A successful job sharing arrangement starts with finding and choosing a compatible work partner. With that person identified, you can present a realistic job sharing proposal rich with details which the two of you will have discussed.
Referencing that person’s experience and skills within the proposal, and attaching her resume, are also part of a convincing ‘sell’ to your manager.
5 Ways to Find a Job Sharing Partner
If you think about who’s looking for a better work-life fit, it shouldn’t be hard to find a job sharing partner. For example, millennials are practically demanding flexible work, especially as they become new parents.
And among older workers, there are Gen X and baby boomer employees who want to stay on the job but on a scaled-back schedule.
Yep, they’re out there. Here are five ways to find a job sharing partner.
1. Your Current Workplace: A compatible coworker or temporary worker who replaced you or a coworker during a leave are both possibilities. A pairing of two currently valued employees whom your employer would rather not lose could be your most favorable approach.
2. Professional and Personal Networks: Start putting the word out about your job partner search to contacts in your professional association, your LinkedIn, Twitter or other social media networks, colleagues from previous jobs, people in your workout class, etc., all of whom can be a direct or indirect source of referral.
3. Employment Agencies, Offline and Online: If there are nearby agencies that specialize in your field, you may want to let them know about your potential opening. Emphasizing the reduced hours involved in the job sharing arrangement will probably be a draw for many job candidates.
In some areas of the country, there are flexible staffing agencies which might be able to link you up with a suitable partner. Flexible Resources is well-established. Online, you’ll find flexible staffing websites that have potential for finding your job sharing partner.
4. Placement Offices: Nearby colleges and universities might be a good source for identifying leads as these days, many students are past traditional college age, with jobs and families.
5. Advertisements: Classified ads, either online (e.g., on Craigslist) or offline (e.g., your regional business newspaper) may yield last-resort results if other avenues aren’t fruitful.
Time and persistence in pursuing these pathways should result in finding several prospective job share partners. From among them, your next step is choose a compatible, cooperative co-worker who is a good communicator and who has similar or complementary job skills.
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