Q&A With Connor
Q: What made you want to apply at PostMates?
A: I have been unemployed for a long time, and never had any luck obtaining a job. I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, received calls from some of these places and showed up to every interview, but I still didn’t end up receiving the job because of my distinct lack of work experience. One night, I noticed that one of my old friends worked for PostMates and I quickly applied for the job.
Q: What was the interview process like and were you nervous?
A: Believe it or not, PostMates didn’t have an interview process, since PostMates is a digitally-oriented logistics company that employs couriers to deliver goods locally. However, I still had to fill out information, such as the type of transportation I’ll be using, and the type of car I’ll be driving. Sooner or later, I received a PostMates kit in the mail and promptly activated my PostMates card and made my very first delivery on August 29, 2019 by picking up an order from Falcone’s.
Q: What does the job entail?
A: Working for PostMates involves a lot of driving, strong communication between me, my clients and the restaurant employees, and utilizing a GPS navigation system to track the locations of both the restaurant and the client’s home or workplace. For the most part, I’m able to make deliveries within a 5 or 10 mile radius, but occasionally, I will take orders and make deliveries that require extensive driving. The only downside to being a PostMates courier is constantly purchasing gas.
Q: Do you feel more confident and independent having a job? If so, in what way?
A: Yes, working for PostMates has allowed me to become more confident and independent. However, it’s still an adjustment process. Before this year is over, I am determined to share an apartment, condominium or 1,000-square foot home with a friend, but I am not financially independent yet. I am thinking about applying for several different jobs in the Dallas area, because this will give me the opportunity to become more independent and give me the capabilities I truly need.
Q: Did being in ILP help in anyway as far as feeling more social and confident enough to apply?
A:Yes, being a member of ILP has helped me become more social and confident. My communication skills are exponentially stronger. I feel more confident now than I did back in the spring of 2016.
Q: What would you say to other young adults on the spectrum who are nervous about applying for a job?
A: I would tell them to remain confident, optimistic and strong!