Profile For Jrod

Jrod's Info

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    Omaha, NE

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    Jrod On The Web

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    3 years, 8 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:  1 week, 6 days 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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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Should I risk it?

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Every single place you apply to will get this letter... and run away. Just FYI -

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They would have gotten that letter if he didn't complete the contract. He did indeed stay and completed the contract though, so he's good to go.

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Yes, I saw I responded too soon! Congrats on sticking it out!

In fact, I just got another one for a driver who applied TODAY!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Troopers force truckers to climb on top of trailers during snow removal enforcement blitz.

Can you imagine what it would be like if OSHA got involved with drivers or anyone climbing on top of trailers? The fall protection requirements would cost the companies billions.

Right? It seems like one could find a few stories about drivers falling to their deaths or catastrophic injury from the top of a trailer... How many drivers = 1 Jessica? As much as I believe this has to be done, based on my personal nightmare, I don't have a practical solution...

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases

At what point is the American public going to stand up and take notice of the truck driver shortage? According to spokespeople for the retail industry, that time is right about now.

Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases

"I know we are driving good truckers OUT of the industry with our 'don't care about your hours' policies, but we don't understand why they aren't instantly replaceable like cashiers or something." - Retail Spokesperson, probably

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Getting a cdl after a failed drug test

Thanks for the response. Any idea of how long after the program is completed he will have to wait before he is eligible and what the chances are of him finding a company that will hire him?

There are "2nd Chance" companies, but I think they are typically for drivers who already have CDL's and experience. Either way, if he does get a company to take a chance on him, he can expect to make less$ and perhaps not get the best treatment. Failing a drug test is expensive in the trucking world.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Should I risk it?

Every single place you apply to will get this letter... and run away. Just FYI -

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Worries regarding acquiring a cdl

“PLEASE.....DO NOT give any of your hard earned cash to a private Trucking School. DO look into Company Sponsored Training.”

Really? The private school I graduated from had three recently retired Schneider drivers as instructors. Not all companies offered training in my area.

I have just as much respect for drivers regardless of who they trained with.

Thanks to tuition reimbursement, I’d say my experience was as good as any company-sponsored school.

I respect everyone’s opinions on which path to CDL is best. But there are many variables when choosing and it just seems disingenuous to flat-out tell people not to go to a private school.

No one is necessarily saying the private schools are "Bad" or worse at instructing students. Its just that having a CDL and no experience doesn't guarantee you a job. Company sponsored training will get you a job, and a company that has a vested (literally) interest in your success. They are, shall we say, "Pot Committed" to you, so if you have a few minor accidents during your first year, they will probably be able to get past them.

Drivers from a private school have to be almost perfect or else they will get dropped like hot potatoes. The company didn't invest in you, so they don't care if they let you go for a rookie mistake.

Obviously, results may vary, but in general, that hold up. I look at 10-30 driver applications per day, I can pretty much tell you how someone's career has gone so far.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Troopers force truckers to climb on top of trailers during snow removal enforcement blitz.

I live in, and work for a company out of, Nebraska. So I get it.

But also having had my windshield crushed from a huge chunk of ice that flew off a dry van, its something that needs to happen. I have no idea who it was, and I chose to give the benefit of the doubt and say they probably didn't notice. But I was stuck on the side of the interstate, in winter, at night, in a car with 1/4 of a windshield trying to figure out what to do (This was before cell phones). I eventually just drove to the next exit a few miles down the road, but my eyes were basically somewhere between frozen and on fire - hard to describe. (And then I had to pay for the repairs which SUCKED!)

I was just thinking how cold it was and how brutal that would have been if I had my kids with me. The fact that there is a law with a name in it makes me think that a little girl named Jessica was killed in a situation like that.

In any case, its just another thing that sucks for truck drivers, costs them money, etc...but HAS to be done. There is no way you would pull a trailer that you knew had pieces that could fly off and cause accidents, so you have to treat the snow the same way. The snow is one thing, it can blind people and cover windshields, but those big crusty chunks of dried-out frozen snow that has sat on the trailer for days... those chunks can do serious damage. (Plus, they can make your load overweight if you need a "WIIFM?")

It might be a rare instance, but I know for sure it's happened to me & a girl named Jessica. Don't let it happen to you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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No FMCSA top administrators ever held a CDL!

Great stuff guys!

Brett - I totally get it. Just want to mention that every now and then a professional (investigative) journalist - not just looking for a headline or a sound bite - does actually seek out the whole story (AKA the truth). Perhaps one or two of them will find their way here!

As for the 14-hour rule... just wondering if anyone here thinks that is something a professional driver-turned-administrator would have come up with - or ever agreed to?!? Especially in this era of ELD's...

They agreed to it, because on paper, it looks like it will protect the soccer mom in her mini-van full of kids from getting hit by a truck driver who has been awake for 24 hours without ever getting more than a couple of hours of sleep.

But paper vs practicality ended up being different.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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No FMCSA top administrators ever held a CDL!

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If I had to complain about something it would be the 14 hour rule.

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That would absolutely be #1 on my list. If I could only change one thing about that industry, that really would be it.

I think the whole room just "2nd'd" the motion. I'm OK with limiting the amount of hours driven in a single day, but drivers need to be able to stop that damn clock when they are sitting - especially at Shippers/Receivers. OR - Keep the 14 hour clock, but pay drivers like they are covering 60 Miles per hour.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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No FMCSA top administrators ever held a CDL!

My Cardiologist never had a heart attack and my wife's oncologist never had cancer.

Is that not the same thing? OK, fine. How about: The president has never worked a blue collar job or held a political office before.

Many college professors never worked in their field of expertise.

United States Secretary of Education has never been an educator before.

This practice is not uncommon and doesn't automatically mean they don't know what they are doing.

That being said... I'm on board with having more people in leadership positions that have some life experience in the the trenches.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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How Old is Too Old?

I've been in charge of hiring drivers at my company the last 4-5 years. We've hired LOTS of drivers over 60, and probably a half dozen over 70. But we are hiring experienced drivers, so I can't speak for the companies that offer training. However, if you have the ability to go from A to B, safely and on time, I have a feeling you won't face many issues. In fact, the biggest issue you will face is your own self-doubt. Once you get past that, you'll be rolling down I-80 in no time.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Brett- How we recover our thread

ProTip!

On your phone or tablet, write it up on "Notes" or "NotePad" (depending on your phone/tablet type). Then, just Copy/Paste in here.

This trick has saved me countless times because I am writing a lot when I am on the go. It's really hard to mess it up in there.

Posted:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  2 months, 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:  2 months, 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:  3 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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