Resumes are integral to the employment process for most job seekers. With stiff competition for warehouse positions, having a well-organised and effective resume can place you a cut above the rest in a crowded pool of applicants. With the right tools you can transform a lacking work history or minimal set of skills into a professional resume that will stand out to prospective employers.
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Things you need
- Word processing software
Create a heading for your resume that includes your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Size the font a couple of points higher than the rest of the resume type. Bold your name so it stands out.
Compose four topics for your resume that include: "Objective," "Skills," "Work experience" and "Education." Place a colon after each topic and leave room underneath to add pertinent information. Having the most relevant information first, such as qualifications, will allow employers to narrow their search based on your ability to fill the position. Be sure to list skills, such as forklift experience or other warehouse specific knowledge.
State your reason for seeking employment as a warehouse worker under the topic of "Objective." Do not give a generic reason for wanting employment in a warehouse. Employers you will be applying to will likely be sorting through several resumes. Any opportunity to make your resume unique will only increase your chances of acquiring a warehouse position. Say something to the effect of, "Would like to continue working in an environment that will allow me to utilise my (insert years) of experience in a warehouse setting."
Add any specialised skills that you have which might be useful in a warehouse position beneath the topic "Skills." This is arguably the most important section of your resume. It provides an opportunity for you to display qualifications that employers might otherwise overlook. If you have knowledge or abilities gained outside of the workforce, such as those received at a workshop, learnt from a mentor, or acquired through life experience you should post them in this section. Select items that will make you seem like a good fit for the position you are applying for, either directly or indirectly relating to the specific industry. Qualities that suggest honesty, dependability and responsibility would work well for this topic. If you have a history of inventory work, listing it here may give you an advantage over other applicants.
List your most recent employer below the topic "Work experience," along with your title and duties you performed. When completed, continue listing past employers, up to four or five. This might be shorter if your employment history is fairly short. Just be as thorough as possible, explaining relevant experience that would be beneficial in a warehouse job.
Think back to previous positions and how the work you completed coincided with skills required of a warehouse worker. Heavy lifting and the ability to work independently are common requirements of this kind of position.
Give the names of all institutions of education that you have attended since and including high school after the topic "Education." This is a common requirement on most job applications and will help to complete your resume.
Include a statement at the end of your resume that alerts employers to the fact that you can provide references if required. Do not add the actual references to the resume because contact information frequently changes.
Tips and warnings
- You want to display yourself in the best light possible, but remember to never be deceitful on your resume. It could end up costing you more than a missed opportunity in the future.
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