Looking for part-time work? You're in luck. There are plenty of part-time opportunities out there, especially now, as employers turn to the much cheaper resource of part-time employees, who generally don’t receive a full benefits package and receive a lower hourly rate.
These jobs can be a good choice for students, retirees, parents with young kids or people who recently lost their full-time job or had their hours cut, as well as anyone looking for a second job. (If you lost your job, 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 three companies with lots of part-time openings available right now:
1. Six Flags (Stock Quote: SIXF)
Type of work available: Six Flags, which operates 20 parks in the U.S., is hiring in food service, games, merchandise, rides, park service and entertainment, which includes dressing up as a character.
Hours per week: Employees are usually expected to work at least 30 hours per week. The shifts available are typically night shifts that begin at 2 or 3 p.m. and last until park closing, usually some time between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Most departments request that employees be flexible regarding shifts. Also remember that most employees will have to work weekends.
Starting pay: $7.75 per hour after completing the training.
Benefits: Employees get free admission on their days off, and earn a "buddy pass" after working 150 hours. The pass permits each employee to bring a friend in the park for free with their admission. Employees also earn free tickets and discounts on tickets and merchandise. There are also special events for employees, and each department offers special events and incentives.
Requirements: Training is provided for most positions, including those in food service, rides, games, merchandise, entertainment and park services.
The inside scoop: “The ideal candidate is a friendly, outgoing individual ready to entertain our guests,” says company rep Stephanie Helander. “After successfully completing an online application, candidates are called for interviews based on positions available. Interviews are conducted at the park and are individual interviews."
Apply: SixFlagsJobs.com. Character candidates must set up an audition by calling 847-249-2133, ext. 4606.