You’ve successfully gone through the entire training program and now you are ready to head to the world in search of your first job as an HGV driver. This is an exciting time in your life and you feel as if the world is your oyster.
However, like any industry, breaking into the HGV industry can be a daunting process. Without experience, you do not have a proper understanding of the customs and expectations that come with the job. But you’ve got to start somewhere. So, what should you include in your CV in order to get the best HGV job straight away?
The first thing to do is include the fundamentals. Things like your name, address, email address, and telephone number must appear in your CV. This information enables any potential employer to know who you are at a glance. You do not need to include a lot of information in this part of your CV, however.
For instance, it is not necessary to include your marital status, age, or even gender. In fact, the inclusion of this information could prove to be prejudicial and might cost you a good job. Focus on the basics.
Remember to include two contact numbers – a landline and your mobile number.
After writing downing the essentials, the next step is to write a short personal summary. This section will tell potential employers more about yourself. Keep in mind that you are writing a professional document. As such, rather than delving into your personal life such as hobbies, focus on showcasing how perfect you are for the role. For instance, focus on your previous experience, work ethic, your new qualifications, and your love for the job and being on the road.
Keep this section short and compelling. Do not oversell or overshare.
‘Work Experience’ is arguably the most important part of your CV. The best practice is to write this section in reverse chronological order. Start with the most recent job you had and work backward to the first job.
If you are in search of your first driving job, it is natural to feel nervous writing this section. After all, it is natural to assume that employers are not looking to hire someone on their first foray into this industry. But this is a wrong assumption and nothing could be further from reality. Companies are interested in young energetic drivers to replace their retiring staff members. In this regard, being a new entrant could work in your favour.
You could also list other jobs you’ve held on this list. It shows the additional skills you can bring to the table, including time management, and the ability to pursue and achieve the goals. Do not forget to list the firms you’ve worked for, the roles you held, your achievement in the company, and how long you worked in the company.
The qualifications part of your CV is equally important to your experience section. For a new driver, this where you stand to shine and stand out from the crowd. In this section, you should list all of your qualifications as a new HGV driver – the Cat C, Cat C+E, c1e license etc. You should also list any other relevant qualifications you have along with your school grades.