Professionals seeking part-time positions as their next career move, have a new resource available to them. Recently launched online career search website, CareerFlex LLC, works with both employers as well as job seekers in the San Francisco Bay Area, in delivering permanent part-time employment to qualified professionals holding at least a Bachelor Degree or a minimum of five years of professional job experience.
Professionals who are job hunting on CareerFlex tend to be individuals who are looking for life/work balance, which does not entail having to work the typical 40+ hour work week.
Looking for flexible positions allowing part-time hours whilst still offering a challenging and rewarding career, and not being able to find a resource which would help them do so, Anitha Pachagounder, Julie Pozzi and Jenna Kuhl created and co-founded CareerFlex.
As the three women talked to more people around them, they discovered that there were many professionals who saw the same need, realizing there could be high demand from both seekers and employers by bringing the idea to life.
In the last twenty years, Jenna Kuhl, a marketing and public relations professional, says that she has never been able to find a balance between work and personal life, especially after having children. "I felt extreme guilt having to stay home when my kids were sick or not being able to attend a school event. I realized that while my family was my priority, I also wanted to have a career where I could use my skills and education — just not working typical Silicon Valley hours. I know that I am not alone, and that's why I know CareerFlex will work," stated Kuhl.
"There are very few good career options available for people that need flexibility but also want to feel valued," said Anitha Pachagounder. "People should be able to have workplace flexibility while doing something that they love and that utilizes their skills and experience. We want more than anything to help everyone find that happy balance, because that's what we want as well."
It's not always a matter of staying home to take care of children, there may be a need to tend to a loved one, or just wanting a more balanced situation in life, CareerFlex offers a solution to career seekers looking for meaningful employment that fits into their lifestyle.
"Many employers do not yet understand that there are benefits to hiring a part-time position over someone that is full-time," said Julie Pozzi. "We are beginning to educate them on reasons why it would make sense for their business, like the need for a senior or experienced professional on a limited budget, filling a void based on market demand, support in a specific area that does not need a full-time employee in it, as well as an alternative to expensive consultants and contractors. There is a lot of opportunity for employers in this area and in saving money to help meet their bottom line."