Unemployment Rescue: Five Part-Time Jobs You Can Get Now

Unemployment rescue: Tory Johnson surveys the fields where you can find jobs.

February 9, 2009, 2:59 PM

Feb. 10, 2009 — -- Looking for part-time work while you search for a fulltime job? Need to supplement your shrinking paycheck? Even though there are fewer openings than just a year ago, part-time positions exist across the country. Here's a sampling:

Each week during the school year, Kelly Educational Staffing provides substitute teachers for nearly 30,000 classrooms across the country. The company says it's constantly looking to hire and place qualified individuals. Each state has its own requirements, which vary from a high school diploma to college degree and specific certification. Pay: Daily rate is $70 to $100 and up.

College test prep course enrollments are up and both Kaplan Test Prep and Princeton Review say they'll hire a combined 5,000 part-time instructors this year. Applicants must score well on the test they'd be teaching—and must demonstrate the ability to engage students. Both employers require applicants to go through an audition where they have just a few minutes to capture an audience's attention on a non-academic topic like how to make a milkshake or how to survive a vampire attack. Compensation varies depending on experience and qualifications, the course being taught, the location, and it starts at about $20 an hour.

Aramark operates 10 staffing centers (Albany, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, VA, and Washington DC.) to recruit seasonal hourly employees to support its sports and entertainment business.

The company is gearing up right now to hire 500 workers for the world's largest indoor rodeo, which kicks off next month in Houston. Workers handle food services, concession operations and housekeeping—helping to transform a nightly sawdust pit to a high-end entertainment complex for this annual extravaganza.

Aramark will also hire about 1,000 workers to staff stadiums for Major League baseball in several cities. Pay: $7.50 and $18 an hour, depending on location, skills and experience.

We know the only industry that's consistently adding jobs is healthcare, so it makes sense that jobs are open at Healthcare Parking Systems, which is the only company in the US devoted specifically to running the valet parking service at hospitals and medical facilities. They do this in 200 cities across the country, many of which are staffed 24/7, and they estimate the need for nearly 1,000 new parking attendants right now. In addition to a clean driving record and other key requirements, they say parking is 20 percent of the job, but the rest is guest services. Pay: Minimum wage to $15 an hour, plus tips, depending on location and experience.

Senior Helpers is just one company on a nationwide hunt for 450 part-time companion caregivers to serve its 195 franchises. Caregivers provide in-home companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation and general assistance to elderly clients. Caregiving training is provided and all companions must have a valid driver's license, current car insurance and a clean driving record. Also check Home Instead and Sunrise Senior Living. Pay: $10 an hour and up based on location and experience.

If you prefer pets over people, Fetch Pet Care says it will hire 1,500 part-time professional pet sitters in 37 states in the next six weeks to provide services including private dog walks, doggie day care, boarding, yard cleanup, pet taxi and dog fitness.

Sitters, who must be over 21, determine the number of hours worked because they have the flexibility to accept only the assignments they are available for and comfortable taking. Some sitters work only a few hours a week; others more than 160 hours a month. Also check Sitter City and Care.

Pay: Fetch pays its sitters half the amount billed to the client. For example, a private walk averages $20, doggie day care is $30 to $50 a day, a pet bath is $10 to $20—and as the service provider, you take half.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. Connect with her online at www.womenforhire.com.

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