Need a job? Waitr wants to hire 200 drivers in Central Texas

Delivery app looks to expand
Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 22:43:27-04

Another 1.2 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment claims last week.

The figure is lower than the weeks prior, but there’s no doubt a lot of Americans, including Texans, are looking for steady work.

Enter food delivery app Waitr, which announced just this week it needs 200 additional drivers in local restaurant hot spots like McLennan and Bell Counties.

“Drivers can set their own schedule. It’s endless to what they can make. They can work as much or as little as they want,” said Kim Jones, who is helping steer the local effort.

Food delivery services are seeing huge business during the pandemic.

A survey earlier this summer of 700 U.S. adults found that 85% had ordered delivery food online while 64% used a delivery app to get a meal.

While some of the bigger names in the game- think GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash- dominate larger, urban areas, Waitr focuses on mid to smaller-sized cities and towns.

“Waitr deals mostly with local businesses. We’re trying to keep our local people and businesses afloat during all of this," said Jones.

To apply, simply visit the Waitr site and go through the steps. Drivers needs to be at least 18-years-old, have a valid license, good insurance and a smart phone.

These days, Jones says it's about being productive and healthy.

“We’re provided with masks and hand sanitizer. If a customer requests, we don’t contact them directly. We’ll leave it at the door and call or text them,” she said.

If food delivery isn't what someone is looking for, the Texas Workforce Commission is still urging people to look for open jobs here.

Right now, there are close to 625,000 open jobs in the state, according to the commission.