I went for another agency role a couple of months ago which was through a recruiter, so I discussed the part-time thing with the recruiter first and they discussed it with the employer before putting me forward. I still got an interview but didn't get the job.
I think if I interview at another place for something that's advertised as full time, I wouldn't bring up part time unless I really had to in the first interview. I'd wait until they offered a second interview and then say something like "I'm really excited to explore this role further as it sounds great. I want to let you know I am available to work 4 days per week and believe I can be very effective in this role at the reduced hours"... Or something along those lines depending on the situation. I think most employers have made a decision on who they want after first interview and second interview is more of a formality, so if they are keen they may be willing to consider part time. If they say no, it's not the right role.
I work in digital marketing and am client-facing. The challenge I have had is that lots of agencies have the mentality that client-facing roles have to be full time, which is rubbish really. It's all about managing expectations and having the right processes in place. I have always been happy to take calls and check emails on my days off for anything really urgent, but generally it's completely workable. Unfortunately my industry has a bad track record of working people into the ground and expecting way too much commitment. Most people burn out, change career paths, or go client-side at some point in order to get their lives back!
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19-04-2016 14:14 #173
In the interview they told me that pretty much everyone in the office has kids so they all get it. It really does sound like a great job, fingers crossed! I have a phone interview with one of the other senior managers on Friday, hopefully that goes well!
19-04-2016 14:23 #174
harvs Yes, I'm in a similar situation, I wanted to do things differently.
Except..... I remember my parents not bothering with anything, homework, grades, parent teacher meetings, nothin. I took a kind of pride in it at the time but it still irked me how they really didn't (seem to) care, maybe it's because I was doing ok and not getting into trouble (I was also the youngest of three....probably had something to do with it) . I've promised myself I will take more interest in my sons, even though I do work full time. Even if I can't attend special events there will be other ways I can engage. Hopefully?
19-04-2016 21:19 #175
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20-04-2016 06:43 #177
Surely you can take time off work for family things with reasonable notice.. Right?
I'll be taking time off to attend whatever my kids need, I'll go out of my way to be involved. That doesn't change the fact that I want to have a career. Being a working mum and being an involved parent are not mutually exclusive concepts, and I'm surprised that so many people here are implying that they are.
Also, I understand not wanting to make sacrifices for a job that you're not passionate about, but if it's just a job that you do to bring in some $ but have no particular emotional connection with, then I can't see that as giving up a career. You can always find some sort of work to supplement the family income.
20-04-2016 06:45 #178
Law firms I find, for obvious reasons, are very good at skirting the edge of the law with respect to discrimination. My situation was clearly discrimination BUT i could not have pointed to single verifiable comment or action in order to do anything about it. Whilst I had colleagues agree with me - because they could see what was happening - not a one would put their name to paper for fear of jeopardising their own career!
20-04-2016 06:50 #179
Is your career really ruined when you have a baby?
Another reason could be a lack of leave. When kids have 8-12 weeks school holidays a year and you have 4 weeks annual leave (and no partner to share) it gets tricky to justify taking leave to attend a school play.
20-04-2016 06:53 #180
Have you thought about starting your own law firm? What about a completely different business model?
A client of mine has a law firm that provides virtual legal counsel for businesses, so rather than employing a full time lawyer in your firm, you have these contractors on a retainer. They also provide one-off services for a set fee rather than charge by the hour. Businesses love this idea, similar to having a virtual CFO.
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