Can I Be More Noticeable?

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Matt 's Comment
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I am currently in the process of getting my cdl a. I have a ways to go but am hoping to have my permit by next Saturday to be able to start training.I had stumbled across what I believe would be an extremely good learning opportunity and a way to get a feel for driving as a career as a part time driver for a large company. I had contacted the recruiter by e-mail and found out they will hire new drivers who just received there cdl. Here is my question they have a job fair style interviewing in the next couple of weeks. I had thought about going and talking with someone face to face explaining my interest and letting them know I currently am working towards my cdl a. Even if im not to that point by the time they fill this position hoping it improves my chances at getting the next one that opens.Am I being just another annoying rookie that they cant or won't take seriously or am I being professional and its a move I should make? I tend to get ahead of myself when excited about opportunities like this so I appreciate outside opinions. Thanks.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Steve C.'s Comment
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I say go for it! There is no harm letting a recruiter know you are interested. I would specifically ask about their pre-hire process and ask what you would need to do to get one. a Pre-Hire letter is essentially a document from the company stating they will hire you once you graduate from an approved trucking school with your CDL.

Here are some cool resources on the site with more info about pre-hire letters.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Matt. First of all, a person is not annoying if they're humble and they're willing to work hard and prove themselves. Even if you're not qualified for the job they'll be happy to hear from you if you approach them the right way. Even if it isn't the right opportunity now it might be perfect down the line, for both you and for the company. In the meantime you might find some tidbit of information that helps your job search going forward or they might steer you in the right direction. So don't ever be afraid to approach someone about an opportunity.

G-Town's Comment
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Matt where are you going to school?

Matt 's Comment
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well that is what has me wondering a bit. I'm actually not going to a certified training company.y company which is a vary large well known sale and service center for trucks. I'm getting my permit and they are getting me training through them. I'm.hoping that doesn't affect my opportunities. I'm currently a technician.

Matt where are you going to school?

G-Town's Comment
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well that is what has me wondering a bit. I'm actually not going to a certified training company.y company which is a vary large well known sale and service center for trucks. I'm getting my permit and they are getting me training through them. I'm.hoping that doesn't affect my opportunities. I'm currently a technician.

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Matt where are you going to school?

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That's what I thought.

Just keep in mind, the vast majority of trucking companies (and their insurance providers) require a 160 hour training certificate from either a recognized Truck Driving School or completion of a Company-Sponsored Training Program. This is also being considered at the federal level and could eventually be a law.

By choosing your current path, you may significantly limit your future opportunities.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Matt 's Comment
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Thats what i was afraid of. After receiving my cdl would I still be able to take a class in the future if that's what they require? The benefit I have with my company now helping me is they work around my current job schedule which is a solid steady income and they are paying for everything.is there maybe an option I'm overlooking?

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well that is what has me wondering a bit. I'm actually not going to a certified training company.y company which is a vary large well known sale and service center for trucks. I'm getting my permit and they are getting me training through them. I'm.hoping that doesn't affect my opportunities. I'm currently a technician.

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Matt where are you going to school?

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That's what I thought.

Just keep in mind, the vast majority of trucking companies (and their insurance providers) require a 160 hour training certificate from either a recognized Truck Driving School or completion of a Company-Sponsored Training Program. This is also being considered at the federal level and could eventually be a law.

By choosing your current path, you may significantly limit your future opportunities.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Matt asked:

After receiving my cdl would I still be able to take a class in the future if that's what they require?

Yes. I know someone who did that very thing in Company Sponsored.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Matt 's Comment
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Well the job fair interview is in a couple of weeks. I will try to find out more information there. I had contacted the recruiter through the email but he gave me a vary vague short answer I'm sure he probably gets alot of people that are not actually serious about the opportunity so I can understand the lack of concern until he sees the interest.

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