Get a Valet Parking Job

How many times have you forgotten where you had parked your car? Valet attendants are modern-day heroes, especially as cities become more and more crowded. Become a valet to prevent traffic, allow customers to get to their destinations much more quickly, and earn tips for all of your hard work.


Securing Proper Documentation

  1. Obtain a valid driver’s license. If you don’t yet have one, or if yours is currently expired, you’ll need to go to the DMV in your state of residence. Go online and download the applicable forms to obtain a driver’s license.[1]
    • If this will be your first license, you may be required to enroll in a Driver's Ed program, depending on your state.[2] Then, you will need to take a driving test through the DMV. If you pass this test, you will earn your driver's license.
    • Make an appointment beforehand to avoid a long wait at the DMV. If you are unable to schedule an appointment, your best bet is to arrive there as early as possible to get the proper forms filled out.
  2. Get proper insurance. Apply for insurance that will cover you while you’re driving someone else’s car. While most agencies will provide their own insurance, getting your own offers extra protection.[3]
    • Having your own insurance also offers peace of mind for potential employers. You will stand out from other applicants with your own insurance.
  3. Get driving experience. Valet drivers are typically required to have at least two years of driving experience. If you first work as a delivery driver or bus driver, for example, you will have a better chance of being hired by a valet company.
    • Carefully follow all of the rules of the road. If you have a poor driving record, this will hinder your chances of getting hired as a valet driver.
  4. Check your driving record. Order your driving record online, or visit your local department of motor vehicles.[4] Another way to check your record is to call your insurance company. Insurance agents can look up your motor vehicle report and may be able to provide you with a copy.[5]
    • You may be able to get your driving record online from a third-party provider, but double-check that the business is legitimate. It will most likely be cheaper to go through your DMV, but if you cannot wait, then this option might work best for you.

Standing Out from Other Applicants

  1. Learn how to drive vehicles with stick shifts. Learning to drive manual transmission vehicles or MTVs is key if you only know how to drive automatic vehicles. You will be a more successful valet if you know how to drive all types of cars.[6]
    • You’re not likely to be hired by any valet agency if you don’t know how to drive a manual vehicle. Learning how to drive as many vehicles as possible is essential to diversifying your skill set.
  2. Practice parking in tight spaces. If you work for a business that typically gets crowded, this skill is a must. Learn how to park as effectively and quickly as possible, since valets have to park cars in a short amount of time in order to keep the traffic moving.[7]
    • Knowing how to parallel park is also a skill that employers look for in valets. Practice this skill until you have mastered it.[8] Also take some time to grow comfortable driving and parking in parking garages, so that you are prepared for anything.
  3. Master driving in poor weather conditions. Practice driving in the rain and snow in order to excel as a valet driver.[9] People will value your job the most in these difficult driving conditions, so it is important to prepare for the worst.
    • Drive slowly in bad weather. Braking can take longer than usual, so you should put extra space between yourself and the car in front of you.
    • Use your headlights to light the way. Your windshield wipers should be on so that your line of vision remains clear. Keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Landing a Job

  1. Search for valet jobs. Look online and in the wanted sections of newspapers for available valet positions, once you feel prepared. If you have a specific business in mind, a bold move can be to personally bring your resume to the boss, and introduce yourself.
    • If going to an actual place of business, be sure to dress professionally. Ask about their application process and see if they have any open positions. Leave them with your contact information, or your business card, so that they can contact you if a job becomes available.
  2. Fill out an application. Once you find the job of your dreams, you will need to provide personal information so that the employer can decide whether or not you are a right fit for the role. You may be required to fill out details about your past employment, your driving record, and your criminal record. Be prepared to give names and contact details of individuals who can speak on your behalf as references as well.
  3. Write a cover letter. Your cover letter, along with your resume, is a chance to introduce yourself to future employers. It should be a one-page write-up that highlights the skills you have that make you the perfect candidate for the valet job.[10]
    • Along with your qualifications for the position, your cover letter should discuss what it is that excites you about working for a particular employer. Be sure to customize each cover letter and proofread.
    • Include contact information on your cover letter so that the interviewer can easily get in touch with you.
  4. Prepare for an interview. Wear clothes that are comfortable and conservative. A suit or pantsuit and dress shoes show the employer that you are professional.[11] Valet attendants are customer-facing, and agencies will want to hire someone who will make their company look good.
    • Get ready to answer questions about why you are interested in becoming a valet driver. If you have had a good experience with valet parking in the past, practice telling that story so that you can deliver it smoothly during the interview.
    • Bring all of the necessary documents to your interview. You will need to bring your driver's license and proof of insurance. You should bring your resume and cover letter to your interview as well. Bring a pen and a notebook to show your organization and professionalism. You never know when you might need to take notes!
  5. Show enthusiasm. Emphasizing your interest in working for a specific company gives the employer assurance that you would make a good hire. Stress that you would want to stay with the company for a long time. Be sure to let the employer know why you’d be the perfect candidate for the job. An optimistic and energetic attitude can go a long way.
    • Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake to exhibit confidence. Eye contact is also important to convey that you are present and attentive.[12]
    • Thank your interviewer at the end of the interview. They took the time to meet with you, so you want to make them feel appreciated.
  6. Follow up. After your interview, send a thank you card to show your gratitude. This will make a memorable first impression. Reach out with a letter or a friendly email, and ask if there is anything more you can do in order to help them come to a decision.[13]

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