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    Omaha, NE

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    Jrod On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 7 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 days, 6 hours ago

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Glad I didn't have to pay for this

Yesterday I was ready to go to work. Tried to start my truck. Nothing. Ohoh! I was at home and itching to get back on the road. So I haul out the battery tester and the batteries were fully charged. So I call emergency maintenance and everybody suspects the starter went mother in law. They decide to have it towed to a repair facility about an hour away. I asked the tow truck driver how much the tow would cost. He didn't know exactly but said "over $1000 for sure". Then I called the repair shop this morning and yup, it was the starter. Supposed to be done this afternoon and then I have to find a ride to go get it, plus 2 days idle with no pay. (Not complaining, I had plenty to catch up on). All I can say is this one relatively minor breakdown cost the company a lot of money. Don't think the trucking companies are breaking the bank. How many loads will I have to complete to make up for this expense to the company? I'm guessing 10 or 15? I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for it.

Shhhhh... don't say things like that too loud! People might get upset to learn that trucking margins are tough and outside of the Giant carriers, the company owners don't all have Scrooge-McDuck-Gold-Coin Rooms! That's one of my favorite "Failed Trucker" posts on social media & trucking forums. "They pay me slave wages while buying a new (INSANELY EXPENSIVE ITEM) for his (SPOUSE/LOVER/KID)!"

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Here is an example of why we stress staying with your company for a full year.

Here is what the "slide" into tough times in trucking looks like:

"But they aren't nice to me and I heard this other company that hires drivers with under 1 year of experience is, like, totally super cool to drivers."

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

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I don't know how many times we've had new drivers in here begging for some secret way they can break their contract at CRST. Those guys don't play. They are serious about this. You agreed to let them pay your way through training and they want to see you help them get their investment in you back.

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If you break your contract with CRST, every time a company tries to verify your employment for the next 5 years they will get a letter like this:

And CRST will wait the full 29.5 days before verifying anything else. Those letters just tell other companies that trying to hire this driver is a waste of their time.

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Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

I don't know how many times we've had new drivers in here begging for some secret way they can break their contract at CRST. Those guys don't play. They are serious about this. You agreed to let them pay your way through training and they want to see you help them get their investment in you back.

If you break your contract with CRST, every time a company tries to verify your employment for the next 5 years they will get a letter like this:

And CRST will wait the full 29.5 days before verifying anything else. Those letters just tell other companies that trying to hire this driver is a waste of their time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Trucking vs Real Estate

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He said with trucking you can make $1500 a day.

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Aaron, you already know this guy has no credibility. You got yourself into the trucking business once. Were you making 1,500 dollars a day?

Maybe... just giving the benefit of the doubt as we are hearing this 2nd or 3rd hand... maybe the person stating this had a small fleet of trucks, like 4-6 trucks and was making $1500 per day.

OR

Maybe it was smaller and he meant $1500 per day before expenses, like the house was making him $300 before expenses...

OR

Maybe he's full of packing plant rendering material...

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Need to start looking for new job

Yeah good point Bobcat, yrc rumors have been going around for awhile now. Most recently heard Xpo has been trying to acquire them but not sure how that would work with a YRC being union.

Isn't XPO part of the largest trucking Union in the world?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Professionalism

While it's a good point, its a "Whattabouta" argument here.

"Let's fix A"

"But whattabouta C &D?"

"Let's talk about A for now"

What you say is true about sloppily dressed drivers with poor hygiene. Let's turn part of your comment around and ask why can't the shippers and receivers act like they actually give a damn, not treat show contempt towards drivers, and act in a professional and courteous manner?

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Here’s a pet peeve of mine. And I know everyone’s different. If you show up to a shipper or receiver, why don’t you try and look like you are ready to work? What ever happened to looking capable, competent and professional? Take pride in your appearance at least a little and maybe if we did that the trucking industry wouldn’t be so looked down upon.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Does Schneider have forced nyc dispatch for OTR?

Quoted for Truth.

Not sure where your not wanting to drive but starting your career off like this is not the smartest idea I have ever seen. Later on in your career you might be able to say your not going into a certain area but right now you have nothing to offer up. Zero experience. Hoping someone will give you a job.

On top of that - if you're a new driver who has never driven in NYC - how do you know it won't be your "knack"? Lots of drivers (even drivers who aren't from the NorthEast!) don't mind NYC at all. Many companies even pay extra for drivers who will go to NYC. Why take that off of your earning potential before you even get started? Yes, it can be a challenge, but so is driving the mountains in the winter, or being the driver who delivers to a customer in Chicago for the first time... Or trying to find an empty trailer in LA between 3 PM - 8 PM.

Don't let drivers who couldn't tell you that you can't - before you even try. Most profitable trucking companies aren't going to risk a customer or a cargo loss if they don't think you're up to it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wind Speed Chart

#Like!

Am I doing this social media stuff right? lol

Nice chart, G-Town.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Giving notice

Welcome to every other application I process... There is always a reason, and excuse and a mention of lawyers and lawsuits.

FYI - The lawyer stuff might not work out great with your posts on here...

Posted:  3 months ago

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Bath day

I have one of those "Faces for Radio"

Lol. Some of us belong in front of a camera. Then there are those of us that belong behind the camera lol.

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Ohhh its Buuhhtiful said in my jersey accent.

and im so glad you meant the truck and not you. lol

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Load shifted or not?

Beat me to it, Brett.

My first guess would be that they put load locks in there and it's pushing the walls out. For a load to shift in such a way that the walls bulge out would be really unusual.

I wouldn't go anywhere until you get those doors open and see what's going on. Let us know what you find.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Expunged Records - Should I Report This?

There are actually about 500 of those sites, And about 250 of them are run by the same person who will charge you $50 - $500 per site to remove them. Its a scam, and unfortunately, it appears to be totally legal. (I read a whole thing about this - its was terrifying/heartbreaking to see what these people do to folks who have been falsely accused or cleared of a crime.)

Thanks for advice. I've contacted perspectives employer. Explained, about expunged records. Was told no As long as I had papers, shouldn't be a problem, but of course it be management call. I know it's gone off court records, but I found it in self background check site. Really unfair. Still paying for something that never happened. I contacted, said sit, they say they to will remove, if I send them a copy of expunged also. However, I found out, there are over 100 such sites. An impossible task Thanks again for listening.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Verification

Its the company, period. Tenstreet is the road you travel on to get there. You can't blame the street if the store won't open their doors.

I spend 8 hours a day using Tenstreet - some companies are fast, some companies are slow. Tenstreet can usually help your recruiter if its been a week and they already have your verification on file from a different request in the past. But if its never been in the system before, its up to your former company.

Per DOT rules, they technically have to respond... in 30 days. But most companies respond ASAP because they don't want to get jerked around next time THEY need a Verification.

Drove for a year and went into the hospital, now looking at getting a local job, have a seasonal one lined up and last step was employment verification...passed everything else....middle of last week, verification request was sent to tenstreet website and is still pending..anyone have problems with this website before? Is this normal for tenstreet to take awhile for verification, or does it depend on the company?

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Puppies/Dogs on the road questions

Usually, if you bring them in young and small, you aren't going to have any problems after you've established yourself as a dependable driver. Most places aren't going to let a profitable driver go because their dog grew bigger.

I've also noticed a lot of companies have restrictions for dogs/pets based on weight. Huskies get pretty big, relatively speaking. Might wanna double check on your company's weight limit for dogs, if they have any.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Do I Get Background Information?

Go to HireRight and ask for a "CDLIS+" report.

It will list every drivers license number you have ever had in the US - some states go back as far as 30-40 years. It won;t give you dates, or violations, but it will list the state and the license number, so you can then run an MVR.

If you fill out an app with me, I'll run you one and send it to you...

I don't want to link or list a phone number, because this is a not the place for recruiting or advertising, but if you reach out to Brett, he can contact me and I will send you the info you need to contact me.

Good luck!

This is a question about how to get all your background information, before your potential employer gets it. My problem is that I lived in one state (Texas) for 30 years, and have long since forgotten some details about my driving record, except that the only ticket I remember paying was not in that state. [I did not have a CDL then.] I tried to get a copy of my driving record directly from TxDOT, but if you must have more than just your old license number to obtain that record off the TxDOT website - they also want some other data that is on your physical license - data I do not have. I also need to see what a potential employer is going to see when they get the driving record from the state where I am pretty sure I ended up paying a fine. - But how do I get that record? - I don't have a license number for that state? I am asking for advice here before I take the expensive step of hiring an attorney just to obtain information about myself that (obviously) potential employers can get. Oh, and I played around with some of those websites that claim to find data about anyone - got back a bunch of totally wrong data (maybe because I have a very common name)? Hopefully no potential employer uses those web sites! Anyone who has direct knowledge of how companies do background checks, and more importantly, how I can see the exact same data they will see, would be much appreciated

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Ain't no money in trucking...

I think sometimes, some people just don't understand how money works. While this is sort of rare, I probably have 1-2 applicants ask me what they are really getting paid per mile, after the company "steals" our "take" from the taxes! This really caught me off guard at first - Do they think the company is getting their taxes, or that we're not actually paying that money out?!? So while I'm on that topic, here is an actual conversation I had today with someone who applied, and this one was a doozy!:

Driver: "SO HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?" ---

Me: "our true otr drivers will avg $1100 - $1500 per week, right now we are pacing for a $65,600 avg in 2018 for our otr drivers. we have home weekend drivers that take shorter stuff that will probably make around $50,000, and we have our northeast dedicated drivers that will be in the $80,000+" ---

"NO - HOW MUCH DO YOU ACTUALLY PAY?" ---

"that is what we actually pay them" ---

"SO YOUR DRIVERS ARE CASHING 4 DIGIT CHECKS EVERY WEEK? YEAH RIGHT" ---

"are you asking what our avg net/gross pay is? we aren't the government, or your ex, and I don't know what other deductions you have taken out, or what you claim on your taxes. the number I gave you is literally what we pay, out of our company’s bank account, to our drivers. everyone is in a different tax situation, so i can't tell you what your actual net pay would be, I can only tell you what you likely income will be." ---

"SO ITS JUST A TRICK THEN? YOU TELL PEOPLE THEY WILL MAKE $1200 PER WEEK EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW THEY REALLY ONLY GET $750 PER WEEK?" ---

"again, I don't know what your tax situation is. I am giving you the literal amount of money that the company pays for your work. this sounds like more of a 'write your congressman situation' than a company situation. we are talking about your income. your income is how much you earn. whatever the gov takes out of your income is out of my hands." ---

"SO I'LL ONLY MAKE $750 FOR 7 DAYS OF WORK? THATS BS!" ---

"i don't know what they take out of your checks! I don’t know how else to tell you about how much you'll make. i can only tell you about what we pay. this is just exactly like every other job in the real world, your income is what you earned. this is not some scheme our company does, i'm not trying to trick anyone here. go online, look at any job listing, any company income review, at any type of work that isn't an "under-the-table-cash-only" situation. every income you see listed anywhere is gross. that is society’s agreed upon method of discussing income. the ‘net’ is up to you, your life, and your gov representatives. i don't know what deductions you have, and if i assume them and i am wrong, then you’ll call me a liar. this is why everyone talks about income, and not 'net income' because net involves factors that are impossible for me to know." ----

(This next part is probably not my best shining moment, but I was really frustrated, like "how do you not understand this?!?! What planet do you live on? And of course, I always bristle a little on the inside when I hear newer drivers complaining about pay that is at least $20k more than I will be taking home this year...I always try to remind myself that I get to go home every night and sleep in my bed, so I can't be too sore about it...)

"THIS SOUNDS LIKE JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CORPORATE GREED, COMPANIES JUST LOOKING TO RIP OFF A DRIVER AND KEEP US POOR. I'LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT" ---

"i will make it easy for you. You have 2.5 years of trucking and you’re already at 7 jobs…and no wonder, you have no idea how income works and you probably think everyone is lying to you about how much you'll make. I was trying to do you a favor by even processing your application for approval, you’re barely last 120 days at each job you hop to and i would have had to fight hard to get you approved with that sort of work history. I don’t think you’ll be a good fit here if you can’t even wrap your mind around the basic concept of income works. this is not some 'trucking industry' thing, this is how the entire workforce in the usa operates. Hows about you go get 18-24 months with a single carrier, a good referral, and then we can see about getting you approved to drive here. For now, we are going to have to decline your application."

"I KNEW YOU WERE JUST ANOTHER ******* TRUCKING C..."

(I just hung up on him. First time I have done that in a few years. Felt fired up, then immediately I felt guilty, but there are too many good drivers who need a good job to mess with a lost cause...)

Posted:  6 months ago

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Budgeting Tips For CDL School & Training - article by Rainy

I should really proof read these posts better before submitting!

1. Base your budget on the LOW end of your Avg Monthly Income.

2. Last Sentence: Than = Then

Posted:  6 months ago

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Budgeting Tips For CDL School & Training - article by Rainy

Excellent article! Im sure this will be very helpful to many.

One question i have is how do you guys budget bills? The inconsistency in pay would drive me crazy whether it was breakdowns, bad weather or even having turned in your paperwork too late (so miles are on following weeks check).

I always like to mention - Trucking is the first place I have EVER worked where you get paid weekly.

As far as budgeting goes... Sure, week to week, paychecks can vary significantly, but be honest - your month to month income should be fairly consistent (& hopefully, increasing, as you learn more and more from the masters here at TruckingTruth!).

Base your budget on your Avg Monthly income - that is my recommendation.

Many places outside of trucking still pay bi-weekly or Monthly. Everywhere I worked before Greater Omaha Express was Bi-weekly pay checks. My wife is a school teacher, and she gets paid once a month. We set up our automatic bill payments on the 22nd of the month because of that. Then we use my weekly checks for other expenses, savings (lol!) and living costs.

It takes some discipline, but if the rest of the world can deal with it, than intelligent, planning, self-reliant truckers can too!

Posted:  6 months ago

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What companies will still hire you if you had a no-conviction fender bender within the last 3 years?

Roehl turned me down because of it. I explained to them that I received no citation because of it, and that nothing ever became of it. Only reason they know about it, is because I was being honest and upfront with them. I would get myself an MVR to see if its even on my record, but in my state it costs 40$, and I feel like I should still be honest with companies, or is this screwing me out of a job?

How long have you been driving? If you "apply"with us, I will run your MVR and send you a copy. **Wink Wink**

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