Q: I’m a librarian working part time for the Los Angeles Public Library system. However, I’m looking for an additional job since I love being a librarian and I have the time. Is there any chance now, that the economy is so bad and librarians are losing their jobs, to find a part time job in the field?
TA: You would need to look at the job advertisements in your area because I’m sure it varies by geographic region, but it may be especially true in this economy that part time positions are available. Full time positions can be a lot more expensive for the hiring organization because of the salary dollars and the costs of benefits. It may be that many organizations can only recruit for part time positions because they have work that needs to be done with limited salary dollars. My advice to you would be that you indicate in your application materials that you are seeking this part time position as supplemental experience, not in lieu of your current employment, because some employers would question why you were choosing to leave a current position for something part time.