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Flexible Schedules, Part-Time Work, and Summer/Seasonal Jobs

Flexible Schedules, Part-Time Work, and Summer/Seasonal Jobs
Aside from monetary gain, a part-time job can offer additional advantages to the student, for example, an introduction to a career or area of interest that can grow over the long term...


A flexible schedule allows an employee to work hours that differ from a normal company work schedule. In the case of a part-time position, the employee is called upon to work less hours than a full-time position. Either of these arrangements can be ideal for a student, a working parent, or anyone who has demands on their time which would make it difficult or impossible to work a regularly scheduled 40-hour week.

Those seeking flexible schedule jobs typically require different options, including schedules that can change based on their need for flexibility at any given time; for example, an employee might need a flexible work schedule, not every day, but on days when children have doctor’s appointments, when classrooms have parental opportunities, or when attending classes or medical appointments themselves.

In a non-exempt workplace, often industrial, production, warehousing, or customer service, a flexible schedule is based on the amount of interdependence required for the work. A nurse who works in the afternoon shift will have trouble exercising flexibility, for example, if she can’t find another employee to cover her shift. A flexible schedule is also dependent on employee availability to cover all aspects of the job all hours of the day during which a company manufactures products or serves customers.

A flexible schedule typically involves either a compressed workweek or flexible start and stop times. In a compressed workweek, the most common flexible schedule is a four consecutive ten-hour work days, which allows the employee an additional day free for other activities. In this scenario, an employee may choose to base their work schedule around the three days that meet their required schedule, but employers will want to see that workstations are covered when they need to operate while allowing employee flexibility. A daily flexible schedule enables employees to arrive early and leave early, arrive late and stay late, or take extra time at lunch that is made up. In this scenario, employers may require that employees work core hours, for example, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


The time commitment required for a part-time job can range from just a few hours a week up to 30 hours or more. Part-time jobs are the most sought after by students seeking work to help cover their cost of living; in fact, most students work a part-time job to make ends meet.

Aside from monetary gain, a part-time job can offer additional advantages to the student, for example, an introduction to a career or area of interest that can grow over the long term. A part-time job can also provide a skill set that is in demand among graduate employers:

  • A common complaint from employers is a lack of commercial awareness among graduates. As well as time management skills, the student employee will be exposed to the commercial environment, an experience that will help them stand out among the crowd.

  • Teamwork – the student employee will likely need to work as part of a team, acquiring the skills needed to work with people of varying personality.

  • Initiative – Things will go wrong in the workplace, and how one reacts to the unexpected and keeps mental note of problems solved and disasters averted will serve one well in future jobs and interviews.


The summer job is often a rite of passage for many teens and students. It’s the signal that you’re on your way to adulthood and, hopefully, a successful career. Some summer jobs may draw on skills you already possess; others may help you test out your ultimate career goals, especially jobs you work once you have a year or two of college under your belt. It’s never too early to start considering the future.

Summer jobs may be full-time or part-time, and there are a number of industries and areas in which businesses must respond to seasonal demands by hiring additional employees. Some of these opportunities are: camp counselor, retail salesperson, food service worker, intern, housekeeper/janitor, and electronics/computer technologist. Summer jobs also provide employees transferable skills which can be of career value.


Use the university jobshop. Most students’ unions have one of these offering a whole host of ad hoc employment. Register online. There will probably be a regular newsletter or mailing to keep you informed of the latest vacancies.

Network. There’s a lot to be said for dropping into local pubs, restaurants, and shops to ask about vacancies. This can serve as an opportunity to make a good impression; it is not unheard of for an employer to make a vacancy for the right person!

Look for Christmas jobs well in advance. Naturally, the retail and hospitality sectors become much busier at Christmas, and many businesses will be looking for extra staff.

Use a well-established staffing firm. This is where a firm like Luxor Staffing can help. We have openings across a broad swath of industries, and we are especially well-equipped to assist the flexible schedule, part-time, and seasonal job seeker.

And yes, there are flexible/seasonal jobs with benefits!

Finding the perfect job requires planning, as well as exposure to the opportunities that are out there. Luxor Staffing is uniquely qualified to help you in all aspects of your job search, and we may be the fast-track to the job you’ve been looking for; many of our employees apply one day and are working the next. We are in the business of your future—contact us today and let us get started.

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