SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Kenneth Welch is certainly not alone. He’s part of the 1 in 3 part-time workers in the U.S. struggling to find full-time employment.
“There’s a lot of competition for full time jobs. Especially a man who is approaching his senior years. You’ve got to design your resume for the job, follow up with phone calls,” Welch added.
Hiring managers recommend part time workers take advantage of those roles by exploring an entirely new field, learning new skills in their current field, or by networking to make potential connections for the future.
One way that job seekers are making connections right now, is through in-demand seasonal work for the holidays…. temporary positions that could turn into something more permanent.
“It’s a perfect try before you buy for retailers. If you go in, show up for work every day, do a great job. They’re always looking for great people. Show you’re one of those people,” said Kevin Lynn of FutureWorks in Springfield.
And until Kenneth Welch is hired full-time, he’ll be applying full-time to prove he’s one of those people.
“Something is better than nothing. I never give up. Networking is key. You’ve got to speak to people, volunteer, do whatever you can. Expose yourself to the public when you’re looking for full time employment,” Welch said.