It was 4:15am Pacific Time as I walked out of the hotel to catch my car service to the airport for my flight home. I had only gotten to sleep around midnight so I was still a bit sleepy. Not so my driver Mo. His energy, courtesy and smile welcomed me as he opened the door so I could enter the car. I was curious about this man who demonstrated all the qualities of exceptional customer service.
His dress, manner and speech were impeccable as was his car. Of course I had to ask what his story was. That was when I discovered Big Mo had a plan. Nine months ago he was laid off from Cisco at 51. After a month he was told to start collecting unemployment.
“That didn’t work for me,” he said. He felt that as long as his body and mind were able he needed to find a way to get back to work. Instead of just trying all the traditional methods of searching for a job he took a more creative approach.
He figured out which car service had the biggest share of clients in Silicon Valley that were decision makers and promptly got hired. Big Mo believes that every passenger is a potential employer or connection to an employer so he uses the drive to tell his story and show his work ethic, creativity and ability to communicate.
He has received three job offers so far from some of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley but Big Mo is looking to help a smaller firm grow. What do you think about Mo’s unique job search process? Got any others? Let’s get a conversation going and see how many creative job seeking methods there are out there. Maybe we can help someone find a job by showing them some different ways to seek! Let me know what has worked for you!