What Does Location Have To Do With Getting Hired By A Trucking Company?

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Big Scott's Comment
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This is from CFI's web page. "At a minimum, job candidates must not have any BACs, DUIs, DWIs or license suspensions for moving violations in the past five years. In addition, we reserve the right to judge each applicant on an individual basis regarding preventable accidents, moving violations and employment history."

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Shawn 's Comment
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12 years

How long ago was the DUI?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Shawn 's Comment
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Sounds like I might survive, dui was 2005, 12 years old, the concern iss the last company i aplied to had 200 applications, And the background doesn't make me the cream of the crop.

This is from CFI's web page. "At a minimum, job candidates must not have any BACs, DUIs, DWIs or license suspensions for moving violations in the past five years. In addition, we reserve the right to judge each applicant on an individual basis regarding preventable accidents, moving violations and employment history."

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Shawn 's Comment
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Whats it like driving after two years?

Shawn finding smaller companies that have company sponsored schools are few and far between and living near a terminal isn't necessary in order for you to receive hometime.

Your first order of business should be finding out what company driving schools allow students located in your state or area ( all of which can be found on this website). Then look at that list and find decide which company offers you the best opportunities for your lifestyle and career.

All of the larger companies that offer in house training will give you hometime and most have the same 1 day hometime accrued per week policy. Some allow you only 4 days at a time some 5. Some companies are better at getting you home on time then others. Of course most of the time it's not the company but your respective dispatcher or fleet manager that drops the ball.

Your goal right now shouldn't be worrying about hometime right now. Find a company drive for a year or preferably 2 with them and as long as you've been a safe efficient driver doors will open for you in your area.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott's Comment
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If your DUI is that long ago and you're having trouble finding a company to hire you, try CFI. They're a great company, they will train you and you only have to drive for one year. After one year you will owe them nothing. They will not payroll deduct for the training. Look at their web site, fill out the application and call them. Be honest about your DUI.

http://cfidrive.com/

Good luck. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Shawn 's Comment
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what are they looking for in the extensive background check

Usually they run a "cheap" background before hand. Then they run a more extensive one when you get there.

They will weed people out. The DUI will make it tougher, but not impossible. It also depends on how long ago your conviction was. Companies will differ on this.

Be up front about the DUI. Good luck

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Shawn 's Comment
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thank you, I'm probably just driving myself nuts looking around on the internet, I used to have a big set of courage, seems to go away the older you get, lol

Shawn, have you looked here? Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Here is my training diary with CFI. CFI was XPO. Try some of the bigger companies who hire from every state. Good luck.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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At Prime you must be 10 years from completion of any felony. Each company is a little different. The main thing is you didn't lie on your application. If there is anything in your past they may find it. That doesn't mean it's an automatic fail. It is the company's discretion how they handle it. All I know is CFI and some of the backgrounds people have that have been hired by them. Do you have concerns other than the DUI?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Shawn 's Comment
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the dui's are it, no felonies or phsyco issues, my work history is pretty bad in this economy, temp jobs for survival. Prime already shot me down last fall. Got a call from CFI this morning, I feel like a little girl or something, i don"t unemploy very well, it's like being on the Titanic, after the ice burg

At Prime you must be 10 years from completion of any felony. Each company is a little different. The main thing is you didn't lie on your application. If there is anything in your past they may find it. That doesn't mean it's an automatic fail. It is the company's discretion how they handle it. All I know is CFI and some of the backgrounds people have that have been hired by them. Do you have concerns other than the DUI?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Big Scott's Comment
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Did CFI give you any hope? They are a great company. If all you have is the DUI and you can put together work history and or unemployment for the past 3 to 10 years, you should be good.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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