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    Reno, NV

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    8 months, 1 week ago

DoctorWho_214's Bio

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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First week at OD

So one week has passed being employed at OD. To start, my first 2 days were spent watching videos, paperwork, and computer work. I start the Driver Training program first week of November, up in Portland. I originally thought it would be sooner in Sacramento but hey, no complaints over here. They put me in dock work for the time being and, my goodness, my respect for the dock workers shot up the roof. Not that I didn't before but I guess as a driver I took that for granted. Never been on a forklift in my life, much less driven one but it took a week before I would call myself a beginner haha! Now because I have my CDL already they have me training as a yard hostler. I like the place and everyone seems to as well. A lot of the drivers I spoken to have been here multiple years and plan to retire here. Everyone has been helpful as far as the docks go and I can't wait until I get to start my linehaul gig once training finishes. I'll keep you guys updated on how it goes!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Got the call!

Yesterday was my first day at OD. They had me watch videos for the first few hours and fill out some paperwork. Then for the rest of the day I was getting trained with the dock work. I've never worked the dock a day in my life. When I was driving to shippers and receivers at my previous job, I saw some of the work they do with forklifts back and forth, fitting pallets of odd sizes into the trailers at the speed they were doing it, I thought I couldn't do that. But after following one of the dockworkers for a few rounds, they had me jump in the forlifts to work a trailer. The speed the other workers were going was crazy. Here I was driving that forklift like a semi, moving slow, checking around if I had clearance, trying not to hit anything. But the other guys were pretty cool about it. Never made me feel rushed or anything. I know it's only temporary until I start the driver training program but it was exciting learning something brand new. Looks like it will be 10 hour shifts for now but time goes by pretty quickly. I'll keep you guys posted on the journey!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Got the call!

I will let you know Bobcat. My scheduled time is in an hour. So far, I'm thinking it will be an orientation day today but if they need me to jump in dock work, I'm all for it!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Got the call!

Got the call from the OD terminal for my start date this morning! I start on the 6th of next month and I'll be working the docks until the driver training program starts!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Quick update: Last Friday, OD called and needed me to sign a release for DOT physical so since I was on the road, they had me swing by their Boise terminal to sign some paperwork. And still waiting on that call. I know the date of training starts on Oct 13 so I'm hoping I hear from them beforehand so I have enough time to put in my 2 weeks.

Cheers!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Hey Daniel. I wonder if I am included in that 6 in your class?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Nothing in the spam but when I spoke with the OM, he seemed surprised that I haven't received anything either. I'm sure it's not a big deal. Just trying to figure out when to send in my two weeks notice at my current place.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Thanks for the support guys. The manager said I was approved to start but I haven't received any paperwork or anything.. so just a little bit more waiting for me.

Bobcat, once again, I make no promises!

Daniel, looking forward to meeting you in person, got a lot to learn!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

So I got off the phone with the OM at OD terminal and that I just wanted to follow up on the application I put in and if there were any issues they found in my background check. He said that I was approved to start. He just needed to get a hold of HR to get a start date. The training class starts next month but if I wanted to start earlier, I would work the docks before class starts.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Hey Pack. Can you post that skeleton pic again?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Pretty much Pack. Had to stop myself from calling to see any updates to follow up. You're supposed to wait three days after the first date, right? 😂 Joking aside, would it be rude to call for a follow up?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Thanks! I'll be on the lookout for the call tomorrow.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Hey Daniel. Quick question. Got an email saying my background check was complete on Friday and I sent in the most recent DOT physical I have to OD. Everything sounds like it's going well. How soon does that phone call come in for that start date? Or whether they went with a different candidate? Also when is the next training class to begin this month or next month?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Pretty much Pack haha! I get updates as the background check goes and it says it will be complete anytime between now and next Tuesday. So just playing the waiting game for now.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Does anything change if I already have my class A CDL?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

I definitely intend to go through OD's driver training as soon as the background check is clear! I'm willing to work the docks when class is not in session to make some extra income. And I am definitely looking forward to getting this auto restriction off my CDL.

Bobcat, I make no promises about not grinding gears haha! By the way Daniel, what does the 1 week of training look like?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

I was able to go in for my road test yesterday, but it never started. I explained to the trainer my situation and at the beginning, he already had his doubts. We started the truck up and it became obvious that I had never driven a 10 speed truck before. You're supposed to fully press on the clutch to start the engine. No amount to youtube videos could have taught me that. Then he asked me to drive around the yard to pick up a dolly. Gotta say, the longest 100 yards or so of that poor truck, grinding gears and stalling at least twice. Made it halfway before he decided to talk to the manager to tell him that he didn't feel safe taking me out on the freeway hauling doubles when I couldn't even shift properly. I sat down with the hiring manager and he explained that I would need to go through their driving training program either in Sacramento or Reno, depending who had more students. The next class would start in October, so my background check would have to finish by then to get a call for my start date, if I was approved.

Before I go, I have to say, the trainer was awesome. He explained to me the situation that I wouldn't be able to test that day but encouraged me to do all I can and what I can do to get this position. Told me it was the best company he's ever worked for and I believe him. I'm hoping everything goes well and I'll keep you guys posted. Cheers!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone ever taken a leave of absence before?

That sounds like an awesome plan. There's been many places I pass by, especially around Oregon or Washington, that I would stop by if only I was in my personal vehicle. But yeah, trucking isn't your typical job where you can take time off just like that. You have to keep in mind the logistics and where to park your truck while you're on PTO or vacation. But I wouldn't trade it in for an office job at all. Enjoy your vacation time!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

I appreciate the vote of confidence. Have you personally trained someone with an automatic restriction? Did you take them to the DMV in the company truck to test?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interview update w/ ODFL

Quick update: Background check is taking a little bit, got my drug screening and road test on Friday. Hiring manager said I'll be sitting in with a driver for at least 6 weeks if I get the linehaul position. I'm hoping my auto restriction doesn't hurt my chances.

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