There are lots of wonderful things about part time jobs. They often have flexible schedules, benefits such as company discounts, and can be the first step to good career if the company prefers to hire from with in.
These is however, one very painful thing about part time jobs: finding one.
Unlike full-time work, there are few convenient ways to find part time jobs. They are rarely listed in newspapers, or on Careerbuilder.com. They aren't plugged into professional social networks like Linked-In. In short, they don't advertise much. The traditional way of finding a part time job is on your feet - going door to door down main street, or through the mall, asking who is hiring, filling out applications, or being told the application is online, there is no one here you can speak with.
However, finding a part time job doesn't need to be painful, or give you blisters. Just like with full time positions, there are lots of ways to find part time jobs.
Among them, are two search engines that list primarily part time jobs:snagajob.com and groovejob.com.
Groovejob strongly targets teen and young adult job seekers, and includes internship listings for college students. Like most job search sites, it includes a few nice member benefits - in this case one click applications, and a resume builder. However, it's job listings vary greatly, with 20-30 jobs listed for one zip code, and less then 10 for another. Also, a fair portion of their job listings are work from home and internet opportunities that may turn out to be scams.
Snagajob doesn't focus on a specific kind of job seeker, but a specific kind of job. Their slogan says they are the #1 place to find hourly employment. Listings include most major retailers and restaurant chains, as well as local stores, health care, child care and even a few government position, and a random search of a different cities and zip codes found betwen 67 and 733 job listings within 5 miles. Snagajob also has some very good resources for job hunting, including an ask the experts section, job tips, and resume advice.
For the more traditional job hunt, there are other ways to let your fingers do your walking - through your telephone. There are lots of small local companies that aren't necessarily going to have jobs listed anywhere. But there is not reason not to sit down with a phone book and a pen and paper, and start making local calls. This allows you to target your search better then hitting the pavement, by focusing on specific kinds of store, restaurant or other hourly position you have experience in. Just make a quick call, ask if the store is hiring, and if so whether they use a paper or online application. If they use an online, you can hop on immediately and fill it out. If you need to pick up a paper application, write the stores address down. When you have a list of 5-10 places you need to pick up paper applications for, then hit the road, going only to those places you already know are hiring, and saving yourself time and hassle.