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
79 Longueville Street
Westerntown WA 6810
Phone: (08) 8888 8888
Mobile: 0444 444 444
PO Box 1334
Westerntown WA 6810
Dear Mr Richards
Job Ref. 5445
Please accept my application for the MC Truck Driver role advertised in Truckers' Weekly.
I have over six years experience as an MC truck driver, having worked as a local driver and on long-haul, intrastate projects. I always ensure that all my licences are kept up to date so that I am familiar with current requirements, and I currently hold a clean MC licence and a Blue Card. I also believe it is important to keep adding to my skills and have continued with professional development throughout my career. Most recently I successfully completed the Transitional Fatigue Management Scheme Course, which has made me a much more productive driver.
In all the roles I have held, I have kept a detailed log book and pride myself on my punctuality. I enjoy developing and maintaining good relationships with customers, which makes collecting payments and issuing receipts a more streamlined process. I have successfully completed many deliveries of a range of loads, including dangerous goods, machinery, timber and metal fabrications. I also hold forklift and crane licences and have extensive experience of using this machinery to load and unload goods.
My referees will be happy to discuss my positive attitude and strong work ethic.
I look forward to discussing my application further at interview.