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    Omaha, NE

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    3 years, 10 months ago

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

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:  3 weeks ago

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Falcon transport abruptly shuts down

In a situation like this what is the drivers responsibility? I understand they said to stop working, but is the driver required to deliver that load? Make it to the (former) terminal? Park it anywhere they want? I'd still be worried about equipment abandonment or quit under dispatch being on my DAC. I Hope I never have to deal with such a mess.

Rob T. - I am not a lawyer, so I'll leave that up to someone else, but I can tell you that when things like this happen, experienced companies and recruiters know about it. There is very little Falcon could put on a verification or on the DAC that would make any difference with an end date of April 2019 now.

Everyone knows what happened. No one will hold it against you unless they are clueless or it has nothing to do with this "event".

That being said - verifying employment is going to be a pain in the You-Know-What, so I HIGHLY recommend that any Falcon drivers keep their W2's, or 1st/Last Paystubs and any accident reports with them so that they can be used to verify employment if Falcon doesn't set up a system to do so.

Save yourself the headache because 600 driver might be out of a job, but 6,000 drivers just updated their resume's to say they also worked for Falcon Transport for the last 'X' Ammount of Years" and hoping no one checks. (The good ones always check).

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Falcon transport abruptly shuts down

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In a situation like this what is the drivers responsibility? I understand they said to stop working, but is the driver required to deliver that load? Make it to the (former) terminal? Park it anywhere they want? I'd still be worried about equipment abandonment or quit under dispatch being on my DAC. I Hope I never have to deal with such a mess.

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I'm sure that wouldn't be a problem since they told everyone to stop what their doing, and their fuel cards was turned off already so those who was low on fuel would have to buy their own to make it anywhere.

According to some of their drivers their fuel cards were turned off already, as the announcement was made.

Yeah - I was getting mixed messages on that. I heard fuel cards were still working on Sat/Sun, but now I am hearing they were turned off immediately. With 600 Drivers and 6 Million other people commenting on it, I am having a hard time getting a straight message out here in cyber-space.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Falcon transport abruptly shuts down

A very ****ty thing to do, I've been following it since it was announced. A lot of drivers and some companies are offering to help those left on the road find a way to get home and offering employment.

I don't want this to come off as a recruiting pitch - but the best parterships are based on having mutual goals. This is one of those times.

If you're looking for regional or OTR work, we have lanes throughout OH, MI & PA. We have a Northeast dedicated run as well that can get you through home weekly, running between Omaha & NYC.

I don't want to leave a link or phone number here because I respect this place and don't want to abuse anything for free advertising, but if you know a Falcon Transport driver, or you are one, please feel free to contact me.

(Mods - if this is against ANY rules, please delete, I am not trying to be anything but helpful. No hard feelings if you need to delete.)

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why do student truckers take Greyhound to school?

Other than the hassle of returning them, rental cars are usually the same price, or cheaper for the company. And they allow drivers to pack more stuff. But in our situation, we are hiring professional drivers with years of safe driving under their belts, not rookies.

But most drivers are still pretty happy to find out they are getting a rental car vs a bus ticket, and I always tell them "If you're approved by my safety dept to drive a quarter-million dollar truck + a Trailer + a Load, I feel pretty safe about renting you a Chrysler 200 to get here."

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why Won't This Company Let You Tarp On Their Property?

I think you redacted more than you meant to!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Help me help a friend

Is Old School a LeaseOp Driver? or O/O now?

Maybe I missed something, but I was pretty sure he's a company driver...

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Unless the regional position is giving you a guaranteed salary if you meet the "quota"? You're gonna make squat. Even meeting the quota can be a problem. You're not likely to get enough miles to make it worthwhile earning whatever cents per mile.

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Old School, I'm specifically referring to Prime's SE regional & what I was told by my FM. If you're a L/O or O/O & you get high paying loads then you can do great. As a company driver, you're just not going to get enough miles to make the kind of money we make OTR.

Also, being a seasoned pro like yourself will allow one certain insights & privilege that a solid relationship with a FM brings & avoiding delays that I'm still learning to avoid. A shipper or receiver that you interact with regularly is more accommodating than ones you see once, maybe twice your whole life out here.

That said, Knight's sliding scale pay structure helps when getting lots of shorties. Maybe Knight has many more accounts in certain areas than Prime. We just lost a huge account in the SE. Maybe that's why Prime suspended hiring in CA, GA & FL.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Help me help a friend

Truth Bomb INCOMING!!!!

The key to making money in trucking has very little to do with your job, your company, or your area. You've got to figure out how to be above average - you've got to be productive. You can't lay the blame for below average performance on anybody else - you are in charge of your productivity, not your dispatcher, not your company. I wish I had more time to deal with this subject, but I've got to get on the road. Hopefully some of you will respond and I can jump back in here later.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Failed drug test, never done drugs.

But here is the thing. When you go and take a drug test, they use a "dipstick method", which can be flawed - but in your favor. Which is why (if you test positive) they have you give another sample that they use a much more expensive and accurate test on. If you show positive on that 2nd test - you have drugs in your system.

The fact of the matter is, when discussing the accuracy of the drug testing and the fail rates, the numbers are wildly in the favor of the drivers, since the rate of failure is mostly on the "false-negative" side.

A Positive drug screen is accurate over 94-98% of the time. (and the subject is cleared by the 2nd test). A Negative drug screen shows an accuracy of only 83%.

So basically, if you're not using, you're literally fine. If you are using, you still have a .170 chance of getting away with it. (Which is the current batting avg of MLB All Star Chris Davis)

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Failed drug test, never done drugs.

Don't want truckers to start this as an excuse, but I have read that having a UTI can result in great number of false-positives.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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No really what are my chances

This is pretty standard. We only have 70 trucks and we do that too.

I can only speak for TMC, but they would want to know what you were doing for those 17 years and want to call somebody to verify it.

So much so, we ALL were brought into a large room and each given a sheet with our reported employment and home address information and were advised that to go forward, any gaps would need to be addressed and contacts to verify gaps given.

That being said, I'd suspect that not all companies operate that way.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Trucking Companies That Hire With DUIs

My company will hire driver's with a DUI, but it has to be at least 7 years old. And honestly, it's more like 10 years old because if you have a DUI, we do require you to have a basically perfect driving record and at least 60 months of OTR driving in the last 6 years.

So - if you're an experienced driver with an old DUI, have learned how stupid that was, and are looking for a good company again - you know where to find me. I can't make any promises other than I will do my best to get you approved.

I am posting this for a new member whose comment I rejected based on attitude and bashing his company. I truly hope that he can realize with 2 DUI's on his record, he was lucky to get hired by anyone. Also, if he stays at his current company for a year and proves himself worthy, it may open some doors for him. He may need to work at a company that pays less for awhile before moving up the pay scale.

Company DUI policies

The information is important, so I wanted to make it visible to him and others searching.

Also, I am sure without the negativity and attitude, future posts will be approved. It is our goal here at Trucking Truth to help drivers succeed, but decorum is important as well.

Good Luck.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Finding my place.

I'm sure there is an answer for you out there, but many will likely tell you that truck driving and family are a tough combo to balance. Especially starting right out the gate. You may have to make sacrifices for a few years. I just wish more people would be up front with drivers when it comes to this, especially new ones.

Hello, I went to Truck Driving school as Retraining after an injury at a previous job. I was lied to by the school I went to (which is why I went to Western Pacific instead of the school I knew) about job placement and being able to get a local job with weekends to spend with the family. Now I have to make a decision on where to go from here. I'm in Winlock WA which is about 15 miles from Chehalis and 20 from Longview but all the companies around here want 2+ years of experience or they won't look at you some will offer you a job but have rediculous expectations. The closest semi local position I have been offered is with Swift running for Walmart. Originally they said weekends home but now the recruiter is telling me probably Tues and Wednesdays. I know my religious issues could technically force their hand or lose the position for me. Kind of stuck and I'm outdated on job hunting and feel like I'm missing something. I've had a few other offers also but they turned out to be flakes. How do I balance my family obligations with the issues I'm having? Any good advice or leads would be great.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for new position

Its all in the way they say it.

It will show up as:

Terminated Employment Cause: Company Policy Violation, Unsatisfactory Safety Rating

Be ready to talk about it.

I know here at my company, that is a 36 month "no hire" violation. Same as a "Following to Closely" citation with accident, or DOT record-able Accident with Injuries. Insurance companies are not playing around with CDL holders.

At least you were lucky that it was a company catching you, DOT would have that on your MVR/PSP for 3 years (or more in some states!)

Source: I'm the hiring manager and I run all the reports and do all the background checks when drivers apply.

I was in downtown Minneapolis. I was checking my gps and moved my wheel too hard and it set off my camera.

The only thing an ex employer can disclose is that they terminated me. I just have never been terminated from a position before.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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FMCSA clarifies personal conveyance - "even if laden"

Well then the news from this week must be REALLY old!

www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-drivers-dont-overthink-personal-conveyance-time

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With CFI we can use it per the law up to 50 miles or one hour. For example, you are at a shipper and run out of hours. We are able to get to the nearest safe place to park for our 10 hour break. The PC time must be used as part of that break. If there is truck parking 2 miles from the shipper and it's in the opposite direction you need to head in the morning and a nice truck stop 5 miles away, guess where you're sleeping? By the way this is old news.

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The law change is old news. The clarification was in the news on the 8th

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime' s employment verification/background...being sent home

I get what he is saying.

•DOT requires carriers verify 3 years. •We go one step farther, and verify the last 5 years. •On our application though, We ask for a full 10 year history on the application, and make sure it lines up with DAC/PSP/Older applications. Just gives us a better idea of a driver's experience.

So while we do ask for 10 years, we really only do hardcore verifying on the last 5 years, and just a cursory glance at the oldest 5 years.

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WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE SAY? you got responses then you asked again. you asked a recruiter and you dont believe him and dont believe us.

they, like all employment verification will ask "From what dates was he employed and is he hirable again?" aka was he fired?

The paper specifically says "3 years for all nondriving jobs and 10 years for any CDL driving jobs"

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What paper? Their site says they want 3 years initially then all 10 once there for EVERYONE. You tell me they're "very tough and selective". So why wouldn't I be skeptical when they tell me they only verify three years?? It's not that I don't believe you or them, however because of a inconsistency, I cant help but be a little confused.

Are they rehireable? What an unfair question. I had a crazy chef I worked for. Busted my ass..had to quit. When I quit, he was very upset because my notice was only a week/he's crazy, always mad, always throwing things. He told me if anyone called he would tell them he wouldn't hire me again. But I wasn't fired, I quit. Hopefully I can give them Hr's direct number and he'll never be contacted. If direct supervisors are contacted, I might be screwed.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime' s employment verification/background...being sent home

As a recruiter, I can tell you that 98% I don't care what happened to you at Jimmy Johns. or QuikTrip. Or ShopKo. Especially if you were in school.

Unless it is something that reflects on a bigger issue - drug/alcohol use, violence, or chronically repeated issues of time management issues, but that's a stretch.

DO THEY CARE IF YOU'VE BEEN FIRED FROM NON DRIVING JOBS? What do they ask employers when they call? Also it is indeed 10 years at orientation regardless of commercial experience....

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Man’s world

Hey man (and ladies!) I get it. Sometimes you're busy, and you gotta go. But public ain't the right place.

But... if you're gonna do it in public, don't do it in a crowded, concrete area. Find some nice cover, go in the grass/dirt and don't litter.

In my camping days, I called it "Using the La-Tree" (play on "Latrine" that's hard to convey with text, but its funny, right? RIGHT? come on, its not just me that chuckles at my jokes... right?!?)

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Man’s world

We call 'em "Step-Squatters" over here. Some are better/slicker than others, and just appear to be sitting on a step or bumper... BUT WE KNOW! lol

Hold on just a minute!

I recently saw a lady driver climbing out of her truck rather quickly, pulled her pants down to her ankles as she squatted with her back against her drive tires, and let it flow. I didn't need to see that!

That stale smell of urine in the truck stop lot isn't solely the responsibility of the Male truckers. You stay out here long enough Donna, and there's just no telling what all you will see. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, but it all gives us three lifetimes of stories to share with our friends and family.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Is Anyone Doing Anything About the Shortage of Truck Parking?

The best suggestion I have to avoid parking troubles is to drive at night.

The night drivers never seem to have the parking issues that day drivers do.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Easy live unload

One of my drivers was telling me about this the other day - he had a load of carrots - said "they unloaded me really fast!" and took these pictures:

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