Many truck drivers work independently or for the same company for many years, their reliability as dependable as the big rigs they drive. However, like it or not, every driver faces the reality that one day they’ll need to look for a different job and then, just like white collar workers they will need a resume and cover letter documenting their experiences to send to employers.
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The first thing an employer reads when receiving an application, whether by mail or email is read the attached/enclosed cover letter. The cover letter is the introduction to your application and thus deserves special attention.
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A well written trucker cover letter will focus on some key aspects of the industry. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Years of on-road, driving experience, miles logged and state and national routes run.
- Detailed listing of vehicles licensed to operate, in terms of tonnage or size.
- Specific state and national licensures.
Don’t forget to keep all of your licenses up to date, including health checks, as not having them current can hinder employment chances.
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Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)
With great willingness, I am applying for the position of (POSITION) which was advertised on the (COMPANY NAME) website.
I am currently working at Mike’s Waste Removal Co. as a Dump Truck Driver where my dedication and perseverance has ensured accurate and timely pick-ups and deliveries and led me achieve the Employee of the Year award in 2012.
My professional demeanour has allowed me to make the best use of my training, problem-solving, and analytical skills, especially during my association with Solid State Inc. as a Concrete Mixer Driver.
As a skilled Truck Driver, I have experience with load restraint procedures, planning the shortest and safest route, and working long hours. On top of this, I am a safety-conscious professional who will always inspect and maintain my vehicle by assessing oil, water, and gas levels before departure. I can assure you that you will find me to be someone who will represent your business in a professional manner at all times by maintaining lasting relationships with clients. My enclosed resume contains comprehensive details of my pertinent skills, qualifications, and experience.
I would welcome the chance to meet with you and to talk about my qualifications and skills and relate them to your requirements.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Keep your cover letter to one page and always make sure to address it to a specific person. Mention your most recent trucking experience and your total years/hours behind the wheel. Brag about any major achievements you might have received such as a certain number of miles driven without an accident as these are respected across the industry.
Optimize your cover letter for keywords and phrases that truck companies scan for such as “OSHA”, “Safety”, “Certification” and/or “Medical Examiner’s Certificate”
More Truck Driver Resources
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration DOT Medical Exam and CMVC
FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Program
Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Driver Education
Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to work as a Truck Driver, you’ve come to the right place.
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Table of Contents
- Truck Driver Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
- Truck Driver Cover Letter (Text Format)
- 5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
Truck Driver Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
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Truck Driver Cover Letter (Text Format)
142 Facebook Blvd.
Tulsa, OK, 94301 United States
March 21, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
341 Company Address
Tulsa, OK, 94301
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Daniel Richards, and I am a long-distance tractor-trailer driver with 10+ years of experience in transporting priority maintenance machinery and conducting vehicle inspections in accordance with state and federal policy. I saw [Target Company’s] job posting on Truckdriverjobs411.com and would like to apply to be a commercial truck fleet driver.
Since I’ve begun my career as a continental truck driver for companies like Glowgistics and Steps At A Time, I’ve had the opportunity to freight and deliver valuable machinery for clients across 15 states. My extensive time in the business has taught me to be thorough with inventory records and to abide by federal and state law in all aspects of my work. These examples from my resume provide work experience that speak to my expertise:
- Operated tractor-trailers grossing over 25,000 pounds
- Planned travel routes in accordance with applicable traffic and bulk cargo transportation laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines
- Performed deliveries and established good working relationships with 20+ accounts
I would like to commend [Target Company] on their recent initiatives to install health and fitness centers in their headquarters in order to improve the well-being of long-haul drivers. This altruistic step will change public perception of [Target Company], as this sense of compassion is lacking in the industry.
I am thrilled at the prospect of working with [Target Company] and would like to come in for an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] so we can arrange a meeting. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
1. Introduce Yourself: In your introduction, be sure to include your name along with your work experience and intent. Mention the position you are applying for, and where you found the job. This shows that you are actively seeking work within the industry.
This is your chance to sell yourself, so be assertive and write with confidence.
2. Sound Confident: Your second paragraph should elaborate on your work experience by explaining what skills you acquired and how you benefitted the companies you were previously employed at. This is your chance to sell yourself, so be assertive and write with confidence.
3. Draw from Your Resume: Using a bullet point list that highlights 3 of your best resume work experience examples will catch a hiring manager’s attention, and will put the emphasis on your credentials.
4. Talk Up Their Company: In the penultimate paragraph, congratulate the company on their initiatives, or mention how you can contribute to their future goals. This looks proactive, and shows that you are invested in what they are doing.
5. Close with Your Details: In your concluding paragraph, include your details and let them knowyou’re eager to hear back from them. Provide the times you are available for an interview, and follow them up within several days of sending in your resume.