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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.

Should You Add Uber or Lyft on a Resume?

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.

The same can be said for freelance work, volunter work, and hobbies or interests. The key is to keep your resume highly relevent to your career goals.

Most people should not add Uber or Lyft to a resume

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.

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What About Employment Gaps?

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.

There are better ways to address employment gaps on a resume, such as switching to a functional resume format or focusing on other experiences.

When to Include Ridesharing on Your Resume

You would include ridesharing on your resume in these situations:

1. It’s relevant to the position you’re targeting

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.

2. You can use your experience to integrate relevant keywords

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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How to Include Uber or Lyft on a Resume (Examples)

You would include ridesharing like any other position.

Example:

Uber Driver | New York City 

  • Ensured that customers arrived safely at their destination. 
  • Focused on customer service and ensured riders had a pleasant trip with resulted in a 4.8 rating.
  • Completed over 3,ooo successful rides.
  • Created Excel spreadsheet to track mileage, maintenance and other expenses. 

Summary

Including ridesharing services on your resume is not always a mistake, but is unlikely to help you land a traditional, full-time office job.

To read what our career experts say about other questions from today’s job seekers, head over to Quora.

2 Comments

  1. John Gravelle says:

    Ive worked for Uber full time for 2,1/2 years. It provide some ingome and necassary income while assisting with caring for a terminal brother and my terminal Mother. If I dont include it, it will show too large of a job gap. I spoke with a human resource manager , whom I was driving to the airport last week. She told me to include it in my resume because it shows you didnt get lazy and were persistant. I ususlly work in sales and interiors. I have some education but no degree. Im self taught and have has my own design business twice.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks John! I had been wrestling over this decision, I’ll be pretty good on my resume I feel the same. It’s an honest job and it requires a large amount of focus and customer service skills. 👍

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