Don't Snub a Part-Time Job If You're Underemployed

Look at the Sunday Help Wanted ads. Even though it's thinner than ever before, job postings do exist. My Sunday paper, the New York Times, used to devote an entire section to Helped Wanteds; but now with so few print ads, they're rolled into less than two pages within the Business section. Still, I counted a few hundred openings. And while that number is significantly lower than the number of postings found online, every one of those employers paid good money in the last week to run those Sunday ads. They're current, unlike many online postings, which aren't always as fresh. I found part-time opportunities for bartenders, bookkeepers, someone to move furniture, home companions, and more.

Highlight words, while ignoring titles. Use a highlighter to mark every word and phrase that appeals to you, even if the job title seems out of reach. The requirements of the position are more important than the title. A pharmaceutical sales rep would likely skip over an ad for a "part-time corporate communications professional" but once he gets past the title and realizes this is a posting for an effective communicator who understands the importance of consistent messaging and medical terminology, he sees that could easily describe him.

Tory Johnson is the Workplace Contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women For Hire. Visit her Web site at www.womenforhire.com.

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