Formulating your resume properly to attract the attention of a recruiter is important to snag an interview for the job that you want. There are different kinds of resumes, and choosing the right one for you can mean the difference between standing out in the crowd and not being noticed. As a warehouse worker, the type of resume format to use depends on your employment goals and background.
As a warehouse worker, you have developed qualifications throughout your career. It may be hard to pinpoint exactly how you qualify for another job because your duties may vary. However, if you are applying for a promotion, carefully read the requirements to determine if you have enough experience. If you have decided to change career fields altogether, you will have to fit the knowledge, skills and abilities that you have gained as a warehouse worker into the requirements of the new positions for which you are applying.
The chronological resume describes your work experience starting at your most recent employer and listing by date to your earliest related position. A prospective employer is able to see how you have advanced in your career and what you learned to qualify you for the job. This kind of resume works best for a warehouse worker who is staying in the field and desiring to promote or seeks a related position. In your chronological resume, start your experience section with your latest position and employer. For each job you have worked, list the most important tasks that you performed and the skills that you learned. For example, specify the type of goods that you handled and the equipment that you operated proficiently.
If you want to exit the warehouse field and look for a job in a career where you have no experience, a functional resume may be best to highlight your skills and abilities. As a warehouse worker, some of the tasks that you performed can transfer to other positions. Therefore, on your resume, list the skills that you learned before listing your prior employment experience. For example, show that you know how to operate machinery, keep track of items in large spaces, safely store goods and retrieve them when needed, navigate computer programs and systems, take inventory and use the basics of physics to securely stack boxes to the optimum capacity of the warehouse.
Regardless of the kind of resume you use, list your educational accomplishments for the recruiter. For example, if you passed a computer class in order to take inventory and check goods in and out of the warehouse, the skills that you learned may be valuable to another employer. However, be aware that some employers are leery of functional resumes. If you are successful at highlighting the skills and abilities that you have gained in the warehouse and that transfer to a new job, your resume may convince the recruiter to grant you an interview. Avoid using a format that combines the two kinds. It can be awkward and long, which serves only to confuse prospective employers.
Carol Deeb has been an editor and writer since 1988. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications, as well as a book on education. Deeb is a real-estate investor and business owner with professional experience in human resources. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Diego State University.