Truck Driver Resume Sample [Guide]

Looking for a truck driving job? Use our truck driver resume sample to get inspiration for your own truck driver resume.
9/1/2020 7 min reading time Karin Lykke Nielsen @KarinLykke
Truck Driver Resume Sample [Guide]

Skilled truck drivers are in high demand. The following guide will help you write a truck driver resume that highlights your experience and qualifications. 

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Truck driver resume (text format you can copy)

Patricia Peterson

Heavy Truck Driver with 6+ years of experience

143 West Maiden St. 

19426 Collegeville, PA

patricia@email.com

Profile

CDL-licensed heavy truck driver with more than 6 years of experience. Adept at navigation even in difficult areas. Spotless driving record, safety oriented, good people skills. Highly committed to timely and efficient deliveries. Extensive knowledge of DOT regulations.

Truck driving experience

Heavy Truck Driver, Arrive Safely Pennsylvania

January 2018 - September 2020

  • Deliver freight from warehouse to customers in accordance with company procedures, safety protocols, DOT regulations, and traffic laws
  • Track deliveries and maintain log of vehicle issues, cargo records, delivery issues, and billing statements
  • Communicate schedules and logistics with communications and the head office
  • Navigate routes using GPS to find the most efficient route
  • Use equipment to lift heavy cargo for transport and delivery

Truck Driver, UPS

March 2014 - December 2017

  • Checked cargo and related documentation for completeness and accuracy prior to transport
  • Efficiently loaded and prepared cargo for transport
  • Followed road safety precautions and traffic laws on all trips
  • Maintained vehicle log
  • Worked with customers to ensure smooth and satisfactory deliveries, and provide good service

Licenses/certifications

  • Class A CDL license (Pennsylvania)
  • HAZMAT certification
  • Completion of A1 Tractor Trailer Training Academy (Pittsburg, PA)

Education

  • High School Diploma - Perkiomen Valley High School, Collegeville

Professional skills

  • Time management
  • Clear communication (written and verbal)
  • Problem solving
  • Customer service
  • Flexible
  • Good navigation skills

Languages

English 

Native 

German

Proficient

Facts about this truck driver resume sample

  • Patricia has used our Traditional resume template to create her truck driver resume
  • She uses a reverse-chronological format to highlight her relevant experiences

Patricia succeeds in showing her potential new employer that she has more than 6 years of relevant truck driver experience. She makes sure to highlight this by customizing the headline from Employment history to Truck driving experience

One thing you’ll probably notice is she has downplayed her education section by placing it in the bottom half of her resume. Instead she has added a custom section right after her experience section and named it Licenses/certifications

The reason for this is that while education is important, for a truck driver it’s more important to show the relevant licenses and certifications. Patricia knows this so she makes sure to have it close to her relevant professional experience. 

Tips for writing your own truck driver resume

When you’re looking for your next gig as a truck driver it’s important to approach your job search in a professional manner. That means creating a professional looking resume and a lot of power words. In the truck driver resume example we have used a female truck driver but the resume sample can of course be used by both men and women alike. 

Tip #1 for your truck driver resume - highlights

Take extra care to make sure you highlight your licenses and driving records. These elements are very important and should be placed in the top third of your resume. Ideally, you can add them to your summary (profile) where you’re sure they’ll be noticed. 

Remember, recruiters will be looking for these specific words so make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to stand out. 

Tip #2 for your truck driver resume - be specific

When you describe your work history and professional experience it’s important to be specific. To get the most out of this section you need to provide details. One way a truck driver can do this is by telling the hiring manager the types of vehicles you’ve been driving in the past and for how long. 

Tip #3 for your truck driver resume - additional skills

Adding your skills to your resume is extremely important. Usually we distinguish between soft skills and hard skills. Where hard skills are the skills we learn through education and experience, soft skills (or interpersonal skills) are not easily taught. As a truck driver there are certain skills you need to possess: 

Math skills

An understanding of basic math such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying along with fractions and decimals. 

Technical skills

Basic vehicular repair knowledge such as oil changes and engine maintenance.

Physical skills

The ability to do physical activities such as lifting and stretching.

Customer service

To be able to solve your client’s problems or disputes in a polite and professional manner.

Time management

To be able to stick to a schedule and meet all your delivery deadlines.

If you have any of these skills, make sure you add them in the skills section of your resume. 

Action verbs for your truck driver resume

It’s important that you use the right power words for your resume. Not only will this make you appear more competent and professional. It will also help you pass the applicant tracking systems and it will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Below is a list of great words to add to your resume. Go through the job ad and if any of them words appear there, make sure to use them in both your cover letter and resume

  • Clean
  • Fill
  • Pickup
  • Conduct
  • Load
  • Repair
  • Coordinate
  • Maintain
  • Stock
  • Deliver
  • Operate
  • Transport
  • Drive
  • Perform
  • Verify

Key take aways

When you write your truck driver resume, there are some key elements to take extra care of. These are: 

  • Your employment history, licenses and certifications, and skills
  • The resume format - we recommend the reverse-chronological
  • Using the right action verbs and power words 

Ready to create your own resume? 

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