If you’re in the transportation industry, you have nerves of steel, a great working knowledge of local laws, and a high tolerance for people who have little patience, raw nerves, and stress over their commute.
You’ve seen it all: car accidents, clueless tourists, and pedestrians jaywalking into dangerous situations. If you’re lucky, you’ve come out of these situations unscathed and wiser, and you’re ready to move on up to the next level in your career. Here are some ways to up your resume game as a transportation professional.
1. First, identify what kind of transport you’re interested in.
Many transportation professionals have a lot of overlap between the kinds of careers they can pursue. Granted, a bike courier shouldn’t apply for a job as a commercial pilot, unless, of course, he has a pilot’s license and a thousand hours of flight time under his belt.
But if you’re a cab driver in San Francisco, there’s probably not a lot stopping you from applying to be a bus driver, delivery person, or Town Car driver for a private company in San Francisco. Expand your job search to include other types of transport within your qualifications.
2. List any relevant certifications.
Chances are, you need a commercial driver’s license for many transport jobs. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, of course; pizza delivery drivers often have nothing more than a regular driver’s license. Bike couriers might need even less than that.
But tractor trailer drivers, bus drivers, and other transport carriers require a specialty license. If you have it, make sure it’s on there. If you’re qualified to carry hazardous materials, make sure that license is listed on your resume, too.
3. Include any industry awards.
Have you gone 30 years in the trucking industry without an accident, and gotten a plaque for it? Did you successfully petition your employer to increase safety standards by mandating sleep breaks after a certain amount of time on the road? Were you given a service award for any reason by an industry official, a city official, or someone in your company? Make sure potential employers know you take safety and your profession seriously by listing any safety, competence, or excellence awards on your resume.
4. Include the vehicles you can drive and operate.
If you’re a heavy equipment operator, you may not feel comfortable driving a double-decker bus full of passengers through busy city streets. Make sure you list all the kinds of vehicles you’re competent at driving, from big rigs to vehicle carriers to backhoes to bicycle cabs. You don’t want to get in over your head, but you don’t want to sell yourself short, either.
5. List further education.
Being a driver for a living means knowing the rules of the road and following them to the letter. Laws change, though, and so does the topography of a particular roadway. Staying abreast of changing laws and safety regulations helps you do your job better.
Make sure potential employers know you take safety seriously, and list all further education courses you’re taking to hone your skills on the road. Whether it’s a hazmat certification you’re pursuing, or you simply want to make sure you get passengers safely from point A to point B, hiring managers want to know that they’re looking at someone who can get the job done safely and expediently.
When you’re a professional driver, you’ve got the safety of your entire surroundings in your hands. You know that one false move could create serious safety risks for everyone on or around your vehicle. Make sure potential employers know how serious you are about your job and increasing your skill set by following the above suggestions when putting together your transportation resume.