Working part-time for a company or organization has its own benefits like getting more time for family, working in a preferred atmosphere and going through a less stressful phase. Moreover, people can learn some new skills, continue with their education and pursue their hobbies. Nevertheless there are some disadvantages also as you earn low wages, have lesser job security and limited number of career opportunities. That’s why after working for some months or few years, many people take the decision of moving from part-time to full-time jobs. Researches show that more than 9% of part-time employees in the U.S.A. want full-time work and the number rises to 16% in case of people aged between 18 and 29.It is a fact that a good number of part-time workers are facing obstacles when they try to shift to full-time jobs. Reasons may be many; some say they do not have the required skills for in-demand jobs while others say they have not searched for full-time work on a regular basis. But these reasons do not deter them from looking for full-time opportunities. Many of them go to the extent of saying that they are willing to work for a company without any salary for a certain period of time to prove their productivity. Sometimes their struggle for a secured, full-time job takes a toll on health. Health issues, frustration, isolation, high credit card debt, borrowing money from friends or relatives, settling with parents once again- these are all some real problems faced by employees during the transition period.
If you are thinking about moving up to full-time level, make sure you take the right steps and do not fall prey to false expectations.
1. Know your goals: Be sure about your career goals- what heights you want to achieve. Define some short-term goals and find ways to realise those. You must know your preferred job type, location, salary expectation and work schedules or shifts, if any.
2. Know your finances: Also know how much money you will need to live a decent lifestyle. If you have been doing some freelance work for a while, you might be able to make a good estimate of how much you can earn based on the duration of your work. Whether you are single or a family person, you must calculate your expenses and savings and plan accordingly.
3. Do some savings: Whatever you may be getting from part-time freelancing, you need to save a little bit. Even if you are freelancing and doing a full-time job, this income will help you when you leave the first one. Chances are that you will get accustomed to a combined, larger income and live a comfortable life with both the incomes. But when you make the shift to a full-time job, the freelancing amount will be reduced from the combined income and you may have to make adjustments with your expenses. Save some amount from your freelancing income that will help you during the transition period and act as extra security in tough times.
4. Make a list of your achievements: It is better to sum up your achievements and talk about those during the interview. If you are willing to go for a full-time job in a company where you were already working part-time, you can build a positive ground characterised by credibility and impressive performances.
5. Upgrade your qualifications and skill sets: Whatever may be your area of expertise, there are always chances of improvement. If you want to stand out in the crowd, use specific skills to highlight your resume. Being involved in part-time work will give you some spare time to do some certification course or training and make you an eligible candidate for the post you are interested in.
6. Networking: To make good connections or company contacts is extremely essential when you are making the shift. Make a list of some companies you wish to work for. Now make efforts to join their talent networks. This will help you in learning about the job vacancies earlier than others who are not connected to those networks.
7. Research about taxes: Being a part-time employee, you don’t need to deal with taxes like a permanent employee. You may be unaware of the different tax rules and regulations. You can hire an accountant who will inform you about the different tax slabs, ways to prepare for taxes. He will show you how you can pay lesser tax amounts.
8. Take your assignments seriously: Think yourself as a candidate not as an employee throughout the whole process. Most of the prospective employers will give you certain tasks to be completed within a certain period of time. You need to act like a professional- don’t be late or absent. Don’t act smart with any of the existing employees. Prove yourself as a good match for the post by your performance, behaviour and politeness.
9. Agree to work for some additional hours or without pay: If giving some extra time and effort may prove your productivity to your would-be manager, why not go for it? If they ask you to work without pay for some days or a month, agree to do so. Don’t miss any chance to build a relationship of trust and commitment.
10. Using your client sources: Evaluating these sources can help you get good opportunities. If you are freelancing, you may know how many of the clients will be useful to you in the coming times. You may be getting some business from your past clients. If not, ask these clients to refer your services to some new clients.
Many times, it happens that we think about making the jump, take few steps but prefer to stay in the present. This laid-back attitude is surely not going to help. Talk to your family, allow them to be your support system so that they can pick you up if you fall somewhere along the journey. Remember, companies are not very flexible in giving full-time positions to a candidate. So take the plunge, prepare and act for making the big shift from part-time to full-time job happen.