Well, if you’ve ever looked for a job before, then you have the experience in seeking employment just about anywhere, and that includes Houston trucking companies. Searching for trucking jobs is really not that dissimilar to any other sort of job search, so just be sure you take the search seriously.
First, let’s talk about your commercial driver’s license. Do you have any endorsements? The key to landing a job is standing out from the crow during the application process. When you are looking to Houston trucking companies, two big things stand out: do you have experience, and what can you do?
Of course you have the CDL. That’s the easy part. But did you obtain any endorsements? Houston trucking companies have a hard time keeping their positions filled, particularly long-haul positions. That means they are always looking for qualified talent. A qualified talent who can do more than most can. That means endorsements.
If you have a CDL I’m not going to waste time telling you what that is, because you should already know. But you should also know that the skills you obtain with endorsements, the ability to do the kinds of things that many other employees at their company are likely not certified to do.
Endorsements immediately make you more marketable to Houston trucking companies, and because of that, if you are looking for employment with them, you should attempt to obtain as many of them as you can. Heck, just get all of them, even the ones you think you may not need. You never know, and the advantage you gain and the salary you will command will justify the minimal extra cost and additional time you will spend taking the exam.
Next you will want to update your resume. This sounds silly, but it is a necessary step. You will need to tailor your resume to fit the needs of the trucking industry, and that means adding your CDL and adjusting the responsibilities you put on your resume to discuss your experiences in terms of how it will show you are qualified to drive a big truck.
So how do you do that? You can, for lack of a better word, “spin” your previous jobs in terms of the industry you’re entering. For instance, if you worked at a fast-food restaurant, chances are future employers aren’t going to care that much that you perfected the double spatula flip technique. It’s not relevant to them. They will, however, care that you became team leader for the grill team and managed other people, and that you managed burgers and fries at the same time. Those types of skills show leadership and multitasking abilities, respectively.
So how do you translate that to impressing Houston trucking companies? By knowing what they want and what they are looking for in drivers. They want people who demonstrate patience, are willing to adapt, can handle situations independently, show good decision-making skills, and have a record for safety. If you have never had a speeding ticket, it would be worth noting on your resume when you are applying for trucking jobs.
Show your employers what you can do for them, and how they can’t help but hire you for the sake of their company. Houston trucking companies are looking for people to wow them just like anyone else. Do your best to actually do that.
While we’re at it, don’t forget your cover letter and interview skills. Houston trucking companies will be interviewing you, and the cover letter is one of the important documents that many people neglect. It is your first impression to Houston trucking companies, and many people do little to nothing to try to develop those skills and create a better first impression. Read up on those particular job-obtaining skills, and implement those in your routine, and you will begin to see Houston trucking companies taking more interest in you.
If you have your CDL you’re ready to look for Houston trucking companies to employ you. Make sure you give them every reason in the world to do exactly that.