The last thing they’ll teach you in CDL schools is how to write a resume that will showcase your talents while putting a spotlight on you that will outshine the competition. Don’t sell yourself short! Give yourself that competitive edge you deserve by learning to craft the perfect trucking resume. You might not think you need one, but you never know when it just might help you quickly land your dream driving job down the road in the life.
First thing’s first, you want to remember to include some vital information. The major traits you want to capitalize on are which kind of certified license you have, your positive safety record, and your healthy physical exam results. These parts are extremely important to an employer seeking a qualified driver.
What is a career objective? A career object is a sentence that essentially lets the hiring manager know why you are the best fit for the particular job or company. You can write something like “Dry Haul Driver with over 4 years experience with zero accidents. Possesses a Class A License.” See, it’s easy and gets the basic point across. Truth is, no one is going to want to read a novel. So keeping it short and directly to the point is best.
You want to list your previous truck driving jobs listed in order starting with most recent or current employment and going back backwards. Here’s an example of how you want to write your experience:
Notice that training employees, main tasks, and wide-variety of tasks are included? That’s because employers like employees that are able to carry out a wide range of skills so that you require less time-consuming training and are less likely to make mistakes on the job. Additionally, being able to train others is something that a hiring manager will love to catch on your resume. Being able to teach others means that not only are you very skilled in your role, but you’re trusted enough to train others, can work with colleagues well, and can save the company a lot of extra time.
Also, take notice that each different part is written in bullet points as opposed to lengthy paragraphs (ain’t nobody got time for that!) Keep it short and sweet.
Adding Additional Skills or Strengths
There’s a lot more skills in the transportation industry needed besides just being able to steer a big rig. Believe it or not, showcasing math skills is a huge asset for your career because keeping your log book in good working order is super important. Another skill that will put you ahead of the pack is anything that has to do with being able to perform vehicular repairs. Anything like being able to change a tire, oil, or conduct any other mechanical task can potentially save the company a lot of missed time. Finally, it’s also surprisingly beneficial to allow potential employers that you are able to lift as well as successfully perform other physical activities. These are all things that can be included in an “Additional Skills” section.
Don’t Forget that Licensure!
Including education and your license information is something that you absolutely can’t forget on your resume.
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