Tips for Attracting and Recruiting New Part-Time Employees

By Ashley Paskill on September 20, 2022

While many recruiters focus on filling full-time positions, there are plenty of part-time positions that need to be filled as well. Part-time employment has increased over the past few years, especially with people wanting to make some extra money on top of full-time jobs. However, people also want to make sure they are being compensated fairly and are in a good work environment. Marketing your part-time jobs to potential candidates can seem challenging, but it can be successful.

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Advertise benefits

Although your part-time employees probably do not receive the same benefits as your full-time employees, you likely still have some benefits for them. These may include flexible scheduling, paid time off, or even a hefty employee discount. Make sure to emphasize any benefits you offer when you post your job listing. These things can make or break a candidate’s decision to apply for the position, especially if they already love the company.

Offer flexible scheduling

Part-time employees have other obligations, especially if they are college students. They are often looking for a part-time schedule that allows them to make extra money within their current schedule. Keep this in mind when filling the position. Many companies want the candidate to have open availability, but that is not possible in many instances with college students and candidates who also work full-time. Offering flexible hours also means that you give adequate notice if a schedule changes to allow the student to give see if they can cover or not.

Along the lines of schedules, make sure you post schedules in advance to give employees enough notice to adjust their plans or inform you if the schedule is not correct for their availability. Give a few days’ notice if you are asking an employee to cover a shift that is outside of their normal availability to see if they can cover it and make the adjustments necessary to come in.

Advertise effectively

Depending on who you are looking for, you need to know where to advertise your job listing. If you are primarily looking for college students, use local colleges’ job boards or career fairs to advertise your jobs. This is especially true if you are looking for candidates for early morning or late-night shifts. Use language that will draw these candidates in, and as mentioned above, emphasize the job benefits you offer to part-time employees.

Reward longevity

Part-time employees are more likely to leave jobs than full-time employees because they are not on the job as much. Give incentives and rewards to those who hit duration milestones. This can be done using bonuses, recognition, and gifts. In order to ensure that employees actually stay with the company, help ensure that the employee feels secure and they are valued. Do this by maintaining their number of hours and schedule so they can keep up with other things they have going on in their lives while still working with you.

Work with realtors

Realtors are in the know of new people in the area. While new residents may have come for a specific job and have one lined up before they get there, some people may need a job or want some extra money. Work with realtors to see if they would be willing to give a pamphlet or some swag in their welcome packet that includes information about your company, your part-time job openings, and even coupons to get them to visit the company. This will help them know what is available.

Be honest about full-time

While many people want to remain part-time, especially if they are working full-time elsewhere or they are a student, some may want to know that they can eventually become full-time employees with your company if and when their situation changes. Include information about this in the job posting so the candidate can decide right away if they want to apply if there is no guarantee for full-time. Even if a candidate applies, be aware that they may use your job as a stepping stone until a full-time position opens up elsewhere.

Hold a job fair

If you have a large number of part-time positions that you need to fill, have an on-site job fair. Promote it on your property as well as online, on social media, and in local newspapers and magazines. Have applications available and consider holding same-day interviews for those who apply. Reward those who do apply or even agree to sign on to a job that day. Include games and be creative with your approach. Have various managers available to help with the event.

Easy application

Applying to a part-time position should not be a difficult task. Have people available to accept phone calls in the early morning or after standard business hours, especially if your business is open later in the evenings. This is especially helpful for those potential candidates who work full-time or are college students during the usual 9-5 business hours. Even if you or the head manager are not in, make sure to have someone around who can, especially during times when hiring is high.

Hiring part-time employees can be difficult, especially if they have other jobs and obligations, but there are ways to work around this to ensure you can attract candidates to apply.

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