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Jrod's Bio

I am the Director of Recruiting & Retention at Greater Omaha Express. I also handle all of our marketing and social media pages (Including our YouTube Channel!). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD4BessWEbj-c_yRXLNsx-LydErQ4orXu

I also built our website just for prospective drivers: www.GOECareers.com Pay Chart, Benefits, Hometimes for every state and region, equipment descriptions and photos - its all on there!

We are a company that does require 2 years of recent OTR experience, so I'm just here to help new drivers make the best decisions for their career down the road. My best advice? Your first company is likely just as good as 99% of the other companies out there. If you hated trucking your first year, and you still hated it your second year... It's probably not the company. Not everyone is cut out for trucking, but those who are will be valued by any company they choose to drive for.

I can answer almost any questions about the application process, backgrounds, reports, work history issues, MVR, PSP, DAC, etc... Don't hestiate to ask me anything you think I can help you with. I'm here for the love of the game. This website is an INCREDIBLE resource for drivers at any stage of their career, and I always try to steer truckers to come check it out.

- Jerrod

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Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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Trans Am Trucking Employment or Non Employment Question?

I recieved my CDL on 19 June, 2020.

Attended Trans Am trucking orientation 29 June, 2020.

After three days of orientation it was clear that Trans Am offered no "Trainer" on the road. No "trainer" at all. They said they once did but no longer offer a trainer.

Ok, here I am a brand new holder of a CDL with less than 100 miles on the street and those miles with a drivers school instructor and the state examiner. No solo time at all..........nothing at all.

Trans Am offers a week (more or less) orientation then if you pass orientation you have a truck by yourself, solo, no training at all. On the street with a truck, solo.

No way was I ready to be on the road with up to 80,000 pounds, seventy feet or so with no training.

Trans Am told me that they once did offer a trainer but no longer do. I was told that I could sign a "Voluntary Withdrawal" which I did sign.

To me the Trans Am policy was at least dangerous and irresponsible and I was not ready nor prepared to be on the road by myself.

Since that time I've signed on with CFI . A week of orientation A test drive with a CFI trainer to be sure I have at least a basic driving knowledge/skill. Three or four weeks on the road with a Trainer that CFI calls a "Finisher" Then after the time on the road with a "Finisher" I'll have a written test and a driving test, which includes an "obstacle course" and some backing skills before I'm considered safe/reasonably competent.

CFI's program is to me outstanding. I need the training and I want the training.

Ok, here's my rub with Trans Am. They report me that I was employed by them. I left orientation after three days. I recieved not one penny compensation from Trans Am nor any type of compensation/pay , nothing what so ever. I recieved not a penny nor did I want anything at all from them. I didn't ask for anything, didn't want nor expect anything, recieved nothing after three days only of orientation, but am reported as was empolyed by them.

This is causing me an issue.

I'm not all that crazy about Trans Am Trucking. They have the policies that work for them but those policies I will not agree to . I didn't agree to the program and declined Trans Am employment however they report me as an ex employee.

Of course I'm contesting any so called employment with Trans Am Trucking.

Now that I'm in the industry for about a month I'm learning that some of Trans Am's policies are very much Trans Am's and not industry standards per se.

Any past experiances with Trans Am like mine?

Basically, as soon as you pee in a cup, you "worked" there. DOT requires all future employers to collect all pre-employment & random drug screen from all previous "employers". If you don't list TransAm, and the company you applied to finds out later (or on the DAC), they could be on the hook for not obtaining the required D&A testing results from TransAm, and they can terminate you for "falsified application".

As someone who hires truckers for a living, just put that on your application. "Never finished orientation, Not a good fit for me". Unless you have 4-5-6 similar situations, most places won't hold it against you.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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New driver failed drug test

With friends like that, who needs drug dealers.

Remember when ladies only had to worry about unattended drinks at the club getting roofied? Now folks are just giving away free drugs!?

College age me is jealous. 25 years later, current me...not as much. I would be very upset.

Prospects are going to be low. If you find a carrier, stick with them for at least 36-60 months and then about 80% of the job market will open back up for you. You & your friend definitely made it much harder to have a smooth start in trucking.

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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AI technology is now playing a bigger role in driver-facing camera surveillance

Let me start this with: I don't like driver facing cameras, and my company does NOT have them.

I sit in the office all day, so its different, I do get that. There is no camera in my bedroom at home where I live. But while I'm at the office, 60 hours of my week usually, my boss is able to see me, he could stand behind me all day if he was so inclined to do so. I'm constantly able to be monitored on multiple security cameras if my boss so desired to as well. There is no "triggering event" that turns on those cameras, they are always rolling (mostly watching the doors and hallways, but like most businesses, the cameras cover the while inside and outside of the property, including us office drones. I don't live in the office, so I understand it is vastly different than driver cams, and this is a sensitive subject, but I do get it. While I'm working, I have 0 privacy.

Could the cameras be hardwired (by Lynx/Manufacturer) to ONLY be accessible when the driver is listed as "On-Duty" or in the event of an accident?

It seems like its coming (like eLogs) no matter what. We can fight it tooth and nail until we are eventually disappointed and bitter... OR... we can find out how to make it work best for both drivers and bean-counters. Maybe drivers should also have a log-in and have 100% access to all recordings from their truck? Maybe we should be focusing on the fact that taking a drink or having a smoke are NOT activities that are going away, and they need to be 100% acceptable and not held against a driver.

TL;DR - Instead of denying the fact that tomorrow is coming, maybe we should make plans for how to best deal with tomorrow?

Personally, I have always joked that if I was a driver with a Driver Cam, I'd either be constantly naked or wear ridiculous outfits and make sure my nose picking skills were Oscar worthy. (To be fair, I'm sort of a weirdo)

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Why does it not look like mega carriers are only 14% of the trucking industry?

Quoted for Truth!~

People say "I never realized there were so many red mustang's on the road until (I) bought one."

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Alcohol and hair testing

Our Randoms include a breathalyzer, but our Pre-Employment DOT screenings do not.

Alcohol & Trucking don't mix.

Even if you bought beer to take home, if they find a 6 pack in your cab, or an unopened flask of your favorite spirit, case closed.

Since I started in the industry, I have been SHOCKED at how many drivers just don't drink at all. Like ever. Even on vacation.

Compared to the General Population, my guess is that there are far more drivers who completely abstain from alcohol.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New Article From Old School: Mediocrity Reaps No Rewards

I love what Dave is doing with all the Trucking News Summaries each week... but what got me here and what got me HOOKED on TruckingTruth was posts like this from proven, successful drivers, just like this one! Posts from drivers like Old School, Rainy, G-Town (And Brett too!) and many other talented truck drivers, these are the posts that build up the loyalty and confidence in the TT brand!

Thanks for posting, Old School! Don't leaving us hanging without your wisdom for that long anymore! lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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U.S. Senator blasts FMCSA for lack of accountability and increased crashes

Unfortunately, deaths are up and accidents are up, and while the vast majority are because of 4-Wheelers... its not all of them.

It looks like they got their finger on the right pulse, based on that article. Its some of these smaller, independent companies, perhaps Chicago based companies with roots in Eastern Europe (Not exclusively, by any means). Pull a PSP report and most large carriers have clean inspections, but you'd be shocked at what I have seen from smaller carriers. Technically, vehicle inspections are "on the driver" but many of the things I see on the DOT reports from smaller companies just scream "drive the truck or you're fired" type scenarios. I don't think things will change much for the 100+ trucking companies, but for some of the smaller outfits that may (or may not) have been skirting the rules? I think they better prepare for a flashlight to be shoved up their tailpipes because its coming.

Some of this might just be capitalism too. The Megas aren't off the hook. They have the most influence and the most pull in DC, and the Mega Carriers also make Mega campaign donations. Some of these smaller companies DO need cleaning up, no argument from me, but at least some of this Senatorial beatdown smells like a "market share" power grabs from the big guys. Unfortunately, because fatality accidents are up and there are so many smaller companies skirting the rules, they have a perfect smoke screen to pull a power move against some of the smaller carriers who might be hauling freight that they want.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Smuggled migrants, Prime settlement, USF Holland lawsuit, truck road damage

I have a feeling Rhode Island and other will start using this study in their defense of Truck Only tolls.

"40x more damage to the road" is going to be a tough argument to fight against. I don't like it, but I don't think this will be a fight that truckers come out on top of.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Yes! I'm clear - Thank you for asking! I got my results yesterday around 2:00 PM and was back in the office by 2:45 PM, lol!

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Land Line Mag ran an interesting article where they interviewed a handful of truck drivers who were diagnosed with COVID-19, if you're curious as to how they handled it and what the process to getting back on the road was.

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What ever happened with YOUR results, Jrod? Did they clear you to return to the office finally ?!?!?! (Brad says hi, btw....)

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Land Line Mag ran an interesting article where they interviewed a handful of truck drivers who were diagnosed with COVID-19, if you're curious as to how they handled it and what the process to getting back on the road was.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Reefer Companies that Fuel at PIlot/Flying J

Greater Omaha Express.

We are the in-house carriers for Greater Omaha Packing, we haul beef in 53ft reefers exclusively. We have a 90 truck fleet. We only fuel at Pilot/Flying J We do require 2 years of OTR experience.

Here is a link to our website if you want more info - I'm not trying to recruit here, but how could I not answer your question?! lol

Hey everyone, sort of a weird question but can I get some suggestions medium to large reefer companies that fuel primarily at Pilot/Flying J or give their drivers the option of where to fuel? Pilot/Flying J is my preferred truck stop and I was looking at WEL but from what I've gathered they pretty much seem to fuel at TA/Petro, which isn't a deal breaker but I would like to see what else is out there. Thanks!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I know the 'fun' theory is to claim everyone who dies gets labeled as COVID and that all 900,000 active US medical doctors and all 2500 US Medical Examiners are all in 100% agreement to make this mislabling happen because_________. Obviously.

But the only actual information I can find keeps leading to states covering up and hiding COVID deaths.

Example from Today: Texas forced to admit 600 unreported COVID deaths

Or: Florida Suddenly Has a Pneumonia Epidemic - Are 7x More People Dying From Pneumonia in Florida?

Or:

And I'm not even sure its political:

"Inaccurate death reporting is a long-standing problem in the US. A review of Missouri hospitals in 2017, for example, found nearly half of death certificates listed an incorrect cause of death. A Vermont study found 51% of death certificates had major errors. Nearly half of the physicians the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed in 2010 admitted that they knowingly reported an inaccurate cause of death."

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Jrod, that column you sorted by the last time is "New Deaths" which is the # of deaths a country reported for that day only.

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I don't think it's a vast political conspiracy. (I'd love to be wrong about that though, I bet it would make an amazing story!)

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Oh you're definitely wrong about that. It's an amazing story the same way Hitler's was an amazing story. It's the story of sociopaths who fought their way to the top of the food chain and manipulated the world for their personal gains. The same story as humanity has lived for thousands of years, only the actors and the methods change.

I meant the reason we all can't have pet lions in our apartments isn't a vast conspiracy.

But I agree - we are run by sociopaths in congress, the senate and the whitehouse. The #1 factor in deciding who should be in charge of the US should be "Reject anyone who wants the job".

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I just don't know how any of us can even make sense of the statistics. I have had two friends with stage 4 cancers die recently. Both of them were counted as Covid deaths. How can that kind of tomfoolery give us any clear insight into what's actually going on?

We can't even discuss this virus without it being political. Our country's political players have embedded the whole thing with their influence.

Did they have COVID? If someone is already weakened by stage 4 cancer, COVID is going to steal some of those precious weeks and months of life.

Not to make light of the situation at all, but here is how someone smarter than me explained it to me:

If I have terminal cancer and get run over by a clown car fleeing the keystone cops, I died from being run over by a clown car. Maybe I could have survived the clown car strike if I didn't have cancer, but in my weakened state, my life ended because Bozo (and 30 of his fellow clowns) lost control of a polka-dotted Ford Festiva.

Now replace Clown car with COVID.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Forgot the screen shot. There it is - the USA at #11 out of 200.

0200737001595626085.jpg I'd also like to point out the circled column... Places that got hit relatively hard found a way to stop the spread almost immediately...as if by magic. Is it crazy to say we should look at how those countries handled it? We have the largest economy in the world, we should be able to do anything another country can do. This is America. What can't our nation do? What enemy can we not defeat? What job can't we do? Let's forgive our knee jerk reactions from when this started, throw out what we said about the virus back in February, and work together so our kids still have grandparents to spoil them next year. We've already lost more Americans to COVID than we did to World War I. But the only enemy we seem to be fighting against is ourselves.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

WorldOMeters.info sorted for deaths per 1 million population again shows the United States below the top 10.

Correct! With all of our money, resources and access to modern hospitals, Americans don't finish in the Top 10 when it comes to deaths per million.

We're #11 ! (Out of 215 countries)

We are in the bottom 5%. This is America, and this is embarrassing.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I should have also said COVID "Cases" in my original post, and not "deaths". Mea culpa - that is on me. I scrolled back up and I was like "crap".

Still not sure how I politicized it though. There is an overwhelming connection between countries with low mask compliance having the worst rates of infections, and the countries with the highest mask usage having the lowest rates.

But going back, and playing with the columns... I'm not sure which column someone can click on that makes it seem like companies should be boycotted for protecting their employees (by asking customers to wear masks?). Again, TX & FL have more cases than the entire globe, minus those 5 top countries I mentioned. Its not New York anymore, its hitting people like us.

We can argue semantics all we want, sure, move things around if you want, switch some columns, church it up, but I can't find a single view where it appears that the USA isn't one of, if not THE, worst countries on the planet in regards to handling COVID19.

This is America. We should be the best. We should be leading from the front. Not making excuses. But right now, it feels like America is playing the part of the "I know better than my trainer" trucker who ignores reality and the advice of the successful trucker who is trying to help them. You know how that story goes. The driver fails, makes excuses, and then blames industry for their failures. The exact type of thing we try to help drivers avoid. I learned this from you!

Clearly the "do whatever you want regarding masks" didn't work out very well for America when you compare it to any of the countries with mandated mask wearing. I don't like anyone telling me what to do either, (besides my wife - love you honey!) but there is a reason the government doesn't let everyone have pet lions in their apartments... and I don't think its a vast political conspiracy. (I'd love to be wrong about that though, I bet it would make an amazing story!)

The article quotes drivers saying they will boycott Pilot because Pilot is protecting their employees from a virus that is tearing through the country right now. There are 100 reasons to dislike Pilot, but reducing the risk of infection to their employees seems like an emotional overreaction.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

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And this is a screen shot from the link you just shared... weird, its exactly the top 5 I listed!

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That's because you have it sorted by the wrong column. Jrod, I'm sure you're a fine recruiter, but a statistician you are not.

I didn't touch a thing. Just clicked his link. Yes, I could have sorted it any number of ways, but I didn't want to start moving goal posts. Just clicked his link and that's how it defaults.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Wrong on deaths

Coronavirus deaths.

BTW everyone who says don't politicize masks then goes on to make s political statement

What part of what I said was political?

And this is a screen shot from the link you just shared... weird, its exactly the top 5 I listed!

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Fighting the Trucking industry.

There's a case going through the state of New Mexico right now which would set a requirement for failed applicants to have the right to request an official review by upper management of the decision to not hire that was made by the companies' recruiters. I believe the defendant's lawyer is exploring taking the whole thing to class-action as well so that other failed applicants can seek recourse and possibly even compensation. I don't have time right now to Google the link for his office but if I recall the lawyer's name is Saul Goodman.

Seems weird. Decisions not to hire almost always come from upper management anyways. 99% Recruiters will hire any driver they can get approved.

All of the applications I approved still have to be reviewed and approved by Safety & Insurance.

Remember, companies are risking millions to make thousands- with every hire. One bad accident that leads to a lawsuit can wipe out a company and force every employee at the carrier out of a job.

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