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Dear J.T. & Dale: I’m in the running for a somewhat nontraditional consulting position, but I currently have a full-time job. From their line of questioning, it appears this might be a sticking point because they fear I will lack availability. How can I explain this away or show I can handle the additional responsibilities? I need to continue working full-time, but I also have always had a part-time job of up to 20 hours a week. I can’t afford a second job road block. – Julian
DALE: Unless I’m missing something, you WILL lack availability. This will be your second job, and being part time, it will remain stuck in second place, meaning that the consulting group will have to schedule meetings around your availability. There are only two ways to handle this: One, get them to be open with you about their actual concerns, then persuade them that those concerns are unfounded; or, two, offer them such powerful motivations for hiring you they decide you are worth the bother.
J.T.: What would work best is offering concrete examples of how you’ve managed in the past, giving them specific examples of how you’ve exceeded expectations while holding two jobs. If you can provide them with a list of skills and accomplishments, perhaps the availability of your abilities will trump the availability of your time.
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