As we’ve delved into some of the important traits we feel great chauffeurs share – you may have noticed a trend – interacting with people. Honestly, if you do not truly love people – this probably isn’t the best career path for you.
How can we say that?
While you certainly get to deal with people at their best (celebrating special events: weddings, proms, vacations, etc.) you will also find yourself balancing their euphoria with an uncommon blend of nerves, stress, tension, frustration and more. Learning to deliver professionally – and provide service that exceeds expectation – can be challenging at times. The hardest lesson to swallow here is that it’s not all personal.
In addition to your passengers you have co-workers:
Dispatchers, reservationists, schedulers, fleet managers – every firm has someone – or a roster of some ones who will be hopefully helping you along the way. However, as you are interacting with clients – most likely – so are your colleagues. As such – be mindful that they may be catching people at difficult times too (missed flight connections, meetings running early/late, a death in the family, etc.).
Did we mention the people you share the roads with?
Yup – they’ll play into this equation as well.
What’s that you say? It’s not all bad?!
Sure – we’ve probably painted a less than rosy picture. Rest assured – this a GREAT industry to work in – we just feel that honesty is the best policy. So what has been our experience? Individuals who genuinely LOVE people, have, in our opinion, a personality that shines through and EXCEL as chauffeurs. As with so many other professions – this is not a career path for everyone.
So if we could offer one piece of advice – one little tidbit of unsolicited advice from an unbiased 3rd party – make sure you love people before you make the decision to pursue a career path as a chauffeur – we think it will help immeasurably!