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Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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I'm about 3 weeks out from cdl school and have been contacting different trucking companies about employment. I've spoke with several recruiters this week and this morning got a 'conditional job offer' with an interview set up for this afternoon. I'm not ready to commit yet, and I'm looking forward to talking with recruiters while I'm at school. Is this typical? Are they looking for a commitment today?

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.
G-Town's Comment
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I'm about 3 weeks out from cdl school and have been contacting different trucking companies about employment. I've spoke with several recruiters this week and this morning got a 'conditional job offer' with an interview set up for this afternoon. I'm not ready to commit yet, and I'm looking forward to talking with recruiters while I'm at school. Is this typical? Are they looking for a commitment today?

Maybe...but not likely. Until you have your CDL, you really aren't in a position to commit. However, recruiters like any good salesperson, are always looking to make a "close". If they ask for a commitment today; just politely let them know you are researching all of your options and at this time are not ready to commit to any company. They will understand.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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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.

Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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Thank you. The interview was only about 10 minutes and she told me there was no pressure, that she would be checking in with me from time to time and that I would have a job with them when I was finished with school if I wanted. Honestly, they are at the top of my list anyway, but I still want to kick a few tires.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I can sympathize about the flood of job offers. Since I am close to my 1 year mark, I figured why not. So I found as many unique opportunities and shotgun some apps out. WOW, I have had a flood of e-mails, texts, and calls all day long. Since I am still 6 weeks away from my year mark, I thought I might get 1 or 2. I guess I was wrong. The most unique of them is driving equipment show to show for country music concerts. My wife would kill me, otherwise I would jump on it. Hauling around the equipment for country music stars such as Brantley Gilbert. Oh well.....

I never believed that 1 year opened so many interesting and unique jobs. Jobs like the one above or another that hauls ATVs and Motorcycles.

Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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The most unique of them is driving equipment show to show for country music concerts. My wife would kill me, otherwise I would jump on it. Hauling around the equipment for country music stars such as Brantley Gilbert. Oh well.....

I'd pick driving the tour bus over the equipment haulers. You'd get enough stories for a lifetime.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Just remember, when you're hauling the equipment you're the basically one of the first ones to get there and one of the last ones to leave. LOL!

JJ

Tim F.'s Comment
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I can sympathize about the flood of job offers. Since I am close to my 1 year mark, I figured why not. So I found as many unique opportunities and shotgun some apps out. WOW, I have had a flood of e-mails, texts, and calls all day long. Since I am still 6 weeks away from my year mark, I thought I might get 1 or 2. I guess I was wrong. The most unique of them is driving equipment show to show for country music concerts. My wife would kill me, otherwise I would jump on it. Hauling around the equipment for country music stars such as Brantley Gilbert. Oh well.....

I never believed that 1 year opened so many interesting and unique jobs. Jobs like the one above or another that hauls ATVs and Motorcycles.

I watched a couple of trucks back into the docks at SPAC (Saratoga Springs NY)in the summer. I wanna say they were Kenny Cheney...but no way I would do that. Some of the outdoor Amphitheaters were not designed for large 18 wheeler to back into. Downhill and then blind side into the docks. It would be a cool gig though.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I think I will, more than likely, stay where I am at. The pay difference in negligeable and the perks and conveniences I have are nice.

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