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Todd W.'s Comment
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I have an interesting question to ask. What can one do to a resume once you have a CDL. I have non commercial driving experience but I don't know how to build a resume once I have my CDL. any thoughts?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Steve L.'s Comment
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I have an interesting question to ask. What can one do to a resume once you have a CDL. I have non commercial driving experience but I don't know how to build a resume once I have my CDL. any thoughts?

I suppose you'll build it like you would after any other experience. You'll highlight your achievements such as miles per week/month, safety record and any awards received. You'll also point out any special qualifications you have such as tanker or hazmat. In the beginning you can highlight any transferrable skills such as organizational. However, you're not likely going to need a resume to land that first job. Mostly they'll hire you from your application and background checks.

Hopefully you'll land with a good company where your resume will be something that sits in your saved files and rarely if ever, sees the light of day.

I hope this helps and good luck.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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Typically trucking companies are not interested in seeing a resume. They will check with your former employers. The very best thing you can do for yourself when it comes to trying to leverage for yourself a better job is to have a good solid year in with one company without any incidents on your record. In other words... "Don't hit anything." BTW, that is a lot easier said than done when you are a rookie trying to figure out how to handle a Big Rig in all types of situations.

Veetz's Comment
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I have an interesting question to ask. What can one do to a resume once you have a CDL. I have non commercial driving experience but I don't know how to build a resume once I have my CDL. any thoughts?

Are you asking where you would list a CDL on a resume? (I'll assume "yes").

Any chance you're going to a truck driving school to prepare for the CDL exams? If so, you could list the school under "education" and mention that you completed the CDL exams.

If not going to school, you could add an "accomplishments" (or "achievements") section on a resume and list it there.

All that being said, I agree with Steve above. I just got my CDL last week and have been applying to companies. While I have an updated resume, I haven't needed it to this point.

Good luck!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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