A friend of mine wanted a part time job during the day while her kids were in school. But when her husband had surgery, and it became apparent he would be out of work for a while, she realized she needed full time work.
She went to her boss to talk it over. Because she had proved herself a good worker, she was able to convince her boss to give her more hours and a schedule that would be managable. It's amazing how workplaces are willing to accommodate someone who proves themself a good worker.
Still, it's not always as easy as asking. I saw this great article: 7 steps for turning part-time work into full-time jobs. I just had to share it with you. It was written by John Alston is a career advisor and coach at The Innis Company. Here's a quick summary of the steps.
1. Specialize: When applying for part-time or contract work, concentrate on fields where your skills and experience will distinguish you as valuable.
2. Differentiate: Whatever your field of expertise, find how you can impact either the top line or the bottom line.
3. Inquire: Ask up front if you can apply for full-time openings that arise during your part-time employment. If you are signing a contract for part-time work, request that it include the potential to be hired full-time. (This is key to getting hired full time!)
4. Commit: Act as if you already are a full-time employee and people might begin to see you as an important part of the team.
5. Out-perform: Aim to out-perform full-time employees who are doing the same or similar jobs as you.
6. Fit in: Be positive and upbeat. Don't go around the workplace thinking of yourself as “only a contractor.”
7. Reach out: Meet as many key people in the organization as you can. Build an internal network that can help you solve problems and that gets you visibility with decision makers.