Job Options for Non-Drivers
By Melissa Cardin, Workplace Success
The majority of the population assumes that transportation is not an issue when it comes to finding a job. Recently, though, this question was posed:
"What are the best jobs to apply for individuals that don't drive? The majority of us take driving to work for granted. For medical reasons I can't drive and yet even jobs that don't require driving are out of reach without a driver's license. One that comes to mind is [company name removed]. They require a driver's license for all positions, but no travel or driving is stated in the job description."
This question begs further exploration, because it could be that the company is wondering if you have reliable transportation or perhaps they're just looking to see an ID.
Many jobs don't actually require a license, and a potential employer could just be looking for a photo proof of identification.
Employers asking to see a driver's license specifically may want to know if you are relying on public transportation or driving yourself to work. Many jobs may not be on your local public transportation route, but if they are what happens if you miss the bus by a minute? Does that mean you'll be an hour late to work? This could be a concern, especially if that employer has had this type of experience with an employee in the past. The best way to combat this argument would be to show how reliable and punctual you are in your resume and in any job interviews.
So, what are some jobs you can do, even if you don't drive?
Unless the job description specifically says that you will be running errands for the company, you will probably not be leaving the office for the day. If the job listing itself doesn't say, you can always contact the company and request a copy of the job description.
Retail positions are not typically going to require travel, unless you are a manager and have to travel to other stores in the area, or to manager meetings.
Unless you work in home healthcare, you will likely not be driving for your job in this industry. You'd work a full shift at your employer's location.
Child Care Provider
This job will likely be done at a child care center, unless you provide in-home child care. If you decide to open an in-home center of your own, be sure to look into your state licensing requirements to do this.
A reliable person who is good with animals is always in demand for pet sitting and dog walking, especially in highly populated areas. This job would only require walking, not driving.
Employers aren't typically going to ask for a copy of your driver's license with your application and resume, unless it is a job that specifically states that you will be driving. Never hesitate to ask for a copy of a job description from an employer, too, especially if you are not clear on what the expectations of a position are.
When all else fails, there is always the childhood dream. The constitution sets forth the qualifications for this job and needing a driver's license is not one of them: You could always run for President of the United States. It pays $400,000/year and transportation is provided. Qualifications:
- Be a natural-born citizen of the United States
- Be at least thirty-five years old
- Have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years
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Melissa Cardin is a program facilitator with Workplace Success through Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., teaching work skills to program-eligible clients and helping them gain real work experience through formal volunteer assignments. She has spent several years working with families experiencing homelessness, helping them to meet goals that will help them achieve self-sufficiency.