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Navigating part-time job problems

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The state of today's interesting job market: More than 7-million Americans are stuck in part time jobs they don't want, according to a report in "The Wall Street Journal."

The report indicates our nation is filled with what's being called "involuntary part-time workers."

In other words, those who would rather work more than 34 hours a week but can't find full-time jobs.

We explored the job market in southeast Missouri and found interesting situations: positives, stress, frustration, and success stories.

The moral: It can take work to find work but it is possible.

"I spent a good month or two just filling out applications," said Tyler Finch.

It was time well spent for him, the exception. He's a college student at Southeast Missouri State University working at a hotel and also Exit Reality managing their marketing.

"I have to work though college which can be stressful but I enjoy both of my jobs and they are actually hands-on training and great experience for my future career field," said Finch.

He explained he wants to go into business administration or marketing.

"I love working here," he said of his job at Exit Realty. "I am learning a lot and the work is fulfilling."

Heartland News discovered not everyone is as happy as Finch.

"It is difficult to find a job that fits what you need," said Lindsey Smith of Sikeston. "I feel so frustrated and just caught because I have two kids and I don't want to be away from them but I have to support them. I'd love to be able to go into business for myself but even starting that takes time. It's mentally stressful. I want my kids to see a happy hard-working mother. I want a job with purpose. That's so hard to find. I have experience working with people with special needs and animals and I'd love to find something like that."

"Tomorrow is my 29th birthday and I just feel like the time is now to change my life," she continued. "I don't want to go home at eleven o'clock at night when my children are in bed. They need a mother that's there for them. There are jobs out there but it's shift work and difficult hours or jobs with no real future."

Right now she says she's behind on her mortgage and literally selling any of her personal belongings she can to keep her home.

At the Missouri Career Center, Mike Berry says unemployment numbers may not tell the whole story.

Many have exhausted there benefits or simply quit trying.

"You would be surprised by the number of people just working odd cash jobs to get by," said Berry. "If they come here we can help them find a way to qualify for programs, get on the job training, or make their resume suitable."

Berry says a lot of good jobs that are full-time require experience, and those out of work can't find the jobs to get the key experience they need to qualify because those are the positions that are filled.

"Our services are free and we can help," said Berry. "There are solutions. Sometimes you do have to sacrifice some time with extra training or searching to get where you want to be. We always ask where they want to be in ten years."

Wendi Zickfield is an example of a success story: someone who took time out to make the most of her time in the future.

She's working full time at the family business, but also pursuing her dream.

She ultimately wanted go into the real estate so she took time out for extra classes.

"In order to be happy I had to take the top out of my schedule and push other priorities aside to get to where I am now," said Zickfield.

Berry says find a career center across southeast Missouri that will help you trouble shoot, build a resume, search jobs and even programs you qualify for assistance.

You can click here for more information.

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