Which Company To Go To After School Completion

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Curt S.'s Comment
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Assuming they would hire me I am wondering if it matters which company I should sign with. I am thinking hard about three companies in particular. 1. Knight Transport 2. H O Wolding 3. Werner Enterprises Any feedback or advice for me?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Curt, here are some things that can help you decide. Start off making a short list of what's important to you. Them look through the company reviews and company advertising to see what fits best.

Finally, apply to "everybody" here: Apply For Paid CDL Training. It's more fun to tell a company "No, thanks" than it is worrying about finding a driving job.

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.

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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I would go with Wolding. Than again, I am biased. LoL

Old School's Comment
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Assuming they would hire me I am wondering if it matters which company I should sign with.

Curt, as a fairly new member in our forum I realize you probably aren't familiar with my history or introduction into trucking. I learned some valuable lessons as I entered this field for a second career at the age of 53. One of those things is that the name on the doors of your truck is really not that important. We teach folks to settle in on a company that suits them, and that is really all that matters as far as the company goes. Everything else is going to be mostly dependent on yourself and how you conduct yourself out here on the road. I drive for Knight, and I love it. I also drove for Western Express and loved it. There are people at Knight who will swear up and down that it is a terrible place to work - the same goes for Western Express. What makes the difference is that you prove yourself able to adjust to this lifestyle, and be productive at it. Each of the companies you are considering would love to have a safe productive driver that is easy to work with. All three of those characteristics come from the driver. That is what you've got to focus on.

-Productivity/Efficiency

-Safety

-Being a Team Player who doesn't moan and groan

If you can prove to be good at each of those three things you will do well at just about any company willing to hire you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Curt S.'s Comment
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Thanks old school. I am determined to be the right employee no matter where I work. Because of hearing great wisdom from everyone in this forum. The right company is the one where I will be the right employee. Thanks for helping out a brand new newbie

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Assuming they would hire me I am wondering if it matters which company I should sign with.

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Curt, as a fairly new member in our forum I realize you probably aren't familiar with my history or introduction into trucking. I learned some valuable lessons as I entered this field for a second career at the age of 53. One of those things is that the name on the doors of your truck is really not that important. We teach folks to settle in on a company that suits them, and that is really all that matters as far as the company goes. Everything else is going to be mostly dependent on yourself and how you conduct yourself out here on the road. I drive for Knight, and I love it. I also drove for Western Express and loved it. There are people at Knight who will swear up and down that it is a terrible place to work - the same goes for Western Express. What makes the difference is that you prove yourself able to adjust to this lifestyle, and be productive at it. Each of the companies you are considering would love to have a safe productive driver that is easy to work with. All three of those characteristics come from the driver. That is what you've got to focus on.

-Productivity/Efficiency

-Safety

-Being a Team Player who doesn't moan and groan

If you can prove to be good at each of those three things you will do well at just about any company willing to hire you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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The "right" company for you is the one that generally has the freight you'd most like to haul, has home time sufficient for your personal needs, and has pet and rider policies, if those are important to you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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