Unconventional Living

Job Hunting While Living in Your Vehicle

Be Organized!

  • Have copies of your resume printed and ready to hand out.
  • Keep a notebook with you to keep track of places you have applied and any notes from conversations with those companies.
  • Utilize the Public Library. Even if you are from out of state, most Public Libraries will issue you a temporary pass so that you are able to use their resources. If you use your time wisely, you can apply online to a lot of places rather quickly and also print out copies of your resume.
  • If you don’t have a smartphone (which I do not) you can still “Google®” places the old fashioned way. Just dial 411 for information and the automated system will send you a text with the address and phone number of the company you are requesting.
  • Visit your Information Center for the area. They have free maps!
  • Establish a home base. This will be the primary area that you are looking for work. I like to find my favorite Walmart. You can tell a great deal about the area that you are in by going in to Walmart during a busy period and seeing what kind of people are shopping there. Walmart also offers free overnight parking in most areas.

The Interview Outfit

  • Make sure you have your clothes sorted out and be prepared for three formal interactions before actually getting hired.
  • The first outfit is for the day that you go to the place you have chosen to apply for to ask for an application if you are not able to apply online.
  • The second outfit is for your initial interview.
  • And of course the third outfit for a second interview if needed.
  • Choose materials that do not need ironing for your outfits so that you do not have to worry so much about wrinkling when you are packing your items. Polyester blends, knits, wool blends, and spandex blends all are great clothing choices that are quite wrinkle resistant.
  • When packing your clothes, try to only use one fold and then roll the item instead of making extra folds in it. This will reduce the wrinkle factor as well.

Your First Day

If you need to park down the block so that you remain inconspicuous at the work place, make sure you plane extra time for this. You may need to walk a few blocks if you want to remain secretive about your living situation.

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of your appointed time to fill out any paperwork or answer any questions that your new employer may have.

Your First Check

I highly recommend you rent a hotel room for one night to congratulate yourself on your job well done. In almost any area, there are affordable hotels within a 30 minute drive of where your home base is located. One night with a nice hot bath, comfortable bed, and some cable TV goes a long way for the weary soul. It also gives you some more motivation to keep working so that you can get out of your car.

Make sure to budget out your money so that you are able to make it comfortably to your next paycheck. During this time, try not to splurge on many things, although you will have the urge to do so. Saving is very important.

The Next Few Weeks

It’s very important that to be saving over the next few weeks so that you are able to afford the deposit and first months rent on your new home. If you do not have a checking account, you will still need to keep your money safe. You do not  want to risk the chance of someone breaking into your vehicle if you have your money stashed in there and stealing it all. On the same account, you do not want to risk accidentally losing your money if you are carrying it on you at all times.

The NetSpend® card is easy to set up and can be mailed to you at a post office. You can rent a PO BOX or apply for General Mail at the Post Office nearest you. For more information on the NetSpend® card, you can visit my older post, An Alternate Banking Option.

I wish you the best of luck. I know your struggle is real. Reach out to family and friends for help, stay focused and you will be back on your feet soon. 

If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear them below. Be sure to share this post with your friends, you never know who might need this advice. 

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