Advice for going from casual to full-time

posted 3 weeks ago in Career
Post # 2
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2738 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

Jacqui90 :  I would definitely urge you to take baby steps. Going from working that few hours to much more is going to change your entire routine so just be ready for the change. 

Im assuming by full time you’re looking for 40+ hours a week. I was lucky enough that early on when I was engaged, I worked two part time jobs and then cut back and stuck to the one. I was probably working anywhere from 20-30 hours a week. I was not doing that for too long and then went to full time. I’ve worked full time most of my adult life. 

I would say going from PT to FT you need to realize your time and scheduling will be way off so just expect to take some time to even things out. Basic things like grocery shopping, laundry and chores are going to be that much harder to do because you’ll be that much busier. When you work full time, time is money so it might be easier to cut back on how many shopping trips you take including to grocery stores, Target/Walmart, etc. It’s a lot better to do more things like crock pot meals, meal prep or easy meals you can make fast. 

And in terms of saving money, I think you’ll find more of a compulsion to pay more for some things due to the convenience. I know there are plenty of people who pay for things like landscaping/gardeners or house cleaners to make their lives a little less stressful. 

It’s all about finding a balance and finding what works for you. Personally, I like to just get things done and out of the way so I somehow muster up energy on Friday after work and go grocery shopping. I’ll come home and make dinner. And usually on Friday I will do our laundry for the week so the rest of the weekend will be light cleaning. 

Good luck on the job hunt! 

Post # 5
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590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Just a quick point: I tutor privately outside of my regular job, and I can charge $30-$100 an hour depending on the subject. If you know numbers, do you think picking up math tutoring gigs is possible? People WILL PAY for you to tutor their kids; trust me. That way, you don’t have to go through the hassle of finding an entirely new position. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Jacqui90 :  The first thing you really need to focus on is getting your personal finances in order. You are financially struggling. Someone who works such few hours in off-season has no business living off of take-out or meal delivery services. The first step to a budget is a financial analysis. This means taking all of your credit card and debit card statements for 3-6 months and figuring out the monthly average of where all of your money is going. Then you separate the essentials (housing, utilities, insurance) from the non-essentials (take-out, subscriptions, shopping). Once you do this and understand where all your money is going you can work on crafting a budget that eliminates the bad spending habits and focuses on saving for your goals.

When you have a budget you will get a better idea of how much you think you should be making to achieve some financial goals. This will help you determine what kind of job is suitable.

My resume tips are to try and keep it to one page. I know that some people disagree and prefer their life story on their resumes but a resume is a snapshot of your experience. You can go into detail on specifics important for the job in the cover letter. ALWAYS customize the cover letter for each application, this should not be generic because you need to sell yourself. Another tip is to design your resume. There are plenty of nice templates you can access online to make your resume stand out. Employers see so many ugly word doc resumes every day. A nicely formatted resume can really help you stand out.

As for what types of jobs to apply for, this is something you will need to determine. Personally, I would take any job I could get at this point because 7hrs a week is simply not going to cut it. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Jacqui90 :  you will definitely get another job! Being tongue tied during an interview is normal! When you go through more interviews you will feel more confident. Although you love your job working 7 hours a week is just ridiculous, you’d be better off collecting unemployment. Would you be open to working at a cafe or bar a few night a week? You could make great tips.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I agree with PP that your first step is to get your financial house in order. Set a budget, allocate out the $$ you make during your peak hours so you are not running out and dipping into savings. 

As for the job hunt, you could easily get a part time job as an office clerk or assistant. I would look for that if you like your job but just need more hours. There are a few jobs out there that are pretty flexible. Plus it will help you get used to working more hours if you want to take the next step. I would also look for accounting jobs if you work in tax, I am assuming that is the degree you have. As you are applying for jobs, make sure that you are tailoring your resume to each position you apply for. Now resumes are ususally scanned by software first and are looking for key words. So look in the JD and add any key words from there to your resume for that position. Also tailor the cover letter as well to add in why you would be a great fit. Don’t be afraid to spin your personal experience to match up to some of the key words. 

A lot of people get nervous in interviews. The only way to get over that is to interview often. I take every interview that I get reguardless of whether I am intersted in the job, just to get the practice. Practice interviewing with a friend or your husband as well. That will help ease you into it and you will get some additional practice. Good luck!!  

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