Ridesharing has become increasingly popular (if controversial) over the years with startups like Uber and Lyft. These ridesharing companies allow people to use their own vehicles to generate income. The question many people have is whether you should add full-time or part-time work with Uber or Lyft on a resume.
Many use ridesharing as their main income source while looking for employment or even as part-time work. Does working as a driver look good on your resume? We’ll discuss when to add ridesharing to your resume in this post.
The answer is almost always no. There are certain situations where you may add Uber or Lyft to a resume which we’ll discuss later in the post.
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is including irrelevant jobs on their resume. The sole purpose of your resume is to show you’re a good fit for the particular position you’re applying to. Including irrelevant ridesharing jobs like Uber or Lyft to your resume will do more harm than good. No hiring manager cares that you drove for Uber or Lyft if it has nothing to do with the position you’re targeting.
Stick to your education, experience, and skills that show you’re a good fit for the exact position you’re applying to–this is the only way to land an interview.
Most employers today also use an ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to automatically screen resumes. On average, 75% of resumes are rejected at this stage.
Including irrelevant information like ridesharing could confuse the ATS scna or the hiring manager which could mean automatic rejection.
Many take on ridesharing while in school or to generate some income while searching for a job.
Leaving out a position could leave you with an employment gap which is why many are tempted to include Uber or Lyft on their resumes. There are other ways to work around your employment gaps.
You would include ridesharing on your resume in these situations:
You can include Lyft or Uber on your resume if you’re targeting a similar position like a chauffeur, bus driver, truck driver and so on.
You can also include this experience if you’re applying to work in a corporate office for ride sharing or other gig-economy work. Having a company name or a competitor’s name shows that you have insight into the industry in this case.
If you’re applying for a job in which you need to have customer services skills, and the only time you’ve ever talked to someone who paid you was through your ridesharing experience, then you might include this on your resume.
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You would include ridesharing like any other position.
Uber Driver | New York City
Including ridesharing services on your resume is not always a mistake, but is unlikely to help you land a traditional, full-time office job.
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