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The perfect CV for transport and logistics jobs

A great CV is one of the best ways to communicate your skills and experience to potential employers. for this we have compiled some suggestions which will help you improve your CV.

Tailor it to the job

If you are applying for a particular job ensure you are adjusting the CV specifically to the role. Although the responsibilities of many logistics jobs may be similar, the job description may give you hints as to what the company is focusing on. Incorporate their keywords into your own CV to make it clear you’ve understood the role and the company culture.

Profile section

Logistics jobs tend to be quite competitive and recruiters may receive many more CVs than expected – for that reason it’s crucial that you make it clear what’s unique about you and what you can offer the company. Keep it short and snappy - one or two sentences will do.

Research norms when applying abroad

A lot of logistics companies transport goods across national borders and plenty have offices across the globe. For this reason many logistics professionals find themselves working or living abroad at some point in their careers. In these situations take time to understand the common CV format: pay special attention to factors such as pictures, cover pages, nationality and date of birth - these may not always be required and sometimes specifically not wanted.

Add links to your social media accounts

More and more of the big logistics employers are hiring through social media or using it to research job applicants. If they are interested in your CV they may want to find out more about you and this extra information could be what sets you apart from the other candidates. Make it easy for them to find out more by including links to your social media profiles as well as your email and phone number.

Avoid jargon

A lot of companies create unusual sounding job roles and logistics firms are no exception to this rule. It’s not always clear what your tasks and responsibilities have been if you use a lot of company-specific terms so try to describe your experience in a way that makes it accessible. This is particularly important if you are looking to move between sectors or fields within the industry.

Show off your achievements

Beyond job descriptions include achievements or successes to stand out. If possible, incorporate numbers or figures to demonstrate your contribution factually.

Use bullet points

Using bullet points is a good way to make your CV easy to read and understand. HR managers will give your CV a quick glance and often decide within seconds if they are interested in inviting you to an interview or not. Make it easy for them: give them facts and come straight to the point. once you have landed the interview you will get plenty of chances to go into detail about projects and responsibilities.

Design

While facts are a core aspect of the CV, do not underestimate the importance of the design in order to maintain a clear structure of the CV and make a good first impression. Consider using a CV template - there are many online and they can help you create a more visually appealing and professional-looking document.

Double check everything

Mistakes are human... but also avoidable. Especially when it comes to a document of such great importance and which is a maximum of two pages long. Spelling mistakes, number twisted and inconsistencies in the dates will not be tolerated. Keep your CV up to date and before handing it in get a second opinion. You may not notice little errors as you have read the document a hundred times already, but a fresh pair of eyes may see your CV in a new light and help you iron out small details so that you can hand in a truly perfect CV.

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