Complete Guide to Networking for Part-Time Jobs

Whole Foods Market - Huntersville, NC 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Franklin, TN 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Wilmington, NC 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Newark, DE 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$15 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Alpharetta, GA 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Helen, GA 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Hendersonville, NC 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

Estimated: $33,000 - $44,000 a year

Whole Foods Market - Knoxville, TN 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Lakewood, CO 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. Rate of pay is based on the SCA rate of $17.23/hr. Ability to Make an Impact:

$17 an hour

Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Sterling, VA 3.6

Shift Assistants are responsible for daily management of department duties including: High School Diploma or equivalent. Ability to work overtime as required.

Estimated: $29,000 - $41,000 a year

Indrasoft - Vacaville, CA 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$17 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Asheville, NC 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Jackson, MS 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Boise, ID 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

Estimated: $32,000 - $45,000 a year

Whole Foods Market - Montgomery, AL 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Brattleboro, VT 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$17 an hour

Indrasoft - Craig, CO 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Casper, WY 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$15 an hour

Indrasoft - Russellville, AR 3.6

This is a seasonal part-time position, please note the work schedules will vary. If you are, IndraSoft is searching for reliable, energetic, organized…

$13 an hour

Whole Foods Market - Huntsville, AL 3.8

This role is part-time, up to 19 hours per week (available shifts and number of hours will vary). We’ll pay you $15/hr to shop. Must be at least 18 years old.

$15 an hour

Complete Guide to Networking for Part-Time Jobs

Our simple yet comprehensive guide to networking for part-time jobs will take all the guesswork out of networking and help you make valuable contacts.

How to Network

Networking can often lead to new work opportunities, especially if someone is looking for a part-time assistant. Here are some ways to find work through the people you know.

Reach out to your first-degree network

The first essential step in networking is to talk to your first-degree network, essentially the people you know personally. They are a good place to start because they have a real desire to help you succeed. You might be surprised to discover just how many useful connections they might have.

Classmates are a useful networking tool because they are in a similar position, too. Since so many students take part-time jobs, there is a huge pool of classmates working in retail and hospitality jobs where they can easily recommend you to their manager. The downside is that you may be in direct competition with classmates trying to work in the same field you are.

Networking with colleagues provides a lot of benefits. You can discuss your interest in promotions or additional hours with the supervisors at your part-time job, and they can provide valuable mentorship. You can also find out about open positions at nearby businesses. However, it could be unprofessional to discuss wanting to move to another job with your current supervisor.

You can reach out to your friends and let them know you are interested in part-time jobs. The advantage of talking to your friends is that they usually know about useful skills you have, like customer service, cooking abilities, familiarity with software or mathematical knowledge. However, going from a friendly relationship to a professional relationship may be challenging because it is sometimes hard to keep boundaries in place.

The big advantage of networking with family is that they usually love you and really want to help you out. They can suggest you for part-time jobs in their field. However, your family members might not be able to hire you directly; they might worry about nepotism charges if they hire a family member for a part-time job.

Find online opportunities

Thanks to the internet, it is possible to network without ever leaving your home. Here's a quick guide to networking for part-time jobs online. In general, a few good sites include:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Facebook
  3. Twitter

Whatever site you pick, the first thing you need to do is look for opportunities by searching for people in your field. Then, you need to reach out to them with an initial message. Mention that you are looking for part-time jobs in the field and explain that you admire the person for his or her achievements. Building a real connection will take time, but you can advance your relationship by emphasizing goals and interests you have that are similar to the person you are networking with.

Look for local opportunities

Check with your local chamber of commerce to see what resources they offer to part-timers. They are more likely to have good options during the summer or the winter holidays since this is the time when most businesses need part-timers.

If your part-time work is in a specific field, such as accounting, teaching or human resources, there may be a local organization for members of that industry. This is a great way to meet both full- and part-time employees in your career.

Conferences

Try finding conferences for the general industries you like, and then mention that you are looking for part-time work once you get there. To get the most out of conferences, you need to take the time to actually mingle and talk to people in between program items instead of just sitting quietly and listening to speeches.

Networking tips

Generally, business-casual wear with slacks, trousers and button-downs is appropriate when networking for part-time jobs. When interacting with others, emphasize your education and skills. At the same time, avoid crude language or inappropriate topics like politics, religion and romance.

Make sure you have a way to connect. A simple business card with your contact information can help the person remember how to get in touch with you. If you are networking with the goal of getting a part-time job, it may be appropriate to have a resume with you.

Common Mistakes

The number one mistake is not following up to ask for advice or job contacts after you meet. The ideal time to follow up is typically a day or two after meeting them as long as this is not a weekend.

People can tell when you are being fake because you just want help with a part-time job. Avoid being friendly too fast. Try to keep it professional and slowly build a real connection.