Truckers: What Should Be on Your Resume?

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With the current shortage of drivers in the trucking industry, you may be thinking that you can merely snap your fingers and you’ve got yourself a gig.  Perhaps. But is the job you really want? Does it have the hours you want? Does it have the pay you want?

The truth is, it may not be that difficult to land a job as a trucker right now but these are typically the lower-paying jobs that few really want.  The jobs that have high pay and good benefits are still highly competitive and if you want one of those jobs, it’ll take some work that includes a good resume.

A hiring manager could post a job and receive 2 applicants or 200.  You don’t know. Assume there are 200, and ask yourself this question:  

Will my resume rise to the top of the pile?   

Style

They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover and while this is true, it’s often the cover that catches our eye and prompts us to pick up the book and read the back to see what it’s about.  This is what the style of your resume is for. A plain black and white list of your accomplishments, no matter how outstanding you may think they are, will be lost in a sea of other plain, black and white lists of accomplishments.  

Use color but very little and don’t use anything too bright.  Dark blue, hunter green, or grey can add a professional look but should be used sparingly, such as a line separating your identifying information from the rest of the resume or an outside border.  It’s important not to distract from the information on the resume. Color should only be used on paper resumes, however. When applying on online sites such as TruckerSearch, resumes should be black and white only.  A color that you choose on your computer may not look the same at the other end for the hiring manager so it’s best to not risk it looking bad.

Use legible fonts.  Again, if you’re using unusual fonts, the hiring manager may not receive them the same way so you should stick with popular fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Verdana.  Keep the size at 12 points but you can make headings 14 so they stand out a little or make them bold, italicized, or capitals.

Make sure there is some white space.  If everything is crammed together, it will be difficult to read.  At the same time, double-spacing will make it seem empty and resumes should be kept to one page, if possible.  

Opening

After your contact information, include a brief 2 or 3 sentence summary of who you are and what you can do for the business at which you’re applying.  These sentences shouldn’t be too detailed, simply a couple of your main selling points.

Example:  

Truck driver with over 15 years of experience making on-time deliveries operating reefers.  Proficient in light truck repairs and maintenance and possesses CDL as well as HAZMAT certification.  

Of course, all of these things should be highlighted within the body of the resume as well but the short opening paragraph should entice the hiring manager to read further.  

Body

Here’s where you put the meat of your experience and qualifications.  List your experience in reverse-chronological order as your latest experience is usually the most relevant.  Read the description of the job you’re applying for and make sure that any of those experiences or qualifications that you possess are emphasized in the resume.  You want them to know that you’re the applicant they’ve been looking for.

Be specific as much as possible; don’t speak in generalities.  A hiring manager wants to know what you can specifically do, not what you can generally do.  Highlight your strengths.  Ask yourself how you will benefit the company.  It’s not just about your experience and qualifications (although be sure to include all of those!), it’s also about what they can expect from you.  On time. Safe driving record. Ability to lift cargo. Good customer service skills. Math skills. Have you trained anyone? What types of vehicles can you drive?  They need to know you’re everything they’re looking for and more.

After your experience and qualifications, include an “activities” or “interest” section.  You may wonder why this would have anything to do with a job driving a truck but it does. If you do any kind of sports or weightlifting or running, it will show them that you’re fit.  Long hours spent in a truck can cause health issues and they want someone who isn’t going to be out sick all of the time. If you’ve done a martial art in the past, include that. It shows that you are disciplined.  Include any volunteer work you do. It shows you care about your community. Be selective, however. The activities section should be brief.

Action Words

Some of the action words that you should include on your resume if they apply are:

Reliable Repair Unload Freight
Dependable On-time Clean Driving Record
Clean Pick up HAZMAT-certified
Conduct Lift Security
Deliver Operate Checklist
Load Perform Delivery Schedules
Maintain CDLA Operator
Transport Record-keeping Customer Service
Verify Safety Vehicle Maintenance


Your resume should be an overview of who you are and what you bring to the table.  It should be thorough yet to the point.

At TruckerSearch, we know there are many great truck drivers out there looking for great jobs.  We make it easy to post a resume for top companies to see. Or search our database for jobs and email them your resume directly.  It couldn’t be easier. So polish up that resume and go to TruckerSearch today!

Invest in inspections to save money, hassle later

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The talk around roadside inspections by law enforcement always seems to be about the nitpicky violations owner-operators receive. And, of course, so many believe they should just be able to get the “fix-it warning,” correct the problem and go on down the road.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

OOIDA Thanks Senators For Supporting Hours-Of-Service Reform

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association released a statement thanking the 30 U.S. Senators that recently signed a letter asking the federal government to reform the hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Trailer makers respond to changing needs

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Trailer manufacturers are responding to e-commerce-fueled changes to the supply chain by expanding their oper­ations and ramping up customization.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Dates set for CVSA’s annual driver-focused enforcement blitz

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Operation Safe Driver Week, an annual enforcement spree put on by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is set this year for July 15-21.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

New Rhode Island law bans using cell phones while driving

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new Rhode Island law bans drivers from using hand-held wireless communication devices, like cell phones, while driving. The use of headphones or accessories that cover both ears is also not allowed under the new law, which goes into effect June 1.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Arkansas troopers bust two truckers with more than 200 pounds of pot each at the same weigh station in a week

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Arkansas Highway Police working at the Alma Weigh Station have recovered over 570 pounds of marijuana during two separate commercial vehicle inspections this week.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Number of women in trucking rising

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PLOVER, Wisc. – The number of women employed in the trucking industry is rising.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Trucking: BUSINESS DECISION: CHOOSING THE SOUTHERN ROUTE

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On a recent load from Henderson, NC to Stockton, CA I was faced with many options on the routing.   My Rand McNally wanted to take me on the northern route across – working my way up to I-70 and I-80.  As I always do, I check the weather in various parts of the country.  I’m glad I did as there were forecasts for April blizzards!  Here’s just one of thousands of articles found about the April snow and traffic snarls it created.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!

Trucking: Colorado becomes the latest state to require human trafficking training for CDL holders

A new law in Colorado will require truck drivers to educate themselves on how to detect and prevent human trafficking.  Read more here.

Do you have a CDL license?  Are you a trucker looking for a driving job?  We have hundreds of companies looking for professional drivers to fill their driving job vacancies.  Visit our site and fill out our online truck driver resume and let these companies contact you.  It’s free!