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How to find a job when you don’t have a car

Anyone who’s ever needed to look for a job knows that doing so is a lot easier when you’ve got a car to help you do it. This might be the case with just about anything, but a job hunt has a tendency to come with a special type of urgency that just doesn’t accompany a lot of our other activities.

The need to find that next paying gig can be really pressing, in a way that makes not being able to drive a car seem infuriatingly difficult to deal with. Especially if you’re used to having your own car and driving yourself around whenever you need to go somewhere, having to deal with life without wheels can seem like a frustrating lack of autonomy. Even if you’ve never had a car before or simply don’t like driving, however, the job hunt can be especially difficult when you’re not able to get yourself where you want to go exactly when you want to go there.

Thanks to the advancements that we’ve made in technology and in our society, there are a lot of ways to do things easily without a car, and a lot of ways that you can perhaps even work without leaving the comfort of your own home. We’ll talk about the best ways to find work if you don’t have a car, so that your lack of wheels does not have to equal a lack of income.

Public transportation might already be your best friend, and if it’s not, you might want to get acquainted. We don’t all have the privilege of living in an area with a decent public transportation system, but if you do, it’s important to take advantage of it. When you’re searching for a job, it’s important not to let any resource pass you up, for any reason.

The public transit system might not always be the most attractive thing, but riding it around might be a little more attractive than not having a paycheck. Not every job search has to be centered around the Internet, but not having a car doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to options you can seek out from your own living room.

Plenty of jobs get listed online, but you can also head over to an area like a mall or someplace where a lot of businesses, restaurants, and retail locations have gathered and just make the rounds on foot. Many of these places will still accept in-person applications, so you could seriously benefit from spending a day filling them out and turning them in.

Maybe you’ve got a skill that will let you work at home. If you’re able to work online — perhaps you know how to write, have a talent with graphic design, or are great at search engine optimization — then you can certainly establish yourself with a nice little business that doesn’t even see you leaving the house.

Set yourself up with a website or blog where potential clients can take a look at your work and see what you’re capable of, then simply start looking for people who need done the things that you know how to do. You’ll be able to find someone to pay you for your skills in no time at all with the right resume and work samples to show.

 

 

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Jenni Proctor

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