You work in a dangerous industry; there’s little doubt about this. You’ve read the statistics, and so have the employers that you’re targeting during your job search. Your industry (manufacturing, processing, materials handling, shipping, distribution, mining, agriculture, etc) is responsible for a very high number of injuries and even deaths every year. While workplace safety experts struggle to mitigate the dangers and limit environmental hazards, the chances of disease and injury remain high in this field, and you may even have witnessed a few incidents that highlight these dangers and show how far employers still have to go in terms of raising industry safety standards.
But you also know that individual workers need to take some measure of responsibility for their own safety, and you know that no employer wants to bring a reckless employee on board who might neglect safety rules and put herself and others at risk.
So what can you do to prove to your potential employers that you’re a safe bet, so to speak? How can you share your track record of respect for the rules, attention to detail, and situational awareness? How can you show hiring managers the long list of incidents you DIDN’T cause? Or better yet, the incidents you helped to prevent? Keep these considerations in mind.
If you can actually quantify your safety record or present a list of clear metrics or statistics that prove your reliability, by all means, share this. For example, if you’ve ever won a safety award or if you’ve ever been formally recognized for your attention to pre-flight equipment checks, mention these recognitions in your resume. Both individual and team victories will impress your potential employers.
2. Describe your training programs and certifications.
List every safety training program you’ve completed and every certification you’ve received on the job or on your own initiative.
3. Compare your own record to industry standards.
If your team averaged 50 incident-free days per quarter, put this number in perspective by adding an industry average. The same applies to number of inspections passed, number of stars earned in a specific rating system, or number of commendations received from various regulatory organizations. Again, your personal victories matter just as much as the stars earned by your entire team, department, or organization.
4. Leverage your cover letter.
Use your cover letter—not just your resume—to document and explain your commitment to safety in the workplace. If you’re serious about safety and you consider this a vital aspect of personal and professional success, just say so. Take advantage of every opportunity to earn your employer’s confidence and trust.
For more on how to showcase your track record of safety, efficiency, productivity, or leadership during your job search, contact the staffing and career management experts at CSS.