The #1 Advantage of Hiring a Part-Timer

Erica Luoma posted this in
Inside Rocket Media
on May 1st, 2015

What do you think when you encounter a part-time employee? Now be honest…you might be thinking “slacker.”

But what does the part timer see? Flexibility! It’s a sweet deal that I would never let go of.

So what’s the big deal and why should you care? What’s the advantage of hiring a part-timer like myself?

One word: commitment. In other words, I’m all in.

Now, that might just be my particular work ethic. Are other part timers just as committed?

While there are a bunch of studies about part-time versus full-time employees, let me tell you how I see it from my perspective as a part-time accountant.

You may see things in a different light.

How I became a slacker

Eleven years ago I left my full-time job and haven’t worked full-time since then. There are a couple reasons for that, and they are now 11 and 14 years old.

I was fortunate to be able to work part-time for my previous manager on a consulting basis. That job turned into being a regular part-time employee.

I worked during nap time and eventually during school hours. The best part was that I was remote from the office so I could work anywhere and be there for my family.

When that position eventually ended, I found a listing for this company called Rocket Media.

How I said all the wrong things in the interview

I joke about it now, but I really did say all the things you aren’t supposed to say in an interview. I told Lindsay (HR) all about my kids and why I needed to have flexibility and the ability to work from home. I laid it all out there since I needed a fit rather than a “job.”

They weren’t even looking for someone with my level of experience (I was overqualified). I was just glad that they took a chance and hired me.

Can you see now why I’m so committed to this job? Let’s talk more about that.

What did Rocket Media get when they hired this slacker?

I’m all in because I have a schedule that works for me. Despite what the “studies” say, I have a higher level of commitment because this situation is harder to find.

This kind of fit doesn’t come around often so you have to grab it and hold onto it. My co-workers are sometimes confused by my schedule although it rarely changes. It’s just different.

I don’t do the work of a full-time person; I’m not able to bend time and space. But, I do work hard so that no one actually sees me as a “slacker.”

So take a chance on the overqualified applicant looking for flexibility. You might get more than you bargained for.

Erica Luoma

Accounting Manager

Erica used to live in Northern California (until she realized how much better Arizona is). She is our Accounting Manager (which, as we understand it, means she does all the stuff with numbers.) But don’t let the job fool you, she’s serious about sports (especially volleyball) and spends most weekends shuttling her kids to sporting events and cheering them on at said events.