Happy Wednesday everyone!
Today I was chatting with some full time driver friends, and the topic of looking for a different full time job (to switch to part time driver) came up. The debate was about whether you should put that you are an Uber driver on your resume, and I was shocked to hear the majority said they do not. The reason? They think they are discriminated against because hiring managers look poorly on Uber/Lyft drivers. Their feeling was a gap in employment was less detrimental than the stigma of being an Uber driver.
Hearing it from their side, I can see where they are coming from. They said managers think being a rideshare driver means you are lazy, unmotivated or that is the only job you can get. We all know differently, so how can we show that misconception is not true? I think there is so much experience you get from being a rideshare driver, that you are selling yourself short by not mentioning it.
So what should you do?
Do not mention Uber or Lyft by name. Instead give yourself a kick ass title. Remember, you are the owner of your rideshare business, and you get to make up whatever title you want. “Owner - <Your name> Professional Services” or “Freelance Professional Driver” or use what Uber call us “Independent Contractor”. All will reduce any preconceived opinion of you as an Uber\Lyft driver.
More important than the title, is the description of what you did. Being a rideshare driver gives you experience in customer service, customer escalations, conflict resolution, your business finances, car maintenance and repair, acting and and face to face interactions. Depending on the job you are applying for, you might want to focus on one or more of these.
Great, so you landed the interview and the hiring manager asks you flat out “what does this mean, are you an Uber driver?” Do not hesitate to say yes. Now you can explain why driving for Uber was the right thing for you, how you manage your schedule, finances, and customers. This is the time to tote your rating, feedback and number of rides.
Have some stories ready to share that point back to what you put on your resume. WARNING: As much as you want the stories to show your positives, they can easily expose your weaknesses. Your stories shouldn’t shame your customers, badmouth Uber/Lyft, complain about the job or anything that will come across as drama. That is an immediate red flag for hiring managers. Instead they should be positive stories about how you wow’d a customer, how you went above and beyond, and how to resolve a conflict.
So, do you put your rideshare job on your resume?
Good luck and happy hunting!