Profile For Karl E.

Karl E.'s Info

  • Location:
    Carlisle, PA

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 3 months ago

Karl E.'s Bio

I work for a company that staffs CDL drivers. I divide my time between management and recruitment.

I read thousands of applications each year, and talk to hundreds of drivers each month. So while I'm not out on the road, I have a unique view of what employers want and what drivers bring.

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Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Why do OTR companies think they are such hot stuff?

From a recruiters perspective I can tell you one of the issues is simply a very pragmatic one. People who claim they want to be OTR, but haven't done it before don't really know what they are getting into. So if I put them in a truck doing OTR, I often get the call, "this isn't for me". Neither the carrier nor I find that to be very successful.

On the other hand if you tell me you did OTR team work for 4 years taking mushrooms from Philly to Saint Louis, I can trust your knowledge of the life style is sufficient to believe you really will run Carlisle to LAX over and over again.

As for insurance restrictions, those are real too, but there are plenty of carriers who would make you OTR based on your experience.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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I'm quitting C.R. England because of low miles

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But Conway here they pay 19.01 a hour on the dock and I think .53 cpm to start

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Wow! 53 cpm is amazing for starting pay. It's amazing for ending pay!

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But even if those guys were cranking out 120,000 miles per year they'd have to be making 83 cpm to hit $100,000 in earnings. That pay per mile and total earnings are more than double the industry average and that's if you're cranking out some pretty good miles.

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Oh I know that now but when I worked there on the dock and they said that my jaw dropped and that's when I got to thinking about becoming a trucker lol

The best jobs I've seen have good mileage pay, but they overlay that with stop and layover pay. I have a fellow who was doing Monday to Friday - 2400 miles, and with the addiitons making 1,500+ week. Which made his W-2 80K +

The one fellow I know that makes over 100K does hand truck delivery of grocery in NYC.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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I'm quitting C.R. England because of low miles

But I promise you.....if you jump ship instead of working things out every time things don't go your way you'll be like a guy I got an email from the other day. He said he's had four trucking jobs in the last year and now nobody will hire him. Geez......shocking.

The drivers who really have it made are the ones that stick with a company for a while, do a stellar job, get on with a solid dispatcher, and get to know some of the managers so they can make a quick phone call and get things fixed if they aren't going like they should. But jumping ship just means you wind up at the bottom again where you have to spend months proving yourself all over again.

But I've gotta say....there's no defending 26 cents per mile. I'll give you that. I just hate to see someone jump ship because they're not getting good miles. That's a problem that can be easily fixed if you're a great driver, or a problem that will follow you everywhere you go if you're not. But it's really not a reason to leave a company. That's like leaving when your truck breaks down. You don't quit over that. You get it fixed.

I agree. I review hundreds of applications each month, and job jumping, suggests a pattern of instability.

I'm sure somebody switched jobs 5 times in 3 years for perfectly legitimate reasons, but since most don't, I have to put the application in the "how desperate are we" file.

I would strongly suggest you see about getting more miles. Also are there any scheduled increases in the mileage pay? I'm assuming it is so low, in exchange for the cost of the training?

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