A resume is a document that lists your education, qualifications, experience, and career goals. Submitting a resume with your job applications gives potential employers a chance to get to know you and your skill set as an individual. Check out these tips for writing a unique and engaging resume for your next truck driving job.
List Previous Work Experience
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all applicants for truck driving jobs to list their previous employment over the past decade. As long as this information will be required as part of your application, it can also be used to fill out your resume as well. Even if you have no previous experience as a trucker, your employer will want to see what other skills and experience you possess. Sometimes it is these previous skills and experiences that can make you stand out among other trucking applicants. If nothing else, your previous work experience will show that you have already developed many valuable workplace skills that can also be applied to the trucking industry.
Although a resume should be brief, it’s still important to include as much detail as possible, especially when listing previous trucking experience. Include information such as the class of your CDL license, the type of trucking equipment you used, and the average number of miles driven and hours worked. If you have received any special training, make sure to highlight this information on your resume as well. Awards—no matter how large or small—should also be included. Every detail that makes you a unique and valuable trucker will show your future employer the value of hiring you for the job.
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we offer more than just CDL training. We’ll also help you develop your resume and find the perfect job with our Lifetime Job Placement Assistance, available to all our graduates. Check us out on the Web or give us a call at (877) 205-5372 to find out more!