Truck Driver

Truck Driver Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 156,209 Truck Driver resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing A Truck Driver Job:

1.
Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
2.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Delivery Instructions, be sure to list it as a skill.
3.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
4.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Truck Driver Resume

1
Contact Information
Name
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Address
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
2
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Truck Driver CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
3
Skills

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand truck driver skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a truck driver : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Truck Driver
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
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Experience
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1

Driver Sales

  • LICENSE CDL Class A License with HazMat Endorsement and T-Endorsement
  • Operate trucks requiring an appropriate CDL license delivering product to customers on assigned routes.
  • Stock and pack out shelves and displays in Pepsi store across nj.
  • Deliver and sell Schwan's food to homes and businesses, acquire new accounts by direct sales and marketing
  • Delivered Pepsi products to stores around the City of Springfield, Missouri, and surrounding cities as far as 50-60 miles.

Example # 2

Hauler

  • Experienced CDL driver with Hazmat/Tanker/Doubles/Triples endorsement.
  • Maintained current Class B CDL with Hazardous Materials.
  • Perform pre/post trip inspection on tractor/trailer * Check reefer temperature * Operate on board People-Net computer * Communicate with customers
  • Required to deliver products OTR State wide.
  • Recorded driving activities on paper logs and electronically using Qualcomm.

Example # 3

Truck Driver Class A

  • Delivered OTR freight in the continental United States
  • Utilize Qualcomm for load information and to stay in contact with dispatch.
  • Operate a tractor trailer OTR trhu center and west coast of the country.
  • Maintain a CDL class A license and up to date CDL medical card.
  • Maintain compliance with all FMCSA regulations.

Example # 4

Equipment Driver

  • Drive truck and trailer, Northeast Region OTR
  • Dry Van Trailer 53`...OTR/Local.
  • Experienced in map reading; including Mapsco, Map Quest, Google Maps and GPS.
  • Handled all aspects of load planning, customer liaison, billing, mapping, navigation, hazmat checks, etc.
  • Maintain all required certifications required by DOT and company safety programs.

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We compared 156,209 sample truck driver resumes with job offers and found that the average years of experience required for a truck driver job required by employers is 0.1 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average truck driver job listing asks for 0.1 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average truck driver candidate have?
The average truck driver resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your truck driver skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from truck driver resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
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Education
As a truck driver, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Truck Driver roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of truck driver resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Truck Driver Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Truck Drivers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Truck Drivers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
$47,000
$27,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%