You’re a truck driver looking for a new job. You’re reading this article on your smartphone while you’re at a truck stop. As you search through job listings, you see something about a resume.
As a truck driver, do you really even need a resume? The answer, of course, is no. In most cases you don’t need a resume to get a new job as a truck driver.
But having a resume can show future employers that you are a professional who is serious about your job. In today’s competitive job market, that could be just the thing to put you at the head of the pack.
Paramount Freight Systems is a premier owner-operator trucking companies in America. We’ve been named to the Top 20 Best Fleets To Drive For six consecutive years. We’re always looking for professional truck drivers who are ready to make the move from company driver to owner-operator.
Every week we see plenty of applications and some resumes from prospective drivers. If you want to impress your prospective employer and get ahead of your competition, consider submitting a resume with your application. Here’s what you’ll want to include in your resume:
Show You’re a Professional
When you include a resume with your application, this indicates that you’re a serious applicant who deserves an interview. This also helps to show that you expect to be treated like the professional driver that you are.
Show Your Credentials
We expect all of our job prospects to have a Class A CDL, along with HazMat and Doubles endorsements. Include those along with any other specific licenses or training that you’ve received on your resume. Don’t make us ask for things we need. Show us up front.
Share Your Excellent Work History
On your resume you get to describe all of the duties and responsibilities of your past jobs. This allows you to highlight certain aspects of previous jobs that you think will really help you get the job you are seeking.
Tell About The Real You
Do you have any hobbies? What kind of volunteer work do you do? Are you a member of any civic organizations? When you include these on your resume, you’re showing a prospective employer a bigger picture of yourself and what you’re passionate about.
Boast About Your Awards
How much did you earn last year in safety bonuses from your previous company? Did you win any maintenance awards? Did you make suggestions that were later implemented by your employers? Did you help save your company money? A resume helps you show off these awards.
Set Yourself Apart
Having a resume helps to separate you from other applicants since it is not typically required for most truck driving jobs. This can help push your resume and you to the top of the line. And isn’t that what everyone wants?
What do you think about these resume tips for owner-operators? Comment below. And if you’re interested in taking charge of your career and becoming an owner operator, contact us today.