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    ...such as "Working hours: 6", does that mean there's often overtime to be had, or does it more likely than not mean you'll be working 6 hours most weeks? Something I've been confused on lately while applying for part-time retail jobs, and would really like to get cleared up.
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    (Original post by The_Architect)
    ...such as "Working hours: 6", does that mean there's often overtime to be had, or does it more likely than not mean you'll be working 6 hours most weeks? Something I've been confused on lately while applying for part-time retail jobs, and would really like to get cleared up.
    I was on a 6 hour contract and sometimes worked 20 hours per week if we were understaffed, but I was keen to do as many hours as possible, anyway, and once worked 11 days in a row (I had 3 jobs, you can't do that with one employer)!
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    I was on a 6 hour contract and sometimes worked 20 hours per week if we were understaffed, but I was keen to do as many hours as possible, anyway, and once worked 11 days in a row (I had 3 jobs, you can't do that with one employer)!
    Who were you on a 6-hour contract with, and how often was overtime available?
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    I was contracted 12 hours but had the option of doing more hours if I wanted. I ended up doing about 40 one week! It depends entirely on the company, as I was able to get most overtime during the summer when people were on holiday.
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    Who were you on a 6-hour contract with, and how often was overtime available?
    I've sent you a PM.
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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    I've sent you a PM.
    Got it, thanks for that man. Based on that, do you think it'd be advisable to put my ideal working hours in my cover letter as around 20 hours, given that employers usually ask me what my working hours are? Would that show that I'm willing to work overtime, or would it just show that I'm looking for too much?
 
 
 
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