When writing your resume, choosing skills that reflect you and your job is important. But which should warehouse workers include? Let’s take a look.
Many warehouse positions allow you to learn on the job. But if you have experience, certification, or even just basic proficiency in certain areas, they can help you stand out from the crowd. Examples include forklift operation or machine maintenance. If you have previously worked in a warehouse, feel free to list such warehouse-specific skills as picking and packing, inventory management, or quality control.
More and more warehouses are going high-tech, automating many of their processes. Although there are still plenty of warehouse jobs that don’t require tech skills, acquiring and highlighting a few can make you more employable. Database management, scheduling and personnel management, and supplies procurement are just a few proficiencies that could enhance your resume.
Warehouse workers also need a variety of soft skills to be successful. These include:
- Organizational abilities
- Ability to learn quickly
You don’t necessarily need to list these on your resume. But you can craft your Experience section to highlight these traits and abilities. Sit down and think about your various jobs, volunteer positions, and school activities. What was involved in each one, and how did you use soft skills to find success?
For example, if you started a new club in high school, virtually all of these soft skills were required. If your last employer went temporarily remote during the Covid-19 shutdowns, successfully making that transition demonstrates flexibility. Or if you’ve ever been a shift leader, even if it wasn’t in a warehouse environment, you’ve utilized leadership, communication, and problem-solving.
Ultimately, most warehouses are open to providing on-the-job training for new workers. So don’t worry too much if you don’t have a lot of skills to list. But if you do have some of the skills above, highlighting them on your resume can help you stay a step ahead of other applicants.
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