You’ve passed your Driver CPC test with flying colours and now you’re all set to go out there and find yourself work as an HGV driver. This is a beautiful moment you’ll probably remember for the whole rest of your life. Breaking into this industry can be difficult, particularly when you don’t know what to expect and how to behave to ensure you land the job of your dreams. Here are a few tips for you to use when you’ll write your CV to help you get your awesome HGV driving job sooner rather than later.
You need to start by including all essential information about you. Add your name, your address, your phone number and your email address, in order for employers to know who you are and how to reach out to you. Don’t push these details too far, though. There’s no need for you to add your marital status, your age or even your gender. In fact, including such information might be actually daunting. Stick to the key details and include two contact numbers, if possible (mobile and landline, if you have them).
Once you’re done with the key information, it is time to move on to including a brief personal summary. The goal is to introduce yourself to potential employers. As the CV is a professional document, you should keep your tone and your topics professional. Avoid sharing details about your hobbies, as chances are potential employers don’t care about such information anyway. Instead, seek for ways to express your qualities, your work ethic, your qualifications and your work experience, as well as your passion for driving. This section should be short but compelling, without a huge information load. Sharing too much might work against you.
This is arguably the most important section in a CV. According to best practice, you should list your work experience in reverse chronological order. This means that you should start with listing your most recent job and work your way backwards from there. If you’ve never worked as an HGV driver before, you’ll surely feel anxious about including this section in your CV. Potential employers may not even want to hire someone like you, with no experience in the industry. This isn’t true. Firms are looking for new drivers to replace their retiring ones. Your youth and your freshness to the industry might actually work in your favour. Besides, your other jobs can help you showcase your most important skills and your competitive edge. For example, time management skills can prove to be useful on the road. Remember to list your previous jobs together with company names, your role in those organisations, the period of time you held the position, and what was your job description.
If you’re a new driver, this is the section to pay special attention to. List all of your qualifications, such as the CPC module 2. Like you did with the work experience, use the reverse chronological order. Showcase your newly acquired qualification as an HGV driver, as well as your other qualifications and school grades.
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The purpose of a CV is to get you an interview. Potential employers use the information you provide to judge if they want to interview you face-to-face. Making a positive first impression is of utmost importance here. Always check and double check your CV for spelling mistakes and grammatical glitches. Ensure that the pagination is consistent and good looking. You probably know the saying that the devil is in the details. When it comes to judging a person by their CV this is entirely true. Your CV should be rather about quality than quantity. Carefully assess each and every information bit you intend to include, to determine whether it is indeed relevant to the job opening you want to apply for. If you are in doubt, chances are you can leave that thing out.