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If you are unemployed and looking for a job but don't have a car, don't worry. Today it's easier than ever to land a great job, and make it to that job everyday, without a vehicle. Listed below are five methods that you can use to make it to work when you lack transportation of your own.
1. Apply At Local Temp Agencies
Temporary agencies and staffing agencies are a great resource when it comes to finding employment. A lot of job seekers tend to shy away from them because they have a bad reputation but I've only had positive results when I've used temp agencies in the past.
Whenever I'm was looking for a job and without a vehicle, I'm always upfront about it during my interviews with temp agencies. I tell them that I can only accept assignments that were in walking or biking distance, or that were accessible via public transportation.
And this never seemed to be a problem. In fact, the agencies usually knew exactly what jobs to send me to that fit my criteria. After all, the beauty of temp agencies is that they are usually pretty familiar with the companies they are sending you to work for and they can save you a lot of time and effort by picking out an assignment that will work for you.
In the past, I've landed some decent jobs with very little effort that I didn't have to a vehicle for just by applying at a local temporary agency and being patient until they called me. And quite a few of these jobs turned into full-time positions a few months down the road.
2. Use Local Public Transportation To Get Around
When you are searching for a job without a car, public transportation is your best friend. The local bus lines, subways, and trains are a great way to get wherever you need to go for a very low cost.
When looking for employment be on the lookout for listings that mention being 'on the bus line' or 'public transportation accessible'. Many employers include terms like these in their job listings because it makes their jobs even more attractive to applicants.
One of the best aspects of public transportation is the frequency with which it runs. In some larger cities, the buses and trains run every half hour or so, making it very easy for you to get to job interviews, and eventually, your new job right on time, without having to do a lot of waiting around.
If you know you are going to be riding the local public transportation a lot you can typically buy a monthly pass at a very affordable price. This pass will allow you unlimited rides during a 30 day period for a set fee and will save you tons of money during your job search.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Walk
These days, walking seems to have become an activity that we do only when absolutely necessary and even then for extremely short periods of time. But if you are looking for a job and are without a car, then drastic times call for drastic measures.
You may have to swallow your pride (yeah you are gonna be that guy walking on the side of the road during rush hour that everyone is looking at), strap on a pair of comfortable sneakers, and hoof it.
You can get almost anywhere you need to go walking and the only real drawback is the amount of time it takes, but since you are unemployed you have plenty of time on your hands anyway!
I once walked over an hour to get to a job interview, during which time it started raining and I had to seek shelter for 10 minutes or so, but I made it to my interview on time. The subject of my walking came up during my interview and my potential employer was very impressed.
In fact, he was so impressed that he expedited my paperwork and background check through the system and called me with a job offer before I had even completed the walk back home.
Walking may not be the most glamorous way to land a job but it is definitely an option. And when it comes to getting a job you want to use every option at your disposal. Be the man/woman that is willing to do what other job seekers are unwilling to do. Go the extra mile (in this case on foot) and you will see that it gets results.
4. Uber Will Give You a Lyft
Modern Job seekers without a vehicle of their own can be thankful that they live in an era where ride-sharing services are on the rise. Companies like Uber and Lyft have made it easier than ever to get where you need to go without a car. And at pretty affordable rates.
Of course, if you are in the market for a job then you probably aren't going to be too keen on dishing out money on a regular basis for rides to job interviews but just view the cost as a necessary investment in your future.
Paying $15 to get you to an interview is a small price to pay for landing you a job that could earn you $30,000+ a year.
If your interview goes well and you get the job, you can also use Uber or Lyft to get back and forth to work every day until you can afford to buy yourself a vehicle.
Just factor the rides into your weekly budget and view it as a necessary expense. If you think about it, you will probably be spending about the same amount of money each week on rides as you will be spending on gas once you do buy a vehicle.
5. Scooters and Mopeds Are Definitely a Thing
Here's another tip that I can honestly say I have used personally to land a job and get back and forth to work every day. Instead of putting up all your saving and buying a car, use a small portion of your savings and buy a used scooter or moped.
Most people shy away from scooters because they aren't the most glamorous form of transportation out there. But we aren't looking for glamour, we are looking for a job!
And if you need an inexpensive ride back and forth to work then a scooter or a moped is definitely a great option. Not only can you buy a used scooter for pretty cheap, ($400–$600) but you also don't need insurance to legally drive them on the road (in most states) and you'll spend next to nothing keeping the tank filled with gas ($7z–$10 a week).
You might find that you're having so much fun driving your scooter back and forth to work every day that you decide to never buy a car!
Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on July 14, 2019:
This is an informative and inspiring article for a person in need of motivation to find a job. Especially a person who does not have transportation and feel it a downfall for them. Thank you for sharing