As a truck driver, you're an individual who operates a truck, delivering goods to multiple destinations, throughout the country. It's important to keep those two main objectives in mind, when developing a truck driving resume to apply for trucking positions. At the bare minimum, as a truck driver, you will:
• Drive a truck
• Travel and deliver goods all over the country
Employment Objective Statement
With the key responsibilities of a truck driver in mind, the first place to start is to develop a strong objective statement for the prospective employer. This is your employment objective. Make sure your objective does the following:
a. Expresses a desire to work for the company.
b. Notes what position you're applying for.
c. Offers any area of expertise, which will allow you to perform the duties being asked of you.
d. Reiterate what your main objective working for the company will be.
See below for an example of a good employment objective:
(a) To obtain employment at Sunrise Trucking where I can utilize my knowledge of tractor trailer deliveries, in a safe and efficient manner, providing exemplary delivery services.
Now that you have developed your employment objective, it's time to think about the qualifications you have, which you can bring to the job.
Examples of Qualifications
• Five years' experience driving hazardous materials
• Valid CDL Driver's License
• Clean driving record
After offering your qualifications, providing information on tasks, which you are well versed and proficient in, is always a good idea. These are your core competencies.
Examples of Core Competencies
• Routes familiarity
• Client relations
• GPS and navigation
• Vehicle maintenance
While not necessarily required, if you have earned any special recognition, in previous employment, by all means share it with your prospective employers. These are noted as special achievements. Examples could include an award for having a safe driving record; or a certificate for timely deliveries, etc. If it makes you look good and marketable, include it on your resume.
Within this section of the resume, create a list of work experiences relevant to what you are applying for. Therefore, do not list that you have worked at Kroger as a cashier, if you're applying to haul a big rig. Also, keep your list in chronological order (utilizing months and years), with your most recent related experience at the top. See below for example.
2010 – 2012: Long Haul (OTR) – Rapid Fleet Trucking
2009 – 2010: Reefer – Fly By Night Goods Trucking
2008 – 2009: LTL – Family Trucking Inc.
Note: Notice how Kroger is not included in my job history. Unless it's the only job you've had, stick to experiences, which are relevant to the job you're applying for.
Obviously, this section lists your educational background beginning with your most recent degree, etc. and working backward to your high school graduation or its equivalent. Make sure to also include any special trucking certificates or endorsements you may have earned, if the past. This section should also be in chronological order, starting with your most recent education.
Example of Education
• 2013 Slowmo Truck Driving School
• 2008 – 2012 Ohio State University: Bachelor's Degree in Humanities
• 2004 – 2008 Buckeye High School
Additional Strengths and Skills
For this section, you want share any skills or strengths that may not have come across in the previous sections of the resume. This is your closer; it's at the end of the resume. Therefore, what you write in this section could leave a lasting impression on your prospective employers.
Examples of additional strengths and skills
• Ability to be a team player
• Strong communications skills
• Good physical condition
An often forgotten piece of the job application process is the cover letter. The cover letter is imperative, because it is your initial opportunity to engross an employer. In essence, it is a component to persuade the employer to actually look at your resume. It's like a topic sentence in a paragraph. The job of a topic sentence is to "hook" your reader to want to look at the rest of your writing. Well, the cover letter is the same concept. It's there to "hook" the prospective employer into looking at your resume.
With the enhancements in technology, most trucking companies accept resumes and offer their applications online. If you're seeking employment within the trucking industry, it is a good idea to save your resume and cover letter in an online friendly format: .doc, .pdf, etc. By having your documents in the proper file format, you can be assured that prospective employers will be able to open and read your documents without any issues.
In the end, your resume's primary objective is to shine a light on your strengths as an individual and as a prospective truck driver. There are many sites which offer professional templates to write your resume. There are also services where, if you provide the information, they will write the resume for you. No matter how you approach your resume, be clear, concise, and literate in how you present yourself. That way, your resume won't just be part of the pile on the floor; it will be at the top of pile on the desk.