OK. This is how I got away from Uber:
- First, prepare a resume. Make sure it is right, the right style, etc. Do a good job on it, pay for a pro if you need to.
- Then, using the resume as an outline, prepare (memorize) a 30 second presentation on your favorite subject: you. Practice it until you are comfortable saying it; it can't sound canned, or memorized. Make it natural.
- Figure that every person who gets in your car, who you think can offer you a job, is going to hear about your favorite subject.
- Be prepared with natural sounding segways to your favorite subject.
- Only drive hours and locations that offer you the best chance for a ripe target. People going to the airport, going to work, coming home from work, going out to dinner with wifey, etc. NO two AM drunk hours. NO colleges. NO ghettos. None of these people can or will be able to help you.
So, now you get a ping. It is 3pm and you get a ping to a downtown office building. Mr. Businessman is standing toes on curb when you pull up. He is going to another office building. Your pulse quickens because you DGAF about whether or not he's going to tip you. You are looking for much bigger game.
So he piles in, buckles up and you get the question. "So how do you like driving for Uber?" Or, "How long you been driving for Uber?" Or whatever. You answer: "Oh it's ok. I get to meet a lot of interesting people. I been driving for about _____ months." Pause a second, then ask, what he does. People like to talk about themselves, listen. He tells you that he works for Acme Co in their marketing department. Be interested in what he says, "That's great. Sounds interesting. is it a good company to work for?" Then, do your pitch. "I am actually looking for a better position. I have a BS from Cal State Hayward in Business Admin and Economics, and have several years experience in managing an Accounts Payable department. Do you think there's any positions at Acme Company for a guy like me?"
If he says 'no' or refers you to HR (same as no), then ask exactly this way: "Who do you know who may be interested in a person with my skills?" This is an open ended question. Not a yes or no answer. He will think about 'who he knows'. If you get a negative to that one, ask "What about your competition? I really need to find a decent spot to land." If that's a negative, then let it be. Done. No help. Get three no responses before the ride ends.
If you get a lead, when you pull over grab a pen and paper and say, "Let me write that down before you get out" and after writing it down ask "Is it ok if I use your name when I call?" If he says yes, ask him for his card or at least jot down his first and
last name, not just the name on the ap.
If you do this ten times a day, I guarantee you will get at least one good lead. Out of ten asks, you get one lead.
Ten leads will get you a good job.
So, you need to get at least one hundred NO answers (actually three hundred) to be successful.