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Six Components to an Effective Forklift Resume
If you have been certified to operate a forklift, you are qualified for many entry level positions in warehouses, factories, and a variety of manufacturing environments.
Depending on other aspects of your professional background, you may even be qualified for managerial positions that pay a little more.
In order to apply for these jobs, you will need a well formatted forklift resume that shows how you are perfectly suited to the job.
There are six basic sections that will compose that resume:
1. Contact Information
In the top left corner of your resume, place your name and basic contact information. You must list your full name, address and the best phone number where you can be reached. You may also consider adding an email address.
This is a brief statement that tells future employers what type of job you are interested in filling.
You do not need more than two to three sentences, and many resumes offer just one sentence. If you are searching for a job to make use of your forklift certification and experience, this is where you would state that preference.
It is a good idea to take words from the job posting or the company’s website and place them in your objective.
For instance, if the job listing states that they are looking for a “hard worker” who is already “certified,” your objective should state that you are a hard working certified forklift operator. This shows that you are a direct fit to the position.
3. Skills and Qualifications
You can choose a variety of wording to title this section, based on what you are going to list. Some options include:
- Skills and Awards
- Skills and Accomplishments
- Certifications and Skills
The goal of this section is to provide a bulleted list of the skills, awards, accomplishments and certifications that qualify you for the position.
You should list your forklift certification here, if you have already been certified. You may also list awards or titles you have been given through school or on previous jobs.
Any other skills or industry-specific knowledge bases that you have picked up along the way can be listed here as well.
Keep everything in this section related to the job you will be applying for with this resume. The details of this section may change as you send different resumes out for different positions.
List your education accomplishments in this section.
Your forklift resume does not necessarily require education beyond high school, since it doesn’t take a college degree to operate a forklift.
You can just list your high school with completion date here, or information about your GED if it has been awarded. If you did attend college or a trade school, list it here as well.
This is where you give details regarding your previous employment record.
Include all jobs that are related to the new job you would like to secure, but you can also include unrelated jobs. Start with your most recent job and work back in time.
You only need to cover three to five years. Remember, your entire resume should fit on a single page.
If you are applying for your first job, you should try to list an internship or volunteer experience in this section.
If you have sold products on your own or started your own business, put that here as well.
Most companies that are advertising for forklift roles state that you need to physically fit and capable of moving and lifting loads up to 50Ibs.
This can either be covered off at the interview or included in this section.
The final component to your forklift resume.
Limit it to one quick statement at the very bottom. “References available upon request.”
That is good enough. You will need to have your list of reference ready just in case it is requested. You should bring that list to all job interviews and leave it with your interviewer, whether it is requested or not.
If you create a section on your forklift resume for each of these components, you will have a complete resume that can be handed to a hiring manager for any forklift related job.
Just don’t forget to change details according to each specific position for which you land.