're a teen, bring your working papers. Be prepared for a brief on-the-spot interview. Know when you are available to start the job and what hours you can work each week.

Have References Ready. Have a list of three references including name and phone number and email address ready to give to interviewers.

If you don't have employment references use other people, like people you have babysat for or neighbors, who can vouch for you.

Keep Track. Make a list of the companies you have applied to. After an interview, jot down the name of the person you spoke to. It's easy to forgot or get mixed up when you are applying for several jobs. This way you will be prepared if you get a follow-up phone call.

Get Help. Utilize free or inexpensive services that provide and job search assistance such as high school guidance offices, college student employment offices and career services offices, state Department of Labor offices and your local public library.

Use Your Network. Be aware of the fact that many, if not most, job openings aren't advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Ask if they can help. Just recently, I have heard about someone getting hired for a position that her dentist told her about. Someone else got an internship because he mentioned he was looking at a birthday party. While an acquaintance was offered a job over the phone by an employer his friend had given his resume to. Networking really does work!

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