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4 Truck Driver Resume Examples That Worked In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: March 11, 2021

As a truck driver you’re the backbone of the global supply chain. Without your essential services, we couldn’t have grocery stores, medical supplies, or even sanitary water. 

With so much responsibility, you shouldn’t have to worry about formatting a perfect resume. 

That’s where we come in.

We’ve scrutinized thousands of resumes from truck drivers and talked to more than a hundred hiring managers to find what works (and what doesn’t) for truck driving resumes in 2021. 

We generated four resume samples based on what we discovered to help truck drivers build successful resumes at any stage in their career. 

We’ll also share key analysis and tips for crafting to ensure your resume stands out in 2021.

Truck Driver Resume

Truck Driver resume example

Why this resume works

  • As a truck driver, you will best showcase your value by quantifying it. 
    • These numbers slow down hiring managers, driving up the time they'll spend on your truck driver resume.
    • If a manager takes a few extra seconds to review this resume, they'd realize they'd be a fool not to hire this person. Quantified self-evaluation demonstrates your value better than any words can, even if those numbers are a rough estimate. 
    • If you set a timer for six seconds and glance at this resume, what do you notice? The numbers. When a hiring manager looks over hundreds of trucker resumes (on average they'll look at over 150 resumes for a single job posting), they only spend six seconds per resume. 
  • This resume includes a career objective. Not all truck driver resumes require a career objective, and we only recommend them if you specialize your objective for every job you apply to. 
    • Mentioning specific job responsibilities and titles from the truck driver job application will demonstrate your genuine interest and qualification for the job.

Long Haul Truck Driver Resume

Long Haul Truck Driver resume example

Why this resume works

  • Truck drivers need to be excellent drivers, but equally important are their communication, time management, and organizational skills. Make sure your resume skills are specific to long haul truckers. 
    • If your resume skills don't match the job, your long haul truck driver resume likely won’t ever be seen by a person. That’s because an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) will first scan your truck driver resume to see if it’s worth a human’s time based on your listed skills. 
    • When your resume does reach a person, carefully listed skill sets will help the hiring manager quickly recognize your value.
  • When you have several truck driving experiences, make sure to list them in reverse chronological order, meaning that your most recent experience is listed at the top of your resume. This way, you highlight growth and development over the course of your career, while ensuring that a hiring manager sees your most pertinent information quickly. 
  • There's a lot of information here, but utilizing numbers reduces the word count and keeps this long haul truck driver resume from becoming cluttered. You should aim for 3-6 bullet points per experience, quantifying them whenever possible. 

    Entry Level Truck Driver Resume

    Entry Level Truck Driver resume example

    Why this resume works

    • When you're just starting out in your truck driving career and are light on experience, feel free to include less relevant work experiences, internships, classes, or volunteer experiences that demonstrate the necessary skills for the job. 
      • As an entry level truck driver, communication is a core skill. This person highlights their communication capabilities and experiences through their experience as a server. You can include classwork or projects where your leadership skills shine through. Other relevant skills you can highlight are patience, time management, or organization. 
    • Try to fill the whole page, using margin spacing, font, and font size to fill it without using unnecessary filler words. You still want your entry level truck driver resume packed with only important information. 
    • When you're new to a job, confidence goes a long way. Don't underestimate your capabilities or be bashful about your accomplishments. Use action words, avoid passive voice, and use numbers where you can.
      • Try a resume checker to see if your resume avoids these common mistakes.

    Local Truck Driver Resume

    Local Truck Driver resume example

    Why this resume works

    • When you have a few years of experience as a local truck driver you need to demonstrate that you're capable of handling all aspects of the job. Most truck driving job descriptions emphasize safety, reliability, organization, customer and co-worker communication, and patience as key.
      • This means you should demonstrate command over all of these areas. Giving rough estimates with quantifiable metrics makes it easier for you to prove your value and stand out from the competition. 
    • Make sure that the title of your local truck driver resume ("Local Truck Driver" in this example) matches exactly the job title listed for the role you're applying to. This signals to the hiring manager you're qualified right out of the gate.
    • Many truck driving positions require a certain number of years to pass after preventable accidents for new hires. If you have a clean drivers license history with no infractions, or have never been involved in a preventable accident, make sure to mention it on your resume. 
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