Possible To Change Recruiter?

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Bobby M.'s Comment
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Hello, I was curious about how one would go about getting a new recruiter. My current recruiter is hard to understand on the phone and does not seem to put much stock into email, and overall does not seem too eager to get the ball rolling.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Bobby. It's unlikely you'll be able to change recruiters.

Have you actually completed a formal application to the company yet? Name? It would help us guide you better if we knew the outfit you are considering.

There is quite a bit of information on thus site specific to recruiter interaction. Use the search bar in the upper left hand corner to access the archived information.

You might also benefit from investing time reading and studying the content of these links:

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.
Old School's Comment
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Have you actually completed a formal application to the company yet?

Bobby, this one question is important. Let's face it, recruiters are sales people. They get paid by how many folks they can get signed up and committed. Therefore they are going to put a lot more effort in on the "low hanging fruit." One of the tricks to having good results from your contact with a recruiter is to put yourself into the position of appearing to be "low hanging fruit."

Do some homework and get yourself prepared so that you not only look good to them, but appear prepared and therefore seriously interested.

One of the first steps is to fill out an application. You need to have together all the information they will be needing. Things like a good solid time line of your work history for a minimum of the last three years, and an accurate listing of any traffic citations or tickets you have received over the last three years, an accurate description of any criminal charges against you for the last five to ten years. If you have ever had a DUI , they need to know about that sort of thing with accurate dates and when the charges were finally adjudicated. One other thing you are going to need is an official birth certificate with the raised seal on it.

You may just be needing to get some of that stuff together and fill out an application to get them to act interested in you.

Do you have a CDL yet, or are you wanting to go through a Company-Sponsored Training Program?

In general it is not usually that easy to change recruiters. We recommend that you try to work with the one you've been assigned. It is not that hard to get signed up with most of these trucking companies, but you will need to do a lot of your own legwork. Sometimes a recruiter may be new, and or just not that good at their job, but more often than not it is just that they don't have the information they are needing from you so that they are willing to put forth the effort it will take to get you into their program.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Bobby M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the quick responses. I am considering Prime and have submitted a formal application. I do not yet have a CDL , but I have a totally clean record, meaning no traffic citations within the last ten years, and no criminal charges ever. I will read those articles you mentioned G-town thank you. I will also try to work with my assigned recruiter Old school, but my hearing makes it difficult to understand low talkers with an accent on the phone. I will try to explain this to him in an email and hopefully he understands. It has also just occurred to me that because I am concentrating so hard to understand the recruiter on the phone, that it may appear to him that I am not really eager to begin. Thanks for the help guys. Also a totally unrelated question. I have seen many truck drivers leave their vehicles running while they run into a rest stop or store, is there anything preventing somebody from just hoping in and taking off? Just something that I have been curious about for a while. 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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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Hey Bobby, thanks for helping us out with the company name. We actually have several Prime drivers on here, including one of our mods, Rainy.

Here's some info on their company-sponsored training program and just the company in general:

Prime Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Prime Inc. Company Review

There is also lots of other info in the forum. Just type "Prime" into the search bar at the top of the page to find more info on Prime in the forum. Just be mindful of the date of the posts you review--some of the info you find using the search bar may be several years old.

To answer your question about the idling, most drivers have multiple spare keys and keep one with them and one in the ignition at all times, so someone would still have to break into the truck to steal it. And it's not too easy to get down the road in a stolen big rig without getting caught. Between gps trackers in trucks, company logos on the truck and/or trailer, and weight stations you can't get past without going through the city, there are plenty of ways to catch a truck-thief very quickly. Another possibility is that there is someone in the sleeper berth of the truck so you can't see them.

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.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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.

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