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How Can I Move from Part-Time to Full-Time?

Dear J.T. & Dale: I've been looking for a new job for a long time. I now work part-time for an employer at an off-site location. None of their current employees at the central office know me. They have three full-time positions open, for which I am qualified. I have applied for one, but I am apprehensive about applying to the other two, as the same person would receive all three inquiries, and I don't want to seem like I will take any job that comes along. - Erin DALE: There is a vast difference between "I'll take any job" and "I work for the company part-time, and it's my goal to step up to full time." The former makes you look weak and desperate, while the latter makes you look focused and purposeful. J.T.: The challenge is putting yourself in a position to talk to the hiring manager at the main office. You can do this by leveraging the relationships you already have with your co-workers and managers at the remote location. Let them know of your interest in the full-time jobs and ask for their advice on how to build rapport with the headquarters staff and how best to apply. If all goes well, they'll put in a good word for you. DALE: If you don't get help, contact the folks at the main office yourself. It would be a huge benefit to them to hire someone who's already a part of the company - they don't have to educate you about the company's products/services, or about the paperwork or computer system. Hiring you is fast, easy and safe. That means you can call and ask the hiring manager to meet with you and give you advice on which job would be best for you. Feel free to send questions to J.T. and Dale via e-mail at advice@jtanddale.com or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019. © 2012 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Part-time to full-time image from Shutterstock