Today’s fiercely competitive labor market requires prospective job seekers to showcase all relevant skills in the resume. For many jobs, however, stating your driver’s license may not fall under the category of relevant. If it must be stated, you must ensure you do it right.
Where to include the information
Your driver’s license shouldn’t be what the hiring manager sees first in your resume (except if you are applying for a driving job). Information about driver’s license if needed would appear under skills and abilities which usually comes at the tail end of the resume.
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What to state
Stating your driver’s license on your resume should be pretty straightforward. You should state what type of certified Driver’s License you have. As different classes of licenses are necessary to drive various categories of vehicles. For those applying for a driving job, your safety record and years of driving experience are required. They should appear earlier since such information significantly influence hiring decisions for such jobs. Ensure you are familiar with the categories of licenses and what kind of license makes you eligible to drive what kind of car. This puts you on the same page with your prospective employer and you can be sure you are eligible for the job you are applying.
What not to state
You should be careful about adding extra information to your resume as a voluminous resume could put off hiring managers. Be caution about including sensitive information. Your driver’s license number is one such sensitive piece of information. Your identity could easily be stolen if such information is revealed and you never know where your resume is going. Other sensitive information you should leave out of your resume. For security reasons never include your social security number or credit card information.
Remember only to state your driver’s license if it is relevant to the job you are applying for. When stating your license information, never write your license number on your resume. Your prospective employer should contact you if such information is necessary. The same goes for stating references, where you do not state the names of the referee.