March 2, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Last Sunday I attended a bicycle job fair at Collins, a local bike store on west 11th in downtown Eugene in order to find some post-grad opportunities. I spent a few hours re-writing my resume to tailor it to potential work in the bicycle industry.
I have no actual work experience in a cycling environment, but I do have some other things going for me. I have been a bike commuter for 6 years, 4 of those in Eugene, making me capable of working delivery jobs since I know my way around so well. I also have had my own complete set of shop tools and a bike work stand for two years, something that has allowed me to do my own bike maintenance and construction for myself and my friends. I believe that having this much experience working on bikes will be enormously helpful for finding a job selling or building them.
One thing that I have found works well is riding my fancy road bike up to potential jobs. Bike stores generally allow you to just roll your bike right in, and Sophomore year when I was trying to apply at a local position I brought out the bling and really impressed the manager. Unfortunately I did not get the job but the impression I made must have helped my shots a little. In the meantime I'm going to keep looking!