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    Just a moan really unless anyone can help!
    I work full time at the moment and really need to reduce my hours but I have applied for so many jobs in the last 2 month with no luck.
    I need something that will fit around the kids and close by to home (Sheffield) and will try my hand at anything.
    Im great with people, always worked in sales or customer service. I would love a crafty sort of job so if anyone has any suggestions or jobs I may be able to fill, pleeeaaaase let me know.

    Caroline
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    How about nursery work, should fit in with school and you should have many opportunities to be creative too.
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    • #3
      Hi caroline

      I can't help with jobs up your way, but I did work in recruitment and now in human resources...I could always look at your cv, try help make sure all your strengths are coming out??

      pm if you like. I've always jazzed up my families and friends cv's, and also did a bit of pretty much everything when I was at uni .

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      • #4
        hmm maybe also check out nhs jobs site, I'm biased, but I know there are cuts, but they seem to always be looking for admin peeps and have great flex/family working policies.

        try maybe phone orgs directly as the jobs come up, go meet them, talk to them about what the post actually involves. shows a bit more dedication and when your app lands on a desk, someone will put 2 and 2 together.

        I always used www.totaljobs.co.uk or the web sites of agencies too
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        • #5
          if you're good with people, how about a move towards marketing - if there's a common thread (sorry about the pun) on this forum, it's the time we have to spend marketing our wares/websites/selves! I would gladly pay someone to keep my network profiles up-to-date, keep my website high in the searches, find out possible selling locations etc. The problem is that most of us here are doing this 5-9 (we already have 9-5 jobs) and so couldn't afford to pay a lot....but if enough of us did it........

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          • #6
            The problem is at the moment that everyone and his dog are looking for a job and many go for p/t jobs just to get money coming in - some have 2 or 3 p/t instead of full time.

            Would be worth seeing if you can jazz up your cv to make it stand out. In college they suggested we make it colour paper/ put photos on - anything to make it look memorable but it does depend on what job you're going for of course!!!
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            • #7
              Would you be willing to train? If so, what about being an adult ed tutor? There are always opportunities to pick up part-time teaching hours. Most classes would be evening, but I'm guessing from your username you have photography skills you could potentially teach. Maybe other creative courses too?

              If you're interested, have a chat to your local college about teacher training. It's part time.

              It makes a great part time job to fit in with a creative career, and it's well-paid too.
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              • #8
                Thank you for the suggestions, I will continue searching but maybe in new areas now. Thanks
                Caroline and Rees
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                • #9
                  ok, well here goes, i may be having a senial moment or be completly daft or barking, but no one has suggested it, whats photography if not a job?????? why not do that full time? i know there is no guarentee but you can easily make a living out of it, ive cut my workload back and still have 1000s ideas that could work. i wondered why photography is not a job?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PreciousCreations View Post
                    Would be worth seeing if you can jazz up your cv to make it stand out. In college they suggested we make it colour paper/ put photos on - anything to make it look memorable but it does depend on what job you're going for of course!!!
                    Yep if it's a really creative job or company something like that with your CV could be an advantage but otherwise it's best to stick with the old boring white/cream paper and standard format.

                    The key to getting shortlisted for interviews is to make sure your CV or application form has evidence/examples of how you meet the essential criteria on the person spec...if you make sure you've got all these covered you should be guaranteed an interview.

                    Something I used to get my clients to do if they were struggling with 'selling' themselves or identifying their skills was to write a list of what jobs, hobbies and responsibilities they'd had recently and then draw a spider diagram with what these demonstrate (ie. running your own business demonstrates good organisational skills, determination and time management).

                    I guess in this current climate it's probably not so much about what your ideal job would be but rather how to find a job that fits in around you life in such a tough market. Similar to what Seahorse suggested have you thought about a teaching assistant in school as there are usually vacancies and it fits in with your kids. If you did manage to get your foot in the door there's the possibility you could make noises about your creativity and eventually end up in the art department. Most local councils will have school vacancies on their websites and many don't make it as far as the job centre boards.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sparklyshoes View Post
                      hmm maybe also check out nhs jobs site, I'm biased, but I know there are cuts, but they seem to always be looking for admin peeps and have great flex/family working policies.

                      try maybe phone orgs directly as the jobs come up, go meet them, talk to them about what the post actually involves. shows a bit more dedication and when your app lands on a desk, someone will put 2 and 2 together.

                      I always used www.totaljobs.co.uk or the web sites of agencies too
                      I work for the NHS in Leeds as an analyst and we always seem to be taking new people on, they are very good with flexible working hours and it's possible to work on reduced hours basis etc. Good luck!!
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                      • #12
                        You have to have a teaching qualification to teach in adult ed now days! The college might send you on a City & Guilds teaching adults.

                        Originally posted by wendy View Post
                        Would you be willing to train? If so, what about being an adult ed tutor? There are always opportunities to pick up part-time teaching hours. Most classes would be evening, but I'm guessing from your username you have photography skills you could potentially teach. Maybe other creative courses too?

                        If you're interested, have a chat to your local college about teacher training. It's part time.

                        It makes a great part time job to fit in with a creative career, and it's well-paid too.
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