Part-Time Work Is Better Than Full-Time Unemployment — Here's Where To Apply

It may be easier to find an articulate Arizona State University graduate than a job these days, but TheStreet has you covered, so long as you only want to work part time and don’t mind wearing a dopey apron and/or smile.

In a roundup of large employers that are hiring part-time workers, MainStreet highlights Lowe’s. J.C. Penney and Jamba Juice.

Position: Lowe’s currently has approximately 7,900 positions open companywide. Positions range from seasonal employee in Lowe’s stores, to team members in a regional distribution center, to miscellaneous positions in the corporate office.

Desired Hours Per Week: Flexible and varies by position and location. Some weekends and nights are usually required.

Pay: Starts at around $10/hour for store cashiers. Positions requiring special expertise pay a higher hourly rate.

Benefits: Permanent part-time workers are offered health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, retirement benefits and a 10% discount at Lowe’s stores.

Location(s): The company has 1,650 stores nationwide. The corporate office is located in North Carolina.

Requirements: High School or GED for store positions. Previous experience and expertise in sales or customer service is helpful, as is knowledge about building or home improvement products. You must pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug test. Some positions require specialized knowledge/experience in a specific area (plumbing, electrical, etc.).

The Inside Scoop: If you’re a do-it-yourself type (or wish you were), this could be the perfect job for you. Customers often seek advice or guidance for their home improvement projects, so you need to learn as much as possible about your department’s products and their uses. For some positions, heavy lifting might be required.

Heavy lifting is not required, however, to grab a cashed part-time paycheck off the bank counter.

Who’s Hiring Part Time: Lowe’s, JCPenney & Jamba Juice [MainStreet]