/ Asked by Lyra
If a job type is listed as "full time" can I still apply for it even though I can't work 40 hours per week?
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.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 21, 2014
Yes, you can still apply, but you should provide clarification, either through a cover letter or direct conversation, on what hours that you can work.  In addition, it is also important to do this early on the application process.  It could damage your future employment opportunities with that company if they do not find about your availability until late in the process.  Also, some companies do not define full-time as 40 hours per week.  They may define it as 32 or 35 hours per week, or some other figure.  It may be worth a call to the company to get clarification from them on what exactly 'full-time' means for them because it may fit with your schedule after all.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, March 24, 2014
My recommendation is that you don't apply. If you aren't able to work the hours advertised, you ultimately don't meet their qualifications - 40 hours being the qualification. If employers have flexibility in their schedules, such as part-time or 30 hours, they will advertise that accordingly so they attract the right talent pool. I would encourage you to look at www.flexjobs.com. You'll find many jobs that offer flexible schedules, telecommuting, part-time, etc.
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, June 12, 2014
Good question and I understand your desire to apply to a position in which you are interested in the hopes that schedules can be adjusted. Since this is a full time position and you are not looking to work full time, this would not be a fit for you. Positions are typically posted with specific requirements needed for the job. I would suggest searching for positions that match your availability.
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