Truck Driving Jobs Increasing Slightly - Student Truck Drivers Finding Work

by Brett Aquila

CDL students are having better luck finding truck driving jobs as we move deeper into 2009 than they were at the beginning of the year and many trucking companies have either begun increasing their hiring numbers or are removing the hiring freezes they've had in place in recent weeks. A couple of authors of their own trucking blogs on TruckingTruth have found success landing class A trucking jobs by taking two different paths through their CDL training. We've also heard a number of success stories from visitors to our website about landing jobs with companies that provide CDL training or getting pre-hires that will take effect after they graduate from truck driving school.TruckerMike, who has a blog here on TruckingTruth just graduated from school on February 20th and got his CDL from an independent truck driving school in Illinois. A few weeks prior, while attending classes, TruckerMike was pre-hired by a national refrigerated carrier and was thrilled because it was his number one choice of trucking companies to work for. Unfortunately, soon after that the company told Mke they had to postpone his orientation date until after April 1st because of a hiring freeze.

Well, Mike had another pre-hire from a dry van carrier but it certainly wasn't the company he had wanted to go with. But it was starting to look like he would have no choice. I mean, in today's bad economy you have to take a job if you can find one and Mike certainly wasn't complaining. He never does. But as luck would have it, the refrigerated carrier that he had originally hoped to get on with removed their hiring freeze and Mike is heading there to begin his orientation class on March 2nd. That was spectacular news and we're all pullin for him in a big way! You can follow along with Mike's trucking blog about his CDL training.

A couple of weeks ago, another author on our site, Scott.P, was accepted into the company sponsored CDL training program at Central Refrigerated - a national refrigerated carrier out of Utah. He's in the process of completing the initial portion of their truck driver training program and getting ready to head out on the road with a trainer within the next couple of weeks. He will then return to complete his CDL exam before finishing his training and getting into his own truck. You can follow along with Scott's days in trucking school as he documents everything he goes through right from day one.

Several other visitors to our site have also had success in recent weeks getting into the company sponsored CDL training programs of Central Refrigerated, Prime Trucking, Driver Solutions, and C.R. England.

So for any of you that are considering becoming a truck driver, it's clear that there are still a number of opportunities available for people to get into the trucking industy and find a job. One thing I'm hearing more and more from new students is for those of you that decide to go to an independent truck driving school, if you work with the school on getting pre-hired by a trucking company, you can either wind up getting a grant from the state to pay for your schooling, or the financing will be easily available for you. There are also a lot of trucking companies that will make your student loan payments for you as long as you are working for the company - so ask your job placement director at the school about these options.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
by Brett Aquila

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