9 Companies That Can Help Working Moms Find Part-Time Work
If you're a mom looking for flexible or part-time work, these companies can help
Are you a mom who wants to work part-time? Maybe family demands have led you to feel the need to cut back your hours, but you can't afford or don't want to leave the workforce altogether. Or maybe you are looking to rejoin the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom and would like to wade rather than dive back in.
If you are currently working full time, the best place to start looking for part-time work is within your company. You won't know if you don't ask. If you can negotiate flexible hours at your existing job, you may be able to retain your seniority, benefits and job continuity. You won't have to prove yourself at a new company or learn a new position. Instead, you can focus on transitioning to part-time work.
If that is not an option, there are several companies that seek to match professionals, such as working moms, with project-based, freelance and contract part-time jobs.
Job-posting company FlexJobs.com aggregates legitimate jobs with some form of flexibility such as telecommuting, part-time or flextime schedules, or freelance contracts. The company's team of researchers aims to find and screen the best jobs that meet these criteria and filter out scams, junk, and advertisements, which are especially prevalent in the world of part-time and gig work.
Anyone can browse job postings on the site, but with a paid one-month, quarterly or annual membership, you can get a detailed report on any job listed on the site, including the best way to apply, as well as job search checklists, skills tests and content from experts. There is also a free weekly newsletter offered by the company that features job listings, tips and other content.
Job-placement company The Second Shift seeks to match female talent with employers seeking part-time workers, interim jobs or special project work, typically in the fields of marketing, finance, and human resources, or in strategy and creative rolls.
You must apply for membership and be approved. This requires submitting credentials and references, which the company will verify, and completing a personal interview. If you are accepted into the network, the company's matching algorithm will select projects that align with your particular skills.
The Second Shift handles payment processing and tax paperwork for you. While there are no upfront fees, when you complete a project, The Second Shift will keep 5% of your pay.
Power to Fly
PowerToFly is a recruiting platform that specializes in connecting women to companies in the tech, digital, sales and marketing fields. The company's mission is to "encourage diversity recruiting and hiring" at firms ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on technical roles.
You can search job postings on the site in specific locations or for remote work, which is often ideal for moms looking to work part-time. When signing up and creating your profile, select the "Regular Member" option if you want hiring managers to be able to view your profile. If being visible on a job site such as this may be problematic given your current employment situation, you can select the "Community Member" option to take advantage of PowerToFly's offerings without making your profile public. There are no membership fees for this site.
Prokanga is a staffing and recruiting firm that aims to connect mid- to senior-level professionals looking for consulting, flexible or project-based work with companies, particularly in finance, marketing, non-profit, executive leadership, and small business or start-up roles. The typical Prokanga member is someone who currently has a full-time job but is looking to move into a more flexible role.
After you submit your resume, Prokanga will contact you directly if they have a project or work that suits your expertise. For a $5 monthly subscription fee, you can access any open positions on the company's job board directly. Prokanga also offers career consulting services.
Werk offers "the only job board with pre-negotiated flexibility," featuring jobs in finance, accounting, communications and PR, creative services, fundraising, law, marketing, operations, product management, sales and business development. Werk's platform focuses on jobs with some sort of flexible frameworks, such as part-time work, remote positions or jobs that allow you to shift your hours, but it does not offer project-based or short-term opportunities.
Anyone can use Werk, but the company recognizes that working moms, in particular, often require flexibility to succeed and climb the corporate ladder. Werk charges an annual membership fee.
If you live in the Washington, D.C., or Boston metro areas and have a college degree and at least a decade of professional work experience, FlexProfessionals may be perfect for you. Founded by three mothers who were working professionals, the company seeks to match qualified job seekers with part-time (10-32 hours a week), flexible or project-based work.
The company places people with companies in fields such as finance, accounting, marketing, PR, project management, law, graphic design and business development, among others, but it does not work with companies in the medical or education fields.
Register through the website for free and upload your resume. You can then apply for jobs you are interested in. FlexProfessionals will review all candidates who have applied for a particular job and then conduct phone and in-person interviews with top candidates.
The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished mothers (or anyone who identifies with its mission) with companies looking for professionals in the project management, marketing, technology, sales, administrative, finance, human resources and legal fields.
Membership is free. Once you create a profile, you will get matched with jobs that meet your skills and flexibility needs. You can then bid on jobs that interest you, negotiating your compensation with the employer.
Mom Corps is part of Corps Team, which describes itself as a "nationwide, boutique, talent advisory, search and staffing firm." It focuses on helping professionals find jobs in accounting, finance, marketing, HR and other business-service-related industries.
You can register online for free, search the job board for flexible and part-time jobs, apply for positions and receive weekly notifications of new job listings. You may also be contacted by the company's recruiters if they find a job match for you.
HireMyMom.com connects mothers with legitimate home-based jobs and projects in virtually every career field, including blogging, copy editing, finance, customer service, administrative, marketing and sales.
Work requests are vetted by the company's staff to ensure they are legitimate. You have the ability to view projects and apply online, and also receive daily job alerts. A quarterly fee is charged to use the service.