Skills and abilities – what do they signify? A lot, really. These two define exactly who you are as a truck driver and what you have to offer that will be considered contributory by the hiring manager. No one is completely unskilled – if you have a skill that is not yet polished, it does not mean that you are unskilled. It just means that you need to work on your skills to make them work for you and for the person who will hire you to do the job.
Employers always look for skilled truck drivers to handle their transportation needs. But since most of the time it is impossible to tell how skilled a person is before he or she is hired, employers take the applicants’ word that they are indeed quite qualified for the job. Both the truck driver resume and the cover letter are great avenues to discuss your skills, and make the employer aware of how well you can fit into his organization because of how skilled you are. The battle of skills with other prospective employees is an ongoing one, which is why it is imperative that you highlight yours in a manner that is profound, correct, to the point, and well-articulated. Remember that the employer has very little time on his hands – and even less patience – so he needs something solid to work on. Something that will develop his interest immediately.
Here is how a truck driver can elicit his skills and abilities in a cover letter and / or a resume:
Truck Driver Skills and Abilities
• Highly experienced in driving and maintaining different types of trucks, including lorries and pick up automobiles
• Deeply familiar with loading and unloading hauls on and off delivery trucks by paying special attention to the safety of each item
• Exceptionally well-versed in using both standard maps and the GPS system to map out short and safe routes to destinations
• Demonstrated expertise in navigating through city roads and on intercity tracks to ensure timely and safe delivery of items
• Proficient in delivering items at correct addresses and using the radio system to provide feedback of delivery statuses to the office
• Adept at handling delivery-related paperwork such as receipt signing, by following established company protocols
• First-hand experience in performing both preventative and regular maintenance on assigned trucks, in a bid to ensure increased life of engines, parts and body
• Competent in providing feedback to supervisors regarding repair, maintenance and replacement needs of assigned trucks parts and engines