How To Get A HGV Driver Job With No Experience
Our Top Tips
Leigh Gillatt • Careers Advice
HOW TO GET A HGV DRIVER JOB WITH NO EXPERIENCE
Although you may find it a little more challenging than those with a few years of experience, newly qualified HGV drivers with no experience can certainly find jobs throughout the UK.
In fact with the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK reaching an all-time high, with reports by the FTA of 64% of transport businesses facing a severe skills shortage , it’s nearly impossible NOT to be able to get a driving job, if you do the legwork needed and apply for multiple roles.
With the logistics & haulage industry demand for HGV drivers outstripping the supply available, more and more newly qualified drivers will find that they get the pick of the crop when it comes to job vacancies. From local delivery drivers to long-haul HGV drivers, there have never been more opportunities out there for qualified HGV drivers, both with or without experience.
So what are our top tips on finding a HGV driver job with no experience? Read on to find out...
How Important Is Driver Experience?
Unfortunately, it goes without saying that some driving jobs will require more experience than others, and some haulage companies may have strict policies on hiring an experienced driver over a newly qualified one.
So, the higher paid roles are more likely to go to these more experienced drivers, but it important to remember that even they had to start somewhere!
Driver Recruitment Agencies The Best Option?
When it comes to finding yourself work as a newly qualified driver without experience, utilising the help of a recruitment agency with a dedicated driver recruitment department, such as Diverse Employment, is the most popular option.
Our dedicated driver recruitment department works closely with logistics and haulage firms to supply drivers to a wide variety of clients up and down the country. We’ve made it super easy to sign-up with us with easy-to-follow online registration forms and have specific consultants, with years of experience recruiting in the driving sector, that will help guide you through the whole employment process.
Not only can we assist you in CV writing, and interview tips, but our consultants have strong networks of connections with hiring managers throughout the industry, increasing your chances of find a driving job without the experience many are looking for you to initially have.
Of course you can go it alone and search and apply for roles yourself utilising, online facilities, but that’s a much longer and time consuming process for you, than having one dedicated resource to turn to. Plus a consultant can also often know just what to say to a haulage hiring manager to encourage them to give you a chance despite you possessing no experience – which of course can’t be achieved with simple online CV’s and applications.
What Would Help My Chances?
If you chose the option of using a driver recruitment agency to help support you in your search for a driving job as a newly qualified driver, there are a few things you can do to help both your consultant and yourself out to achieve a better chance of success:
- 1. Dress well; don’t underestimate the importance of a first impression. As an HGV Driver you’re unlikely to be expected to turn up in a suit, however you should look smart, clean and well presented. If you’re not sure about the dress code for an interview, just ask your consultant, if they don’t already know they will be able to find out on your behalf.
- 2. Get some basic 'tools of the trade' ready such as:
- A Smart Phone - You've got to be contactable by your employer, but make sure it's hands free and remember your in-cab charger. (some firms will provide a work specific phone – but its not a guarantee)
- Sat Nav & yes, Map Books (UK and London A-Z) – Of course we know there are many Sat Nav's on the market, and you may have one but if technology lets you down you need to have something else you can rely on.
- A pen and paper - Simple but it can very often be vital
- High-Viz Vest or Jacket (often issued by the company, but it's good to have your own as a standby)
- Work gloves - Helps you keep clean and protected
- 3. Work alongside your recruitment consultant to prepare for interviews – i.e. do a little homework on the company that is interviewing you and have a few answers to commonly asked questions prepared. – If you’re unsure on any of this, just ask your consultant.
- 4. Be ready to start with little notice! If you’re applying for jobs, you’re more likely to be accepted if you can start immediately. Saying ‘no’ to a job offer particularly when you don’t have experience isn’t a great start; keep well rested and be prepared to start a job almost immediately if needs be. – the important thing to remember is that once you secured your first role, this counts as experience and you can then build on this over time allowing you to eventually be more selective in the roles you chose.
- 5. Check out the kinds of work that frequently come up in your area. You might find that there are a lot of opportunities in construction, warehousing or waste management in your area. These trades have their own related additional tickets and/or licences that might increase your chances of securing a HGV job without experience such as Moffett, Tipper, and HIAB .
- 6. Maintain a positive attitude – we know it can be difficult the long drawn out the job searching process becomes, but employer are looking for drivers that have a good attitude, that are courteous, helpful and polite at all times, especially knowing the fact that they’ll be trusted with one of the company’s vehicles.
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