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How to Get a Job When You Don't Have a Car

Updated on February 11, 2013

Unfortunately, not having transportation, or dependable transportation is a problem that many people are facing today. It's not just the job that you have to qualify for, but the day in and day out travel to and from work that you need to think about before you accept the job. There are only a few things worse than showing up late shortly after you're hired - not showing up at all ranks right up there.

Transportation is a vital part of being able to do a job and being able to keep it. Further, being late or absent hurts your integrity as an employee since you've already explained in the interview how transportation will not become an issue. Depending on several factors that may be sensitive to your situation, getting this job(or any) is usually a high priority. If this is the case, I would accept the job, and work out the details later. Here's a few tips to help you get started.

Metro Bus Line


Transit Benefits

Depending on the area that you are in, mass transit provides reliable transportation to many people for many reasons and benefits. The most important being the effects of energy conservation, less pollution to the environment, and the savings that the rider will incur from not using his or her private vehicle.

Although saving the environment and saving on automobile transportation costs might be enough to sway any individual to joining the mass transit bug, there are still other benefits that many transit riders enjoy.

Students and worker-bees love using the transit time to study, or finish up on projects for the work place. In addition, with the help of smart phones the time can be used to take care of incoming emails before going into work so that they are already ahead of their day.

No worries concerning the high blood pressure from traffic, road rage, and the total avoidance of being directly involved in a fender bender.

For others, this is their reading time - you know how you always say that you want to start reading your favorite authors but never have the time, well, now you do. And of course, for many, we never get enough sleep, so the ride to work becomes the perfect time for a power nap.

Car Pool Lanes


Transit Poll

Do you utilize mass transit, bike it, walk or carpool to work?

See results

Sharing a Ride

Many cities have ride-sharing programs that offer other benefits to carpooling including the use of a van that can be used to transport carpool members. Most programs offer contact phone numbers to people that can help them either set up a carpool service to and from an area, or help shoe-horn you into an existing carpool.

Some companies also provide carpool information for those wishing to share a ride to work to help reduce traffic and promote a more 'green' company outlook and reputation. If the company does not provide this service, it's often easy enough to set this up on your own just by doing a little gentle probing being careful not to offend anyone.

Most people are willing to share a ride especially if they can benefit from sharing expenses on fuel costs.

Urban Bikes


Ride to Work

Having a bike and riding to and from work provides many health benefits, and savings on expenses from normal transportation. Laws are very kind to bikers in most cities and will provide a safe and prominent biker's lane throughout the city's most busiest streets.

There are down-sides to every story, in this case, weather is the enemy. Riding in snow is out of the question - although I have many associates that have braved the ice and snow slush with some success. In bad weather, a backpack of work clothes will provide the answer, and if the company has a shower available for it's workers; problem solved.

Creative Transport


Creative Transportation to Work

At times, your commute to and from work may involve a combination of transits; a bus, and a rail ride, or a drop-off by a friend, and a bicycle ride the rest of the way. When you don't have a car, you are forced to get creative because the alternative is to not be able to accept the job.

Many years ago, to keep a good paying job, I caught the bus to work, but got off of work at 2am when no buses ran. I decided that this would be a good time to get my exercise in and ran the two and a half miles home. Needless to say, I found a more acceptable means of commute after a few weeks...and yes, running at 2am down the highway where no lights were was NOT fun.

Get the word out in your social and family circles when you are looking for a ride in, and know what the available mass transit opportunities are in your area. If the results you end up are less than admirable, know that you will find a better way eventually. As long as you keep looking, you'll find a way to cut your commute down to an acceptable and less hassled trip, because if you can't, the alternative is to give up the job, or lose it. Faced with these tough choices, I've always found it better to stick it out and make the sacrifices early to take the benefits later.

Face to Face Interview


Interview Tips and Questions

Before going to the interview you'll need to know how you will get to this job, and make sure you've done your research. Depending on the type of job that you're applying for, there may be a guarded gate to the area that public transportation may not enter into; ship yards, aviation, etc. There may be a time period - depending on your shift - where no public transportation will be operating because of the late hour.

You'll need to know what your answer will be in advance when you're asked if transportation will be a problem, and rest assured, it will be asked. Don't flub on this question after doing so well on all the rest of the interview. Do your homework, and know how to respond to this most important question.


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      landocheese 5 years ago

      Having grown up in a small town with no options other than feet, bikes, or your neighbor, there are certainly fewer options. However, I do think that people are still willing to carpool, especially with gas at the price it is.

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      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks prokid, I had fun with it. Kawi.

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      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks Dreamhowl, this was a fun piece to write, thanks for the vote. Kawi.

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      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks guys, appreciate your input on this piece. Kawi.

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      KA Hanna 5 years ago from America's Finest City

      Interesting hub!

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      Jessica Marello 5 years ago from United States

      Great information - I like how you included tips about the job interview at the end. It seems like you covered all the bases. Voted up!

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      KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Mhatter. Cheers. Kawi.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Interesting as I live in SF where you don't need a car.