According to a new CareerBuilder survey, although the unemployment rate continues to drop for full-time workers, part-time workers are still struggling to land jobs.
Per the survey, 32 percent of part-time workers indicated they want to work full-time but they haven’t been able to secure new gigs. One-fourth of part-time workers currently juggle two or more jobs to piece payments together.
The survey was conducted from August until early September and included 301 part-time workers across the country by representing various industries and company sizes.
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, stated in the press release:
“Though we’re seeing an uptick in full-time, permanent hiring, many workers are still having difficulty finding positions in their field of expertise.
For some, a part-time job is just a means to a paycheck; for others, it’s a preferred work arrangement or stepping stone. Those looking to make the transition to full-time employment should approach a part-time job as an opportunity to learn a new skill set, make new professional connections or explore a new career path.
In addition, they should seek out companies they are interested in working for and join their talent networks so they will be first to hear about new job openings with those companies.”
One of the main struggles, it seems, is the lack of job availability for opportunities in general. In fact, the majority of survey respondents revealed they would work without pay for an organization to prove their own value in order to get a foot in the door.