Using Part Time Jobs to Your Employment Advantage

It’s always a possibility that we may one day find ourselves on the wrong end of a layoff slip. When that happens, and we’re being walked out the front gate for the last time, we tend to go back to the same old tired job-hunting strategies we always employ. This is the case almost every single time we need to find a new job.

Going out and getting a job similar to the one you had and which pays just as much can be a real challenge, these days. But this might not be the way to go, to be honest. Actually, it’s possible to get the same income by combing two or even three jobs together, at least in the short run.

In our new global economy, part time jobs will be a hard fact of life. The typical part time worker spends less than eight hours on the job, for the most part, and tends to do so because that was what was best for his or her circumstances. And they never had a problem with part time wages, too. Nowadays, it may actually be beneficial to us to look at the possibilities present in the kinds of jobs which are part time.

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Defining Your Employability

If it’s not too late, I have a New Year’s resolution suggestion to make to all professionals, whether unemployed, underemployed, or gainfully employed. The suggestion is to simply define yourself. Do so succinctly and economically. Define your value. What do you offer? How do both your work and personal communities benefit from you? Being able to professionally and exclusively define yourself is an advantage. To become known and recognized as a quality and reliable asset is a core utility of career development. The career gain that can be realized spreads across all employment scenarios. In fact, venturing forth without a definition leaves you at a disadvantage during a time when competition for great jobs is increasing.

Large corporate institutions, as we have traditionally known them, are undergoing a transformation. It probably began way back with the growth of middle management, but is now characterized as an increasing reliance on more horizontal teams that are able to cross-pollinate ideas and result in synergistic production. Many executives are becoming more coach-like in their function. Employees are desired for their ability to get along with others, having a strong work ethic, and creative problem solving. Hopefully, your self-definition incorporates all of these virtues.

We know that small business is a major force in driving the economy. When small businesses start hiring we can expect an easing of the high unemployment rate. What drives small business? People with ambition and smarts do. In the same way that an entrepreneur figures out and communicates their value proposition, each of us should be able to do the same. Being able to provide solutions, improvements, and advantages to the marketplace is the grist for small business employees’ definitions. You wouldn’t want your business to be a white bread commodity, so why tolerate it for yourself.

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Marketing Your Employment Skills In The Internet Age

In today’s day and age, using the power of the internet to market yourself is an absolute must. Many candidates fail to recognize the tremendous power that is possible to be gained from using online marketing techniques in order to place their résumés and gain potential visibility from would-be searchers. The starting point to this is making sure that you’ve got your résumé placed on all of the major job boards, including Monster,, Yahoo Hot Jobs, Career Builder etc. Recruiters subscribe to these databases and do boolean and keyword searches in order to find the best candidates that meet their search criteria. If you are interested in getting a job and a great job and finding the best possible opportunities out there, you’ve got to be listed on all of the databases where the good recruiting people search. If you don’t, you’re going to miss the opportunities that you’re looking for.

Here’s another idea: consider building your own personal website – one that focuses on you! It’s very easy to build an online resume these days, using standard web tools and hosting (iWeb and .MAC are a great combo if you are a MAC user, but many other tools exist). You can have pages dedicated to your career history, testimonials and letters of recommendations from previous employers, a graph that showcases your sales achievement history, links to former companies, websites that you built, etc. What an impressive way to highlight your skills, and set you apart from the rest of the crowd!

How about subscribing to a social networking program, such as LinkedIn? It’s a great way to build your online career profile and create ongoing connections with former colleagues and people in your network. It’s also a great way to seek introductions to people who can help you find your next great job.

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Get Your Employment Contract in Black and White

Employment law stipulates that both verbal and written employment contracts are binding. Non-written contracts will automatically take effect when work commences by the employee. For employers who wish to ensure that they protect their business as well as acting in a responsible manner towards their employees they should always opt for a written employment agreement.

A contract of employment is an agreement that is set out between the employer and the employee. Employers can detail the terms and conditions of that employment looking at the rights, duties and responsibilities of the employee. Even though an employment contract does not need to be in writing an employer must supply a written statement detailing what has been agreed if the employee requests it within the first two months of commencing work.

An employment law specialist will always advise to keep all employment contracts documented. It pays to have terms and conditions detailed in black and white to protect the company from possible disputes in the future.

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Repetitive Strain Injury And Your Employment

Repetitive Strain Injury is also known as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), which is just one of many different names associated with Repetitive Strain Injury. The effect of Repetitive Strain Injury comes as the result of overusing a tool such as a computer, guitar or knife; basically any activity that requires repeated movements. Repetitive Strain Injury affects your muscles, tendons and nerves in your hands, arms and upper back.

Repetitive Strain Injury is a medically accepted condition, which occurs when muscles in your hands, arms and upper back are kept tense for long periods of time due to poor posture and repetitive motions. Some people also believe that stress is a main cause of Repetitive Strain Injury rather than it just being a contributing factor this is because of aspects such as job demands, poor support from colleagues and work dissatisfaction may cause an employee to work harder without realising the potential damage that they could be causing through Repetitive Strain Injury.

The effects of Repetitive Strain Injury may take months, even years to develop and in many cases starts with a slight ache that gradually gets worse. Once the problem of Repetitive Strain Injury has started the problem can get that bad that severe pain may be felt most of the time, even with only the slightest movement.

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Handling Disputes With Your Employer

It is probably fair to say that for most people, working life will not involve any disputes – there may be annoyances, but these are most likely to be resolved swiftly and without any disciplinary action. However, for some people, there will be disputes. They can occur over a number of things, such as salary, too many hours, or tasks being assigned that are not part of a job description. When these disputes occur it can be difficult to know how to proceed, but thankfully there are protocols in place to help make it easier.

Remember that steps for disputes depend on your employment status – contract or temporary workers do not have the same rights as permanent workers, so you would firstly need to work out if you really are in a dispute or not. If you are, the first step is of course to try to reach an agreement with your boss.

Usually a boss would be keen to resolve a problem, because they can affect work and slow productivity, which in turn can put the manager’s job on the line. Sometimes disputes are purely misunderstandings, or something has not been clarified properly – for instance, it could be that you have been given extra work outside of your job description because you are being eyed up for promotion, or that someone else is ill. If talking to your boss does not solve the problem though, then approaching your line manager or Human Resources would represent the next step.

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