HGV Driver CV Template: How to Write a Strong CV
Our recruitment consultants have seen a huge surge in demand for HGV/LGV drivers across the UK recently. So if you’re looking for your next job, and want to learn how to improve your CV and applications, we’re here to help.
Writing a strong CV is the first step in securing an interview and, ultimately, getting a new job. It’s your first opportunity to make a good impression and sell your skills, so it’s important to get it right.
So here are our top tips for writing a winning HGV Driver CV.
What to include in your LGV/HGV driver CV
Your CV should include the following sections:
Full name and contact details
Profile (also referred to as a personal statement)
Qualifications & education
Follow this template to create a winning CV that lands you your next job.
Name and contact details
This section is fairly self explanatory. At the top of your CV, clearly write your full name, home address, mobile number and email address.
Including these details right at the start will make sure that the recruiter is able to contact you easily.
This is where you really introduce yourself. You may choose to write your profile/personal statement as a short paragraph (around 4 lines is a good length), or as a concise bullet point list.
The key here is to demonstrate to the employer how you meet the job requirements. For a job as a HGV driver, there are very specific ‘hard skills’ that will be required of you, so make sure you include them all in the profile.
What to include in your profile:
The licence you have (cat C/Class 2 or cat C+E/Class 1)
How many years of experience you have as an LGV driver
The types of vehicles you have experience of driving
Soft skills such as good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently on your own
The kind of work you are looking for - are you looking for full time or temporary employment? Are you able to accommodate a range of shift times? Including this information is optional. Unless a job advert specifically asks for details of your availability, you can discuss this later in the application process.
After your personal statement is when you provide details of your work experience.
Start with your current or most recent job and work backwards. Include the name of the company, your job title, the dates you started and finished working there, and your key responsibilities or achievements.
If you have worked short term temp roles, be sure to highlight this on your CV. So for example, if you’ve listed your start and end dates for a job ‘January 2021 - March 2021,’ you might want to put ‘(Temporary position)’ next to either your job title or the dates, so that there is no confusion.
When giving details of your previous roles, be sure to demonstrate the following:
Knowledge of transport and logistics
Patience and the ability to stay calm under pressure
The ability to work well with others - both colleagues and customers
The ability to meet deadlines and targets
Self motivation and the ability to work independently
It’s not always necessary to include a standalone skills section. If you have demonstrated the skills you have as part of your work history, then you don’t need to cover these again.
Qualifications & education
After your work history, list any professional or academic qualifications you have. In a CV for an LGV driver, your vocational qualifications will be the most relevant, so start with these, with the highest qualification first.
So for example, if you achieved a cat C licence, and then later achieved the cat C+E licence, list C+E first.
Include the name of the course or qualification, the name of the training provider, the date you completed the course and, where relevant, the grade you achieved.
Whether or not you include references on your CV is optional. If you have two references you can provide right away, and you are happy for the new employer to contact them, then feel free to add them to the bottom of your CV.
However, if you are currently employed and you don’t want your manager to be contacted until after you have accepted a job offer and handed in your notice, then you can choose to wait and provide references upon request.
How to format your CV
Once you’ve got all the information in, it’s time to format your CV. Aim to make it as clear and easy to read as possible. If someone skim reads your CV, will they be able to quickly find all the information they’re looking for?
Keep it to two pages - your CV should be three pages at a maximum, although you should aim for two. A two page limit will keep your CV neat and tidy, and prevent you from diluting your application with less relevant details.
Use subheadings - for each of the sections listed above, use a clear subheading so that the hiring manager can quickly find the sections they need.
Don’t make your contact details too big - including your contact details at the top of your CV is important, but don’t let it take up too much space, or the rest of your information will be pushed further down the page. Using a slightly smaller font for your address, phone number and email address is okay, just make sure it’s still easy to read.
Use bullet points - especially when detailing your work experience and the skills and qualifications you have, using bullet points will make your CV much easier to read. LGV jobs are very focused on specific core skills, so using bullet point lists will make sure that the hiring manager is able to find everything.
We work with a number of leading UK logistics and supply chain companies who are always looking for LGV drivers to join their ever-growing networks.