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How do I find part-time employees who aren’t overqualified?

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Question: My company is looking for a permanent part-time person for two days a week.  The job description is filing, scanning and backing up the receptionist.  We are not having much luck finding someone for the position. The applicants we’ve spoken to seem overqualified, and we think they will get bored easily.  Any suggestions?  We are in Orlando, Florida. - Anonymous

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Have you asked the applicants about your perception that they might get bored? Perhaps the applicants don't think so! And, you may find someone who actually contributes to the company.

Have you thought about an after school high school person or checking with experience works which is an agency that finds part time work for older adults who have retired.
Our agency has used both with success. if you are looking for a high school person contact your local high school and speak to the guidance counselor. Experience Works is a not for profit agency that assist seniors in finding part time employment.

I would suggest contacting a nearby college or high school and talk about partnering with some of their students. Students normally need the part-time hours and the experience of working in a professional office environment. Many will not find this work 'boring' but a good way to get their foot in the door. Best of luck to you.

Hire a retired person who is over qualified but only wants a couple of days per week. You will get years of experience and dedication.

I hired a retired professional who does not want to work full time. You get a mature person and years of experience.

People above have said it already, but I have to agree. Students. I would think you could easily find a college or high school student two days a week. Many students often do not want full-time jobs, and still others have two part-time jobs and yours might make a perfect second part-time job. (I speak from experience - we have been hiring students for years.)

Hiring retired older people is a good idea. I have a friend who has been looking for work for several years and that is the response she gets all the time - overqualified. Sometimes retirees need a little extra money to carry them thru but no one wants to give them an opportunity b/c of their past work history. Many of them only want to work a few days a week or a few hours a day. They are not looking for work that is strenous, complicated, or demanding. They've done that, been there and now wants something they can enjoy, intermingle with people and make a few extra dollars, give them a chance.

Students and retirees alike are excellent ideas. Ways to attract them include: posting your ad on bulletin boards of local schools, churches, country clubs. Your success rate may be higher with retirees simply because many just want to remain busy and earn a few extra dollars. Students, on the other hand, have much higher expectations. Good luck!

One suggestion that I haven't seen yet is a stay-at-home Mom. Many, many mothers of school-age kids very much want to do something outside the house that sort of keeps their hand in and gets them out of "mommy-world" for awhile. They need part-time and usually do not want the demands of the career that they left behind (they need to be able to leave work behind when they go home; something that can be difficult in a higher level professional position). They often need a bit of flexibility on the hours, but for what you describe, that may not be an issue.

Just in general, I would also throw out there that I think our employers are often really missing a valuable opportunity with regard to how many jobs could be job-shared with professional woman who are stepping back for the family, but do miss the work life. As a part-time person, there is no need to use work-time for personal business, so the person is often more focused while they are at work. I see so many jobs that could be filled that way; bringing in people who are very qualified, require less workplace training and supervision, and are more satisfied (thus more productive) because it fits the balanced lifestyle they are trying to live.

Obviously the other suggestions of students and retirees are great too.

Regardless of whether you choose a retiree, stay-at-home mom, or student (all great suggestions!), perhaps there would be a way to keep the job more interesting for whoever is hired. Once the person masters the "basics" of the current job duties, you could gradually add more responsibilities to keep things interesting.

That's what happened on my job - it's nothing like the job I was originally hired to do, since I demonstrated that I could accept more responsibility. I hate being bored, and kept asking for more to do. It's a great way to keep people interested in what they're doing (and benefits the company at the same time!). Good luck!

Contact your local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. They frequently have members who dedicate significant time volunteering in the community, but who welcome part-time employment to support their financial needs. They are honest, industrious people.

Contact a local business school or college. Offer the job as an internship. In this way, you could interview the applicant, choose the right person and the salary would be minimal to nothing. Also, a retired or older person who just wants to "get out of the house" a couple of days a week might be interested. You could contact the local Senior Center or Office on Aging who could give you some ideas on how to reach prospective applicants.

I agree with all of the above. Also, as far as "overqualified". Wouldn't you rather hire an "overqualified" person who would know how to do the filing correctly, after being instructed just once, would answer the phone in a professional competent manner, and would be able to do anything else that you wanted done, all in just 2 days per week?

Try a staffing industry company such as Kelly Services. They can provide whatever skill level you are looking for. Contact their Orlando branch office.

Students, retirees, moms, staffing agencies are all good ideas. However, I'd consider giving some of the "over-qualified" applicants a chance. If the job duties were specified in your ad and these people applied, there must be a good reason. Ask about the boredom issue in the interview. The answers may surprise you.

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