How to Write a Transport and Logistics CV
When writing a CV it is important to structure it to the job you are applying for. This is no different for a transport and logistics CV. How you write your CV will make the difference between getting the job and not hearing back.
When writing your transport and logistics CV. It is important to focus it on the role you are applying for. In the first line of your profile, it should say what you are or what looking for e.g. Transport coordinator, logistics manager, transport operator, HGV driver. Don’t try to be every job role or position going. If you can mirror the job title that you are applying for, you will be able to get the maximum visibility from CV scanners or someone filtering CV’s.
Showing your skills is very important and many roles within transport and logistics require a combination of core, technical and soft skills. Whether you have your forklift licence, you’re good at scheduling and coordinating, working as a team leader, they are all important together to show a well-rounded person. Reading the job description and personal section carefully will make sure that you understand what they are looking for and how you fit with the companies needs. You can then use this to reflect the same skills within your own CV. Make sure that you include important terms within your ‘Key Skills’ section, after your opening profile. This will confirm with the reader your expertise and help your transport and logistics CV pass the ATS or CV scanner software’s.
What are ATS systems? ATS or applicant tracking systems are put in place by medium to large companies to filter out CV’s before a person starts to read them. They see how your CV matches against a specific job description. It is estimated that about 70% of CV’s are filtered out before a person gets to see them. So it is important that your CV can get past this first step of the application process. Taking an individual approach to applying for jobs will help you pass the checks. Reading the job description, and in particular, the person specification. Making sure your key skills and terms are in your CV, will ensure the systems pick your CV out. Every job description is written very differently so it’s important to tailor your transport and logistics CV each time you apply for a different role to maximise your chances.
Companies want to see your achievements and evidence of your performance. It is not enough to list your responsibilities in your CV or to copy and paste the job description into it. Companies want to see what you can do. Giving examples of this through previous experience, training courses and supporting them with facts and figures. Many jobs are about reducing time, optimising resources and cutting costs. All these things are measurable.
When writing your CV think about who clear it is to read and understand. Your CV will be read by different people including HR and recruiters that may not have the same background knowledge as you. Don’t rely on too much jargon or industry acronyms. This can look lazy and will contradict any statements you make about having ‘good communication skills’. Write your transport and logistics CV in a concise way, with plain English so anyone can read it and see how good you are.
Finally, keep your CV short and to two pages. Give them enough information about all your skills and experiences to make them want to find out more about you, without being too long that they fall asleep. Remember, only 30 seconds is spent on average reading a CV. So make those 30 seconds count!
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