Can’t find a full-time job? Here are the pros and cons of working several part-time jobs instead.

Have you been looking for a full-time job but only been able to find part-time positions? Earning money through part-time work is better than not earning money at all, but it’s not always optimal.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about trying to get two or more part-time jobs to earn the same amount of money you’d earn with one full-time gig. But beware: this can be more difficult than you might think.

Here are some pros and cons you need to think about when it comes to part-time work:

Pro: Part-time job hours can be flexible

It may be that you’re only able to work during morning hours or on weekends. In this type of situation, you may be able to find one part-time job to fill your morning hours and another part-time job on Saturdays or Sundays. Most full-time positions don’t offer this type of flexibility, so working one or more part-time jobs may provide you with the work-life balance you need and want.

Con: Extra commuting

One aspect of a 40-hour-a-week job is you normally go to your job at a specific time of day, stay there for eight hours and then go home at the end of your shift. With two or more part-time jobs, it’s likely you’ll spend a considerable amount of time commuting from one to the other (unless you work from home). The time it takes to get to and from numerous part-time jobs can significantly extend your work day.

Pro: If something happens to one job, you still have the other

You may have greater job security if you have two or more part-time jobs instead of one that’s full-time. If you work several part-time positions and you lose one of them, you will still retain a portion of your income while you look for a replacement for the other.

Con: Switching gears

Besides the extra time it takes to get from one part-time job to another each day, working more than one part-time job in different industries can be hard on your body and brain. It can also be difficult to concentrate on one job while thinking about the other.

Pro: Gaining broad professional experience

Don’t be discouraged if you’re working one or more part-time jobs to make ends meet while searching for a full-time position. You can absolutely succeed professionally by working this way. One benefit of working several part-time jobs is that they will expand your professional skill set. Additionally, you may be able to use multiple part-time jobs as leverage against each other if any of the employers eventually offers you a full-time position.

Melanie Fischer is a writer for, a website that contains more than 1,000 career descriptions and profiles, career-related articles and a job board that lists thousands of current positions open across the United States.


  1. Alison Elissa Coaching

    Working part time jobs can also be of assistance when you’re starting your own business.

    For example, I run my own business as a career coach, but I also spend two hours in the morning getting one set of kids ready for school and two hours at night picking another set of kids up from day care. These jobs provide some buffer in case I’m having a slow month while leaving me free to do my work during the day. And I work for families that live about a mile from me, so the added commutes are a non-issue.

    A few years ago I wouldn’t have even had the idea that a schedule like this could exist. Today I’m loving it!

  2. Spark Hire

    These are good things to think about when you consider loading up on part-time jobs to make up for lacking a full-time salary. Another thing to think about is how much having several part-time jobs will eat into your job hunting time. While you should be effectively using your time while searching for a full-time position, it can sometimes be time-consuming to go through the job application process. This is one reason why you should only concentrate on sending your resume, whether it’s a traditional paper resume or video resume, to only the best fitting jobs for you. Still, make sure you don’t overload on part-time jobs so you can snag that full-time job you’ve been dreaming about.

  3. Marquis Crumpton

    Not the way several employers look at it. If you have several part time jobs because you can’t get full time, they will look at your resume as if you don’t wan to work and that’s the trick they will use in the interviews. They treat you as if it is your fault.

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