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How to write a CV for HGV driver applications
Your HGV driver CV should have the following core sections:
- Name / contact details
- Profile (or personal statement)
- Work history (most recent first)
1. Name / contact details
Include your full name, address with postcode, phone number and email address.
2. Profile or personal statement
This is typically either presented as:
- A bullet point list of your key attributes
- A 3 – 4 line paragraph
Either way, the key here is to tell the employer how you meet the requirements of the job (with reference to the job advert). You should also let them know about any other skills you have which may be valuable to them.
For a HGV driver CV, we prefer the bullet point list style. There are many specific ‘hard’ skills needed for this role. Recruiters want to be able to quickly scan through your CV and ascertain whether you have these skills. The profile section is a great place to list these, and bullet points make them easier to find.
If the advert is thin on detail, take a look at our example for inspiration. You can also find more inspiration in the National Careers Service’s job profile. Generally employers in this sector want to know:
- Are you a Class 1 (C + E) or Class 2 (C) driver?
- What type of HGVs have you driven previously?
- How many years of experience do you have?
- Do you have a valid digital tachograph?
- Do you have a current CPC / DQC card?
- Do you have a clean licence with no points or endorsements? (Many employers ask for 6 points or less)
- Do you have your own safety boots & hi viz vest?
- What kind of shifts are you looking for – are you flexible and able to accommodate a range of shift start times?
- Do you have good people skills? It is essential that HGV drivers are able to deal with customers politely and professionally.
- Have you any complementary training / certification? For example, the ability to use a forklift truck.
- Can you carry out routine truck maintenance tasks? This might become necessary whilst on the road.
- Do you understand load securing?
- Are you organised and will you be able to complete paperwork accurately and neatly?
- Do you have the confidence to drive even in adverse weather conditions?
3. Work history
List your work history in reverse chronological order i.e. most recent first. If you haven’t provided a bulleted list like our example, you’ll need to go into more detail about how you’ve acquired/used the desired skills in this section.
It’s not absolutely necessary to have a separate skills section – particularly if you used the bullet point format for your profile. If you didn’t, it’s a good idea to add this section and make sure you include any skills specifically mentioned in the job advert as a minimum. Other skills in addition to the above list that are valuable include:
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to work well with others
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device (source: National Careers Service).
Try where possible to include examples of how you’ve acquired these skills in your work history, rather than simply listing them off in a separate skills section.
Qualifications are typically listed with the highest qualification first. However, if most of your qualifications are vocational training (like our example), you may want to list them in reverse chronological order (most recent first) instead.
You don’t have to include interests on your CV, but they can be helpful for showing that you have particular skills or traits that may be valuable to an employer. Hobbies that show you have a good level of patience and concentration, together with the ability to function well under pressure, would be valuable for a HGV role. Hobbies that show an interest in your physical health and wellbeing are also valuable on most CVs, since they suggest to employers that you are less likely to have sick days.
It is completely optional to include references on your CV – the recruiter will ask for these anyway, if they offer you a role.
Originally published 11th February 2016.