Burning Bridges Early?

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Matt 's Comment
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So I have been contacting many companies for information as I want as much as I can get. I want to know before I make a decision. However a few companies I contacted are extremely persistent on wanting me to apply what I'm worried about is what if I don't want to chose them right away? Does it burn a bridge later on? I dont want to just sign off any company.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lunchbox's Comment
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Honestly, the way it seems to me, is they just move to the next phone call. Remember, it's their job to recruit people. They will be trying their hardest to get you in their door. It's exactly like high pressure sales for Recruiters, just make your intentions clear, ask your questions and if they are consistently dancing around points you feel are important to you then move on. Don't feel bad, and unless you give them your info/app I bet money they forget about you 10 minutes later.

G-Town's Comment
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Matt, the recruiters are applying pressure on you,...that's what they do. Like LunchBox said, it's basically a numbers game for them and the more numbers they push the more likely they will get paid on an actual hire. Fire away, these are contingent, pre-hires you are getting. Now if you accept or commit to an offer and/or invitation for orientation, and decide not to show up,...that's something entirely different and could follow you around. Use common sense.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Matt 's Comment
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I.have read the pre hire letters and information numerous times and asked questions. I'm still unsure. If I send them a resume or fill out an application that doesn't mean im committed right? I mean I'm.not saying I'm a prized employee but I don't think I have anything that would make a company not want to continue with the application process. As they say.when is it safe to say stop I don't want to go that far yet I'm just gathering information.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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I.have read the pre hire letters and information numerous times and asked questions. I'm still unsure. If I send them a resume or fill out an application that doesn't mean im committed right? I mean I'm.not saying I'm a prized employee but I don't think I have anything that would make a company not want to continue with the application process. As they say.when is it safe to say stop I don't want to go that far yet I'm just gathering information.

Filling out an application does not commit you to that company, it shows a level of interest. You are having "dinner", not "getting married".

Only if they offer you employment and you accept, at that point you are making a commitment. You might be over thinking this a bit... When I got back into this I applied with three companies...only one did I accept an offer from, professionally declined the other two, in writing through an email. It's rare that an entry level driver puts all of their eggs in one carrier's basket.

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.

Matt 's Comment
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Could i ask how you professionally declined without. "Burning the bridge"?

Gladhand's Comment
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Could i ask how you professionally declined without. "Burning the bridge"?

By never replying to them haha. I applied to Prime, Swift, and if no one else would take me CR England. Prime never called back, Swift called a day later, CR England called an hour later.

How are you burning bridges if you apply but end up working somewhere else? It's like applying to any other job man, no need to overthink it.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I.have read the pre hire letters and information numerous times and asked questions. I'm still unsure. If I send them a resume or fill out an application that doesn't mean im committed right? I mean I'm.not saying I'm a prized employee but I don't think I have anything that would make a company not want to continue with the application process. As they say.when is it safe to say stop I don't want to go that far yet I'm just gathering information.

In this industry - most folks don't throw out ONE BAITED HOOK - they lay a CHUM LINE, and harpoon the offer that best suits their needs.

It's normal for recruiters to initially be attentive (except if you live down my way). They get paid to "put meat in a seat".

As others have suggested - as long as you haven't progressed to the point where you are headed to the Greyhound station (and even then) as long as you are professional and responsible enough to communicate with them, it's fine.

A member here was a day or two away from leaving for orientation - found out he would have had to get off a particular med he was on for 30 days. Called the recruiter and rescheduled his leave date.

Now Show/No Call would be bad form - and even though it happens all the time to them (and mostly with no repercussions) - Karma is a Female Dog. Keep your side of the street clean, and you never have to look over your shoulder.

Rick

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.

Matt 's Comment
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Unfortunately I'm good at over thinking things. I was just looking at is a year down the road if I wanted to switch from say swift to cr England (examples) if I already applied to cr England a year ago but didn't work there will they think I'm not serious again and not waste their time.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I'm good at over thinking things. I was just looking at is a year down the road if I wanted to switch from say swift to cr England (examples) if I already applied to cr England a year ago but didn't work there will they think I'm not serious again and not waste their time.

Most folks aren't going to make the switch from Swift TO CRE. Not that either one of them are BAD to work for. But it doesn't make much sense to make a lateral move from "training company to training company". As you get more time under your belt - more interesting and potentially higher paying gigs become available.

Besides - if you go with Swift (for example) they have so many different fleets, regionals, dedicateds, etc. - you would likely never get BORED. And with experience, comes SENIORITY. You obviously know we have a few Swifties that have been with the company for a few years. Likewise, with our Primates.

The grass is greener syndrome is quite common. Trust folks that have moved and those that stuck around when they tell you is ISN'T ALWAYS GREENER.

Worry about what you're going to do "after a year" - when you have 11 months under your belt.

Rick

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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