Maybe you recently passed CDL training and are looking for your first driving job. Perhaps you’ve been a trucker for a while now and are either looking to move on from your current company or have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever the case, it’s now time to click the “Submit Resume” button (or drop the letter in the postbox) and hope you get called for an interview.
With unemployment pushing competition for jobs to an all time high, you’ll want to write the perfect truck driver resume to help increase your chances of landing a job in transportation. A resume is your only chance to make a good first impression, and is an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the potential employer, helping them understand why they should hire you instead of anyone else. With a poor resume you’ll struggle to attract interest, and if you do land a job, it may be due to the company having few applicants — which could indicate that they’re not a fleet other drivers want to work for, whether due to organizational culture or poor pay.
Make sure you get a solid job, with compensation that’s competitive for the salary range in your state, by crafting a great resume. Here are our tips for creating your truck driver resume:
Wrap Everything Up Within One Page
Employers may be reviewing stacks upon stacks of resumes. Don’t make it harder for your resume to stand out by turning it into a lengthy reading assignment for the hiring manager. A single page is enough to include everything important to land you the job.
Use Proper Margins, Indent, and Font
Clean margins, indents, and fonts can demonstrate that you are a professional who pays attention to detail. Font, especially, can communicate your personality, so don’t come off as immature by using Comic Sans, but instead show you are a serious candidate with a font such as Baskerville Old Face, Verdana, or Cambria.
Have a Good Resume Structure
Each trucker resume must have the following 6 parts:
- Certifications and Training
- Employment History
- Education History
The Resume Heading
This part is pretty straight-forward. Include your name, formal title (e.g. OTR Truck Driver), address, and contact details, including your phone number and email address.
The Resume’s Objective (Also Called Summary)
This is perhaps the most important part, as it requires you to summarize everything included in the resume in a couple of short sentences — hopefully convincing the hiring manager to read the rest of the resume. Remember, you have to make it as easy as possible for the person reading it to quickly and accurately get to know you and make their decision.
Certifications and Training
In this part, include every certification and training you have that is related to the job position. Some examples include CDL license, hazmat training, heavy truck driving training, etc.
In this part, use the reverse-chronological order (i.e. start with your most recent job position, and then go backward). Highlight your title in each position, and include your key responsibilities and accomplishments during your time at that position. Here is an example:
CDL-A OTR Truck Driver, ACME Carriers, 2016 – 2020
- Drove 4000 miles weekly on average;
- 90% success rate for deadlines met;
- Was given commendations at 3 separate occasions for safe driving;
- Was clean on 100% of the performed drug tests;
- Kept a 100% clean record at all times;
- Accepted additional hauls at 10 separate occasions;
- My log was filled in accurately and in timely fashion 100% of the time;
- Had a 99% client satisfaction rate for undamaged goods and timely deliveries.
In this section, add all your education history, like high school or GED equivalent, associates or other college degrees, membership programs, and volunteering history.
Your resume will not be complete without your job-specific skills, so include them in this part, separating them into “hard skills” and “soft skills.” Under hard skills, include any hands-on skills you have related to the job, like hazmat driving, OTR driving, flatbed tarping, or vehicle inspections. Under soft skills, include any interpersonal skills you have, such as loyalty, punctuality, decision making, and being strong under pressure.
Conclusion: In these difficult times, it can be hard to land a job, as both fleets and drivers are struggling to adapt to new realities in the industry and in our world. However, this further cements the fact that your resume must stand out from the rest when applying for a truck driving job. We hope this guide will help you to shine and impress, and get that dream job you’re looking for!
Mile Davchevski works for TruckerJobUSA.com.