JOB SEARCH / APR. 25, 2014
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How to Get to a Job Interview Without a Car

Not having a vehicle can be quite a challenging when you have to go to a job interview. Of course, when you have a vehicle, it helps you to cover a wider area during your job search. However, many job seekers still do so without a vehicle and you can too. Until you have a vehicle to move around, you can try to find job listings that are close by to where you live. Before you are called in for the interview, think about how you will get there. Here are some tips.

Rent a Vehicle for The Day

If you have the financial resources rent a car for the day of the interview. In fact, these days, rental car daily rates are not as high as they were in the past. In addition, some rental car companies like Enterprise makes it convenient enough by coming to your home, picking you up and taking you to their rental car company to sign the paperwork for the vehicle. They will also return to pick up the car when you are done. Be sure to get this done the day before your interview.

Take the Bus or Train

Prior to your interview, go online or to the bus or train station to get a schedule of times and places where public transportation runs. Arrive at the station half an hour before the scheduled time. You don’t want the bus to leave you or you will have to wait another half an hour for the next one.

Walking

Before the inception of automobiles, people would look for jobs that are close to their residence so they could walk to work. Your feet are the most reliable form of transportation and it will also keep you in physical shape. Look around the area where you live to see which companies are hiring. When you apply and are scheduled for an interview, it will be easier to get there since it will be in close proximity to where you live. Prior to the interview, do the walk from your home to the job site in order to have an idea what to expect on the day of the interview.

Bum a Ride

If you can borrow your parent’s vehicle or know someone in your neighborhood who is passing by the job interview site, by all means ask for a ride beforehand. Most people will be obliged to help you, but make sure you offer to put some gas in the car.

Riding a Bicycle

This would probably be your last resort, but is a viable option. If you don’t have a bicycle, you can get one at the nearby flea market or find a garage sale. A cheap bicycle could get you to that job interview on time, but again, this would be a job in a 5-mile radius of your home.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to finding reliable transportation to get to your job interview. You have to be creative and think outside of the box. Always be open to new ideas. 

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