Looking for part-time work? You are in luck. There are more part-time opportunities than ever. Part-time employees generally don’t receive the full benefit package available to full-time staff, and may receive a lower hourly rate, so these workers could be cheaper for employers’ bottom line. As a result, many companies are cutting back on full-time staff and boosting their part-time workforce.
Part-time jobs can be a good choice for students, retirees, moms with young kids or people who recently lost their full-time job or had their hours cut (you can usually earn a certain amount per week without a reduction in unemployment compensation benefits, although this varies by state).
To attract the best candidates, many companies now offer at least some benefits for part-time employees. These can range from health insurance and paid time off to employee discounts or free merchandise.
Here are some companies with a lot of part-time openings available right now:
Lowe’s (Stock Quote: LOW)
Position: Lowe’s currently has approximately 7,900 positions open companywide. Positions range from seasonal employee in Lowe's stores, to team members in a regional distribution center, to miscellaneous positions in the corporate office.
Desired Hours Per Week: Flexible and varies by position and location. Some weekends and nights are usually required.
Pay: Starts at around $10/hour for store cashiers. Positions requiring special expertise pay a higher hourly rate.
Benefits: Permanent part-time workers are offered health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, retirement benefits and a 10% discount at Lowe’s stores.
Location(s): The company has 1,650 stores nationwide. The corporate office is located in North Carolina.
Requirements: High School or GED for store positions. Previous experience and expertise in sales or customer service is helpful, as is knowledge about building or home improvement products. You must pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug test. Some positions require specialized knowledge/experience in a specific area (plumbing, electrical, etc.).
The Inside Scoop: If you’re a do-it-yourself type (or wish you were), this could be the perfect job for you. Customers often seek advice or guidance for their home improvement projects, so you need to learn as much as possible about your department’s products and their uses. For some positions, heavy lifting might be required.
Apply Here: www.lowes.com/careers