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Kenny M.'s Comment
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Hello all. I'm kind of bummed right now, just found out from my recruiter that their company denied my application after talking to her for a couple of weeks. She said that they are very competitive and they usually only take 4 to 6 applicants per week. I really think there was something else. But, moving forward, are there any trucking companies that will hire more than others. I really want to get into the biz right away.

I was studying the Montana CDL book, but now should I wait and study another state's book? Any advice in anything about what to do is very welcomed.

Thanks Kenny

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Kenny.

First of all, don't sweat it in the least. There are a ton of companies out there and whatever company you were focused on isn't worth worrying about. There are a ton of others that are just as good I can assure you.

This is a topic we talk about all the time. People get way too hung up on choosing a certain company to work for, as if certain companies rise above the rest. When it comes to the major companies that's not true at all. The biggest variance you'll find is the pay scale. But as far as the miles available, the quality of the equipment, they way you're treated and all that stuff - you can do great at any of them. If there were a few companies that were head and shoulders above the rest we would list them and tell everyone to work there. You would also find that all of our experienced drivers would be working there also.

That's not the case at all. Look at the moderators and experienced drivers here and they work for a long list of companies right across the board and they're all happy where they are. They make great money, they have excellent equipment, they get tons of miles, and they're treated well.

You can start out by filling out our application for company-sponsored programs. It will go to a bunch of them at once and you'll be contacted starting tomorrow by most of them, if not all:

Apply For Company-Sponsored Training

Also, as far as studying for your permit and endorsements, use our High Road Training Program:

High Road Training Program

It is a thousand times easier to use and more effective than just reading the CDL manual. It actually contains the CDL manual, but it's broken down into small sections with review questions after each one. It keeps track of your score and even feeds you review questions from previous pages as you work your way through to help reinforce the materials. Do a few pages of it and you'll see exactly what I mean. You'll love it. It's an amazing system.

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.

Kenny M.'s Comment
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"First of all, don't sweat it in the least. There are a ton of companies out there and whatever company you were focused on isn't worth worrying about. There are a ton of others that are just as good I can assure you."

Thanks Brett, that makes me feel a lot better. I have been using your training materials on here, and doing pretty good I think, could do better with more studying. You can take a look at it under my username if you have access. I am so excited about this career change and foaming at the mouth in becoming a truck driver. Awesome site you have here, sounds like you and the other moderaters are very very dedicated to this website. I will definitely keep reading these posts on here.

Great job and keep up the wonderful work!!

Kenny

Pete B.'s Comment
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Kenny, Brett speaks The Truth. I went to CDL school in Montana, so I too got the MT CDL manual. That being said, morning of the 3rd day of school I aced all of the required CDL permit tests as well as endorsements, having worked through The High Road Training Program as well as the CDL Practice Tests. There's nothing in the manual that isn't covered in the material on this website. And this website presents it in a way that's much easier to learn.

Good luck with your applications, and like Brett said, don't sweat that one company. There are many, and we're all pretty much the same for the first year.

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.
mountain girl's Comment
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Don't sweat this at all. I am a prime example of someone who got very attached to her first (TWO) trucking companies and have found a good fit. The pay was much lower with my 3rd company but at the time, I needed a place that was a better fit on the stress side than the money side. I'm talking $6/hr pay cut.

Subsequently, I've been with them for over a year, driven across CO, WY, UT in some serious ice and snow with several chain ups, and had no stress-induced accidents of any kind. Then, last week, the company brought us up to a competitive pay rate with a $3/hr raise.

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

It all works out if stick with it.

-mountain girl

Kenny M.'s Comment
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Thanks guys! Thanks for the kind words. I have to keep trying, this is what I really want to do.

Kenny

Tim H.'s Comment
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Kenny, I got the same from my first choice. Sounds like the same company. Same response they gave me. I was bummed at first but moved on. You'll get picked no worries.

Old School's Comment
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Kenny, today I'm considered the best of the best on my fleet, but things didn't start out that way for me. I made the long bus rides to three different orientations when I was trying to get started at this and got sent home from each of them!

I ended up making my start at a company that everyone claims is a really bad place to work. I worked there for about a year and a half, earning some of the best rookie pay I've ever heard of.

Where you start is of very little consequence to your success. How you start is what will set the direction of your future trucking career.

Kenny M.'s Comment
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Kenny, today I'm considered the best of the best on my fleet, but things didn't start out that way for me. I made the long bus rides to three different orientations when I was trying to get started at this and got sent home from each of them!

I ended up making my start at a company that everyone claims is a really bad place to work. I worked there for about a year and a half, earning some of the best rookie pay I've ever heard of.

Where you start is of very little consequence to your success. How you start is what will set the direction of your future trucking career.

Thanks Tim and Old School! I just talked to another recruiter this morning and set the wheels in motion for that one. Fingers crossed!

Thanks again guys for the support!

Kenny

andhe78's Comment
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Kenny, If you don't mind my asking, what company turned you down? Starting the application process myself next week, and am curious about the results.

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