Long story short, I am applying for a P/T job (half-time) in a nearby city, that I am well qualified for. A full-time planner for 6 yrs, I have recently been moonlighting on some consulting jobs and want to grow my involvement in consulting and/or the nonprofit world; want to pursue an interest in organic gardening or farming; and simply want some work-life balance and time to reflect.
In my cover letter, how might I address my motivations? Most of the people I know who work part-time for cities are mothers with children at home (with the exception of one friend who is an artist), which fair or not I think employers are comfortable that they will stick around as they have made a choice to balance work and life.
Simply outline my qualifications, and leave the potential employer guessing about my motivations?
Outline only my more "professional" side interests (consulting and possibly professional education), at the risk the employer may think I'd dump them as soon as my consulting takes off or I finish some credential/degree?
Outline more honestly my motivations in order to assure them I expect to stick around, at the risk of including more personal information than is appropriate? (Would some managers see a 30-something male voluntarily going to P/T employment as a bit flaky ... or in our more entrepreneurial world, is this not a big deal?)
The job listing is open for about three weeks, so I don't get the impression they already know who they want to hire.
Thanks for any thoughts ...