By: Michelle Berg
I am an Uber fan. I love how easy it seems to strike up a conversation with an Uber driver. It’s actually the part of the experience I like the most. I typically always ask the driver:
1.) How long have you been driving with Uber?
2.) Why are you driving Uber?
3.) Do you like it?
It’s probably not surprising that the number one response to “why drive with Uber” is: “I lost my job and figured this is a good way to make money for the interim.”
As the owner of an employee experience agency, I typically cringe during an interview when someone says they want a job just for the money. But with Uber it makes sense. I kind of dig that entrepreneurial spirit that it seems to evoke.
So the other day, I get into an Uber ask my typical questions and something quite awesome happens…
My Driver is beyond excited. You see, he told me he had just received a job offer and would be moving to very limited hours with Uber starting that following Monday. He had been searching for over year as he was laid off as a labourer. He went on to explain that originally moved to Calgary from out east with a degree in international tax.
He explained that one day while driving for Uber, he told a guest his story. And this particular guest happened to work at a fairly large accounting firm in Calgary. The guest then said, “we’re dying for people. You’d have to start at the bottom, but send me your resume and I’ll get you in for a trial.” And boom, just like that, the driver had landed a role.
Here’s the thing: for those that have been out of work for a while and have been trying everything they can online to find a job, my advice is to get back to the old fashioned way of doing things. Get yourself out there. Network. In unique ways. Not lame ways. Strike up conversations that matter.
So if you’ve been looking for work for a while, try Uber. Not necessarily for the income, but for the conversations. Here’s six tips to turn your Uber driver experience into a live Linkedin interaction
1.) Think about driving during rush hour (and slightly before or after) to get access to the 9-5 crowd
2.) Have your resume ready and printed out in the vehicle
3.) Put it in an envelope so that it’s easy for transport (as in they can slip it in their jacket pocket)
4.) Ask for their business cards (almost everyone has one). And if they don’t, have post-it notes and a pen in your car and ask them to write down their contact information.
5.) Follow up. Preferably before you take your next fare.
6.) And finally, look good, smell good and know your pitch. You’ve got 5-20 minutes to impress. Don’t blow it. This is more time than they will ever give your resume (which is about 7 seconds).
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