Student With Felonies

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Michelle's Comment
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I graduate CDL school on 12/14/17. Top of my class with a 95. I test at DMV on the 21st. I've applied with multiple companies. Any suggestions on one's that hire when you are still on probation? 3 1/2 years since conviction. 4 1/2 since date of offense. I'm on level 3 shadow track. I haven't had to report in person in 8 months. I call in one a month. Thanks for any suggestions.

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rob's Comment
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Are you allowed to leave the state? Being on probation I think would limit many companies from taking a chance with you, unfortunately. Did you get any prehires prior to beginning school? When are you off probation? I'd recommend the "second chance" companies such as western express or Carolina Cargo. They seem to be more lax in their hiring requirements. Don't let them not being as picky deter you. The name on the door doesn't matter, as a driver can you successful anywhere they go as long as you prove your a safe, reliable driver.

Also, the nature of what your felony was will also have an impact on who will hire you.

Prehire:

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.

Prehires:

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.

Michelle's Comment
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I am waiting on the documentation which says I am permitted to travel for work. I've kept my p.o. updated all the way. I owe a little more than a grand then he's going to request early release for me. Thank you so much for advice.

Are you allowed to leave the state? Being on probation I think would limit many companies from taking a chance with you, unfortunately. Did you get any prehires prior to beginning school? When are you off probation? I'd recommend the "second chance" companies such as western express or Carolina Cargo. They seem to be more lax in their hiring requirements. Don't let them not being as picky deter you. The name on the door doesn't matter, as a driver can you successful anywhere they go as long as you prove your a safe, reliable driver.

Also, the nature of what your felony was will also have an impact on who will hire you.

Prehire:

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.

Prehires:

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.

Old School's Comment
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I am waiting on the documentation which says I am permitted to travel for work.

That is going to be needed. I helped a person get hired at Western Express that was on probation, but we had to have a letter from the probation officer stating they were free to travel out of state for work. You should also have them include in that documentation that you are not required to physically report. If all you are required to do is call in then you want your future employer to have proof of that.

Michelle's Comment
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Appreciate it man. I didn't even think of that

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I am waiting on the documentation which says I am permitted to travel for work.

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That is going to be needed. I helped a person get hired at Western Express that was on probation, but we had to have a letter from the probation officer stating they were free to travel out of state for work. You should also have them include in that documentation that you are not required to physically report. If all you are required to do is call in then you want your future employer to have proof of that.

Big Scott's Comment
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As mentioned Carolina Cargo is a company that gives second chances, treats their drivers and equipment well. They have all the miles you want. You would be teaming there, so getting home by a specific date can be difficult. Your choices will be very limited while on probation. Good luck.

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