Ridesharing has become increasingly popular 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 an Uber driver look good on your resume? We’ll discuss if and 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 only 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 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. An average of 75% of resumes are rejected at this stage.
Including irrelevant information like ridesharing could confuse the ATS which could mean automatic rejection.
Many take on ridesharing while in school or to generate some income while searching for a job. (After being laid off or leaving 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 resume. There are other ways to work around your employment gaps.
We wrote a good post here on dealing with employment gaps on a resume.
There are a few different resume formats you can use and the Functional format is a good option for those with employment gaps.
Rather than focusing on your employment history, the functional resume format emphasizes your actual marketable skills. Its entire objective is to showcase the abilities that you have that would make you a great candidate for the job you’re seeking. It de-emphasizes work experience, choosing actual skills over prior jobs.
We wrote a good post here on how to write a functional resume with examples.
You can focus on projects, professional development or other work experience you had to cover up this gap. Did you do any freelance work that’s relevant to the position? Did you work any projects for school? Then these can be added in, instead of your ridesharing experience.
If the gap was less than two years – don’t worry about trying to cover it up. Hiring managers understand that the workplace is different today with people changing jobs today more often than any time in history. An employment gap used to be the worst thing for your job search but times have changed.
Focus on the skills and experience that shows you’re a perfect match for the position you’re targeting.
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 etc.
If the position doesn’t require specialized skills, experience or education – then you can include ridesharing.
You would include ridesharing like any other position.
Uber Driver | New York City