How to create an effective Logistics Resume
Thanks for stopping by to get some help in preparing your logistics resume! There are many different job titles that a logistics person can have: logistics officer, logistics coordinator, in-bound logistics, out-bound logistics, logistics manager (supervisor), over-seas logistics, and many others. An employee that works in the logistics department of any company will either be responsible for acquiring and organizing raw materials, equipment, and other supplies – or be responsible for shipping products out of a manufacturing environment. Many of these jobs are based in manufacturing, but can also fall into positions within the military or other government warehouses.
Training and Skill Requirements Needed on Your Logistics Resume
It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking entry level employment in a warehouse facility, or if you have many years of experience to offer: There are some definite skills you need to showcase on a logistics resume, to be considered for this type of employment including: clear communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving abilities, organization skills, ability to read and decipher written documents (such as a bill of lading, customs paperwork, supplier and customer communications, etc.) – and you will also likely need equipment certifications for the specific job (forklifts, order pickers, pallet jacks, scissor lifts, skyjacks, booms, etc.) Other requirements might include: WHMIS, first aid, and possibly taking a written or physical test before being considered for employment.
Before you get started on your resume, make sure you have all the necessary skills and certifications to get the job. Most recruiters read your qualifications before reading any other part of your resume, as most companies won’t pay for training until you’re an official employee – meaning they’ll pay for re-certification and on-going training once you’re hired, but won’t hire you if you don’t have the initial (and mandatory) training courses. This is to prevent people from using their company to pay for certificates, then quitting the company to work for other companies.
City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code
Phone – Email
Your objective is an introduction to the company, letting them know your experience, skills, and appropriate certifications. Keep this statement limited to one or two smalls sentences that will tell the recruiter you’re capable of doing the job and that you have the necessary training to get started.
Sample Objective for a logistics resume:
“Seeking an entry level position in your logistics department; where my communication and organizational skills will allow me to be an asset to your company. Certified to operate: seated and standing forklift, pallet stacker, and skyjack (under 100ft.)”
Use a logistics resume template to make it easier to put this section together. Basically, you want to list any warehouse experience you have, or any other experience that relates to equipment usage, or the duties listed in the job description. Try to include at least 3 prior jobs you’ve had, and create a bullet list of 3-5 job responsibilities you performed in each position.
Tailor each bullet point to reflect a skill or job duty that is listed in the job description for the position. For example: The job description for your desired position states that you must have prior experience with: operating equipment in confined spaces, ability to read a bill of lading to fill orders, and you must have demonstrated communication skills to work with the transport drivers coming in to pick up orders – see below for a sample you could use on a logistics resume to show you have previous experience that accommodates those requirements.
Sample Work Experience for a logistics resume:
2008-2011 Forklift Operator ABC Logistics
- Known as the go-to guy for operating standing forklift in confined spaces in order to maximize available floor space.
- Proven ability to read incoming and outgoing paperwork including: bill of lading, customs paperwork, and was responsible for directing shunt drivers to other company-owned facilities.
- Filled in for supervisor when she was away at meetings and during her scheduled days off. Responsibilities included: coordinating with drivers to fill and off-load orders, answering phone inquiries, and proof-reading coworker’s paperwork.
Skills and Certifications
As with the other sections of your logistics resume; you should use the job description for the position to help you tailor the document to meet the needs of the person reading it. Note any skills stated in the job description and match them with skills you’ve picked up in your work and/or personal history. Use bullet points for this section and also list your equipment operator certifications and any additional training certificates needed for the job.
Feel free to create two different headings (I.e., “Skills” and “Certifications”) if you wish. There are no rules regarding how it should be done and if your list is particularly long; try separating the two for the purpose of clarity.
Include a sub-heading for your references. If the job description states that you should supply them when you hand in your logistics resume to them, then do so. Otherwise write: “Available on request” on the resume, and prepare a separate list of your references to take with you on interviews. Don’t forget to call your references if you haven’t spoken to them recently – there are few things that are more embarrassing than having a prospective employer call your listed references, only to discover that the person doesn’t work there… or worse, they still work there but don’t remember you!