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Does it seem as if a lot of people around you work two jobs? Have you ever been tempted to start a side hustle to make extra money or build up certain skills?

Like anything in life, there are pros and cons to working two jobs.

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The holidays are right around the corner. And you know what that means: gifts, gifts, and more gifts. And gifts cost money. So, why not make something extra to help out those holiday expenses? This is the perfect time of year to find a part-time job. Almost every store in your local mall should be hiring for seasonal help. Here are three benefits of working part-time during the holidays:

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Many job seekers look for full-time employment after spending a year or more at temporary or part-time jobs, sometimes working for several different agencies or volunteering their services. On their resume, they worry these experiences make them seem like job hoppers or undesirable full-time employees. In fact, part-time, temporary or volunteer work, especially work in your field or that keeps your skills fresh, shows your dedication and flexibility. It may broaden your appeal to companies in industries you never considered before if you include them the right way on your resume. In your resume, group these jobs under one title to create a unified history. Perhaps you’ve worked at several part-time jobs in restaurants as a waiter; you could group that experience under Part-Time Work in Restaurant Industry. If you worked for a temporary or contract agency, list the companies you worked for under your group title (Contract Engineer)—not the agencies. The experience you are highlighting is the valuable experience of working for multiple industries. You might be able to group your temporary, contract or part-time jobs as Freelance or Consulting Positions. You are contributing your job skills in exactly that way: you go from one company to the next, complete each job efficiently and then move on again. As for volunteer positions, companies are very aware of the leadership skills, teamwork and commitment that volunteer work requires. Create a section of your resume for Community Service and give yourself credit. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Dear J.T. & Dale: I am a single, 53-year-old female who has worked for the same grocery chain for more than 20 years. My title is Supervisor. I work 18 hours a week. I have applied online to several places, but no luck. I've let friends, customers, and so on know that I'm looking for something part-time, since I'm available four days a week. I understand that a lot of places are looking for high-school-age applicants (or at least under 30). I feel like once they see my date of birth, that's it. How can I compete for part-time jobs? - Talia DALE:You are being tempted to settle for the easiest "why," which is concluding that your age is holding you back. Yes, age discrimination happens, but I wouldn't settle on it as your problem until you've eliminated all other possibilities. In this case, the big possibility is that you are applying for jobs that don't exist. You're telling prospective employers that you are a veteran supervisor and that you're available four days a week. I suppose there are some stores with part-time supervisors, but it's up to you to find them. Hiring managers are looking for people to help them solve their problems, and right away they see scheduling you as being a fat new problem. If you were to alter your resume to make it appear that you were in your 20s, I'll bet you get the same Big Silence from the job market. J.T.: I understand your point, but ageism still may be playing a role. The surest way to overcome stereotyping is via recommendations. You need customers or former co-workers to vouch for your skills and abilities. Age isn't an issue when you are known for your work ethic and record of success. Next, Dale's right that you're going to need to do research to find stores that are in a position to hire you. Once you have target employers, you can work to get recommended to them. One final thought: If you find an organization that you're truly passionate about joining, don't be shy about expressing your feelings. Really articulating why you will be the most engaged and hard-working employee is infectious and attractive for any job, at any age. © 2012 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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When we are unemployed, we have a lot of time to look for work. But, that doesn’t mean you should spend 40+ hours/week on job boards, at networking events, and so on. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) In fact, I tell job seekers all of the time to limit job search to two-hour blocks at a time. You just can’t look for work 8 hours per day. You need to take a break and come back to it. A good job search is about working smarter, not harder. With my approach, you’ll have some extra time you can invest in launching a hobby career.

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