Shipping and Receiving Jobs Resume Help 101: Make Your Experience Leap Off the Page

Showcasing Your Experience On Your Resume

Are you searching for a new shipping and receiving job? Before you start applying, creating a standout resume in the right format is a must. Your resume is the first impression an employer has of you. According to an HR Drive study, hiring managers look at resumes for only seven seconds, so you need to make that impact quickly.
Your resume is one of the most important documents in your job hunt. And one of the most prominent sections will cover your experience. In this article, we will cover how to create an experience section for your resume that leaps off the page and is sure to catch the hiring manager’s eye.

Include Your Relevant Experience

Hiring managers have a stack of resumes for shipping and receiving job to work through. They don’t have time to go over everyone with a fine-tooth comb. As such, you need to ensure that every word they read is relevant. If you were the hiring manager, would your resume make him or her want to employ you?

Include relevant experience that catches the hiring manager’s eyes. You don’t need to include the part-time role you had in a coffee shop when you were at college (unless it highlights some of the skills you need). And this is the key: highlight the jobs you have previously had that have given you the skills and prepared you to be able to take on the role you are applying for.

How to Format the Experience Section of Your Resume

Display your work experience in an easy-to-read format. Keep the content short and concise for each role and only include relevant details. To start with, think about how to label this section. You may choose to label it as something like ‘Work experience’, ‘Work history’, or ‘Professional experience’.  It is always a good idea to list your experience in reverse-chronological order. Start with your most recent role and work backward. This means the first role that the hiring manager will look at will be the one with the most responsibilities and most relevance to the job description.

For each role you can create a heading (usually your job title). You may want to use a larger or bold font, and include the name of the company you worked for, the location (city or state), job title, and the dates you worked there. If you are still currently in a position, simply put ‘{start date} – present’.

Under each heading, you can create a bulleted list of your main responsibilities. A good rule of thumb is to include three or four bullet points. Within your bullet points you should include:

  • An action verb: This should be the first word. Action verbs examples include trained, created, innovated.
  • Quantifiable point: Explain a measurable result of your action.
  • Relevant responsibility or duty: What was the responsibility that you took on in your role?
  • Tailor Your Experience to The Shipping and Receiving Job You Are Applying For

Read the job description for the shipping and receiving job you are applying for thoroughly. Pick out occupation-specific words and try to include these in the bullet points of your experience. For example, if you are applying for a shipping/receiving role and the job description includes something like:

“Work is performed independently with a minimum of supervision and is reviewed on the basis of efficient warehouse operations and procedures and an adequate inventory of supplies and materials” then you should consider including a bullet point for a role where you ‘worked independently’ and ‘self-managed’ successfully.

Reference Your Skills

Within your experience sections, you should also reference your relevant skills. Think about the skills you learned in each role that are relevant to the advertised role. In your bullet points, include both hard (technical) and soft (interpersonal) skills.

To Sum Up

The experience section is often the main body of your resume. With tough competition for shipping and receiving job, you need to make this section jump off the page. By highlighting your relevant experience and listing your responsibilities and quantifiable outcomes, tailoring your resume to each role you apply for, you are sure to catch the hiring manager’s eye.

To explore career opportunities in the shipping and receiving sector, get in touch with Coast Personnel today. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about how we help our candidates’ resumes stand out from the crowd.