Job searching can really be daunting especially when you have limitations. It makes the application process scarier. However, despite the limits that you have, it is still possible for you to prove your worth to the company you are applying for.

If you are interested in a full-time position, but you can only work part-time, there is still a great chance for you to get hired as long as you demonstrate your value to your potential employer.

As an organizational psychologist and as a coach for job searchers, what I advise job seekers who are under this circumstance is that they should do everything at 100% and should go to the process as if they want to work full-time. In other words, show your skills as if you could offer the company a full-time value despite your part-time schedule.

If you have the skills and if you can do the job, it is much more important for you to demonstrate what you can do. Tell them your capabilities and highlight your efficiency. Explain what you can do and how those could greatly contribute to the company. Showing statistics from previous work experiences such as how you doubled or tripled sales with your efforts would also help. Once you have proven that you can be a great asset to the company, there is a good chance for you to get the job.

Another thing that I advise applicants with this kind of situation is to show the potential employer how they can save the company cost and increase profits. That is because part-time employees normally do not get the same benefits as full-time workers such as insurance. Showing how the company can save money on hiring part-time workers would help a lot.

Lastly, personality is equally important. Efficiency and competence are both important in doing a job. However, those would be pointless if your attitude at work is not good. Showing a good sense of professionalism and good work ethics would always put you a bar higher. In my years of observing job seekers, I saw that some of them were turned down despite their competence. The reason is poor attitude. Hence, during the interview, it would be nice to put your best put forward by showing your outstanding personal attributes. This would give a positive impression to your potential employer and might reconsider to hire you despite the limit in your schedule.

To wrap up, limits certainly impede chances of getting hired in a company. However, when you show your worth and prove that you could be an asset to the company, employers would reconsider hiring you. Demonstrating a combination of efficiency, competence, and a good attitude will help you get the job that you like.



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Cherry A. Collier, Ph.D., MCC, CNLPMC, RCC, CPCC

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Dr. Cherry

Cherry A. Collier, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist, Strategist, Executive Coach, and Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Consultant for Personality Matters, Inc. Her science-based approach and brain-based techniques, propel people, teams, and organizations to build bridges and work from the inside out to achieve their goals. Dr. Cherry specializes in emotional intelligence, neuroscience, leadership development, and DEI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She received her Doctorate and Master of Science in Applied Social/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College. She is the author of more than twenty-five Human Behavior related books for leaders, executives, and coaches. Dr. Cherry is often called the DEI Whisperer because she has a unique ability to fiercely “hold the space” and be totally present which creates a psychologically safe environment that allows others all the space they need to fully express themselves. She listens to others with head, heart and hands approach so that they are heard, seen and understood.