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Four Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job
USE IT TO FURTHER YOUR CAREER
Even if the career field you’re pursuing doesn’t have part-time opportunities, there are usually ancillary jobs that might lead to something full time or give you valuable experience, such as working as a customer service rep at a marketing firm, or in maintenance at a car manufacturer. There’s nothing wrong with starting at the bottom, and a foot in the door can be invaluable. You’ll meet the right people, and they’ll see your great work ethic.
PICK A JOB YOU’LL ENJOY
You can turn almost any hobby or passion into a job. If you’re a sports nut, refereeing is flexible, fun and a great way to get paid to exercise. You can make several hundred dollars a month depending on how many games you ref. If you’re a big hunter, try a part-time job at an outdoors store. Being around something you love will make punching the clock a lot more enjoyable.
LOOK FOR FLEXIBILITY
There are countless ways to become an independent contractor. It’s a fairly simple process to get licensed as an independent fitness consultant (try the National Academy of Sports Medicine), or as a distributor for any number of health products. Working for yourself allows you to put as much (or as little) time into it as you want—perfect for your Guard/civilian life balancing act.
CONSIDER THE ADDITIONAL PERKS
Part-time jobs can be much more than a paycheck if you pick a job that has a great employee discount. Whether it’s a free membership to a gym, free movies or a small discount on everything you buy at a retail store, look into the employment perks when you’re selecting a job. Think about where you already spend a lot of your time (and money). Saving here and there with discounts can go a long way.