How to Write a Resume for a Warehouse Job
With the current e-commerce boom, warehouse jobs are available all over the country. Whether you're looking for a job with a transportation company like UPS or FedEx, or a retailer like Amazon, Walmart, Aldi, Costco or Target, it's likely you'll find warehouse jobs near you. The first step of your application is, of course, your resume.
How should you write a warehouse associate resume? What are employers looking for? Here at Shiftfillers, we have decades of experience recruiting for this type of job - some of us even had the experience to work in a warehouse before! - so we'll share some helpful resume tips with you.
1. First of all: where should you write it?
We love Google Docs because it's easy and free. Even better, it has several resume templates for you to browse and edit as you like.
But if you'd like to also have some help on what to write to fill out your CV, Resume.com has an awesome Builder tool! Log in and start the process by telling the Builder what type of job you're looking for.
Next, choose a template and start adding your details. The cool thing here is that the Builder will give you suggestions of what you could write.
Remember you'll need to be signed in to download the file once you're finished.
2. Be objective and concise.
Recruiters usually take less than 10 seconds to read a CV, this means you need to quickly grab their attention by making it easy for them to scan your information:
- Have your name on the top.
- No need to have the "Objectives" section. But if you'd like to keep it, have it as a one line sentence only instead of writing a full paragraph.
- Keep the resume short. If possible, fit all of your information on two pages.
- Use bullet-pointed statements rather than long descriptive paragraphs to describe your work experience.
3. What if I have a long work experience?
If you've been working for more than 10 years, it's likely it will be a challenge to fit all your background on two pages. If your first jobs aren't relevant to the job you’re looking for and hold no value, leave them out. If you think they can still be relevant, keep them on your resume - but again, keep it very short!
4. What if I DON'T have much experience to write about?
We understand it can be hard to land your first job. But you can demonstrate your commitment, abilities and reliability through other activities too. It's all about how you sell yourself!
- Talk about your qualities! Are you a star when playing a sport? That's teamwork, discipline and focus. Are you good with computers? That's a valuable skill too.
- Work doesn't have to be paid to be work! Talk about your volunteer work or extra-curricular projects the same way you would talk about a job. Detail your tasks, challenges, problem-solving and organization skills.
- Informal jobs count! Talk about your responsibilities and commitment, tailor the message having in mind the type of work you're looking for. For example, if you helped someone to take care of a property or offered support in a small shop or family business, this means someone trusted your skills and that you've learned something from that experience.
5. Avoid silly mistakes
The best way to demonstrate your attention to detail is… by paying attention to every detail of your resume. Read it multiple times to make sure you don't have any typos or ask someone to proofread it for you, if possible.
Ready to look for a warehouse job now? That's where we can help you the most! Check out our open positions across the country and apply today!