Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I think it doesn’t hurt to still apply in case they might not need a 40 hour commitment from you. However, if a cover letter is required, I would state that you can’t work 40 hours per week in the letter, or definitely bring it up to the company representative you speak to if you get invited for an interview. Most full time positions do require 40 hours per week, and if the position you are applying for does, it’s better to know that piece as soon as possible, both for your knowledge and so the company knows you wouldn’t be able to fulfill the hours required of the position. My advice would be to look at part time positions for now while you cannot work 40 hours per week. Some job positions also break down the amount of hours required per week, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for that as well when looking through position descriptions.