Comments By Windfish

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Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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I'm feeling better

I know you've had some hiccups lately but TransAm is recognizing your hard work. Keep it up!

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

Thank you for your service.

I'm researching companies as well and the resources on this site are great. I've spoken to Prime and waiting to hear back from Roehl. I'm looking for a company sponsored training program, so I'm in a different boat than you. Both of these companies have top notch training from what I've read thus far.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Texas trucking schools for the inexperienced?

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Thanks. A bit of luck can go a long way. 😊

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I'd rather be "lucky" than "good". But...if you're good, many times you make your own luck.

Welcome to the forum Kristian...good luck at getting good.

Strange enough, I heard Lee Corso on ESPN say this once, "Luck is where hard work meets opportunity."

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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This is getting real

Old School is exactly right. I'm falling victim to something I used to loath myself. I called it "paralysis by analysis." I saw this many times in my previous career when I'd have clients come into my office with a stack of printouts and tons of research, and it didn't help them make a decision any faster.

I've been looking into companies with good training programs and the information on this site has been very helpful. I also agree with Old School about private schools. The two I've been considering cost $4,300, and I could find the money if I wanted to go that route, but why pay that much up front if I'm going to want to stay with a company for at least a year or more anyway? I don't qualify for a WIA grant because I already have a college degree.

I've added Roehl to my list. Their training program looks top notch.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Hate eating out, tips for eating on the road?

I wonder if an APU or inverter would handle a George Foreman grill? I love mine and use it for just about everything.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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This is getting real

So I took the plunge and applied to Prime after doing my research. I got a call from them yesterday. They confirmed things I've read as far as training, pay, and questions about the company. They mentioned a TX, AR, OK, LA regional run too (I'm interested in going to all 48 though, as home time isn't essential to me for now). They said if everything on my background checks out, they could have me in orientation on 6/20. I said that's a little soon for me but I appreciate the positive response.

I'm continuing to research companies, and still considering private CDL school, but confidence is high.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Government jobs available?

They do still have some so you might want to look at usps.go and click on careers... they do not have to post on the USA jobs site cause they are PS grades not GS.

I stand corrected. I only knew about usajobs because I applied for a position years ago.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Government jobs available?

I worked for the USPS for 18 years and quit last summer. It was pure hell... but I can tell you that most govt driving jobs have been contracted out to private companies. They do still have some so you might want to look at usps.go and click on careers... they do not have to post on the USA jobs site cause they are PS grades not GS. Keep in mind that all govt jobs require written tests. At the PO the window to apply is only two weeks ans the test is good for 3 years.... meaning it could take FOUR years to take the test and another 3 years to get called for the job.

Also... due to the economy and downsizing.... most depts have a hiring freeze. When I started... I had to work as a temp for 3 years to get hired permanently. Some have already been waiting 8 years.

Not trying to discourage you.... try... but don't think it will happen overnight. I would find a job 3lsewhere first and keep trying federal if that is what you want. But don't only go feseral

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Government jobs available?

The main website is usajobs.gov Most agencies are required to post there first. Be prepared to wait. The lead time can take up to three months for some jobs. You also have to write your resume in a very specific format, or they will toss it. Federal jobs can be great but they are tough to get.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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I'm still alive!

Glad your're back on the road again. You can only control what you can control. You know this. I hope you can pound out some miles this week.

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