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    Clinton, MS

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    Company Driver In Training

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    3 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

Hello guys. I have been searching everywhere for a job. I've been contacted by a company called Savannah Traders LLC out of Kansas. They only have 6 trucks and they 1099. I can't find much on them but is it normal for tiny companies to do that? I understand it's like subcontracting but I would not be leasing the truck so I'm confused. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

Thanks so much everyone. I have applied to over 100 companies. And tractor man CC was one of them. And Matthew B I believe y'all called him that and he was not offended. I also understand the attitude of the guy who is at CC. Sure we made a mistake, but the majority of us when given an opportunity are very loyal and work our butts off simply because someone gave us the chance. As bad as people talked about Swift I was intending to work hard for them which my earlier post reflect because I thought I had a chance and in my world that is a blessing. But it didn't work out. Their lose. I will keep y'all posted on what happens because I know some of you are cheering for me. So thanks for that. I will be successful I'm just not sure where yet. Oh and for the one who wanted to know so badly what I did my charge was homicide. But for all of the people who love to judge I have a question? If someone beat and raped you and left you for dead and it took 6 weeks in a hospital to recover what would you do? So when you see felon from someone unless you have walked in their shoes you don't know what happened. Again thanks to everyone.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

I've been out 10 yrs and a few months. I have found somewhere to stay temporarily as of this morning. You went into it for the same reason I wanted to. I have had good jobs but they never let you forget. And in trucking it seems if you are safe, on time and work hard that people forget the mistake. Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

Rick s I fully disclosed it. Obviously that's why they forgave the money for school. I didn't lie what I meant was when you have a felony you should never lie about it. They'll find out. And thanks Brett.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

Thanks for the replies so far. Old School I have enjoyed your post and appreciate the advice. I will contact them also. And no I'm pretty much by myself. Years ago when I did get out I realized quick that most ex-cons don't try to do the right thing. So I have pretty much isolated myself just working and coming home. Trucking for me was a major choice to change my life and get out and meet people. I'm a workaholic. Because of my felony I thought I did my research well. I chose swift because of their size thinking if freight slowed some they would still have some. I have a good business head and am a numbers person so the numbers made sense. So I made sure I disclosed everything. I worked my butt off in school. Scored well on test. Zero on pre trip and I had the whole truck, zero on skills and 20 on road. Can't tell you how excited I was. Failed first road test but after posting here and a helpful phone call with a member went in Monday and passed. Just have had the air knocked out of me and feel really list. I have always tried to do the right thing. And I watch people who don't do well. I can't figure it out.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Some advice after getting sent home from orientation for a felony....

Hello guys. I've posted before and need some help. I recently graduated from swift and got my CDL. A dream of mine. On the day I checked in to the hotel I received a phone call from them saying they pulled me from orientation. I have a 25 yr old felony that I fully disclosed and discussed with my recruiter who stated it was not a problem. For the record it is not a sex offense. Anyway filled out the forms had an interview with safety and was still declined. I was more than upset. My recruiter knew I packed up my home and had planned to be on the road constantly. So now I am homeless and no job. Then she calls me Thursday and told me that since it was her fault I don't owe them for the school. A blessing but strange to me after all I've read, but I had them send me an e-mail stating that while I wait for the certificate. But that doesn't help my situation . I have done many apps but haven't heard anything. I need my road training or I'm screwed. I'm not bashing swift. The folks at the academy were great and a few are trying to help me figure this out. Still does anyone have any advice or a direction I can go in that I haven't thought of. Anything would be helpful. And thank all of you for everything I have read here it has always been helpful.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Denied at JP. Question about being unemployed and notaraized letter.

I recently finished swift. A guy in my class had the same issue. He needed notorized letters from 3 people who could verify his situation. Talk to the recruiter they will tell you exactly what you need. I start orientation Tuesday and will run it by them.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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This Is How We Roll!

I am with Swift. I recently finished school and start orientation this week. I did my research and kept coming back to the same question, if they are so bad how are they so successful? School was hard and awesome all at once. I learned the first week that the instructors figured out who really wanted it. They went above and beyond even opening up the range one weekend for extra practice. I love TT. I have lurked for some time. But reading how much y'all loved what you do and are always positive has helped me tremendously . Attitude plays a large role in this. But positive breeds positive. So I will continue to work hard and if I need advice I have experts here! Thanks everyone.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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CDL school in roosevelt, Utah

I just finished my training with swift. The first 2 days getting our paperwork straight. Wednesday in truck doing straight line backing. Tested on the skill Thursday then spent Friday on pre trip. The next week in trucks doing backing maneuvers. Evaluated on those the end of that week. Third week in the trucks on the road. First day spent on the shifting range. I learned a lot in those short weeks. Our instructors were all about safety and the task at hand. Not sure what you are learning from what you say but it doesn't sound right. I understand logs are for practice but at the same time that tracks your lab hours. So if you say you were not given adequate training your own logs say otherwise. And you only hurt yourself. Trucking is not easy and can be deadly if we aren't careful. Good luck to you.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Finished swift

Actually trained in Memphis. It was 110 but on the asphalt range it increased. A lot thrown at you in a short time but actually enjoyed myself. The instructors were great. But this is definitely a life style and not just a job. Have a new respect for the ones who have been doing this for a while. A lot to learn and I am just beginning.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Finished swift

Well I finished school and got my CDL yesterday. Before going into this I did a lot of research and yes still chose Swift. It has been hard. For the record I am 56 yrs old came from the corporate world and just got tired of people. This school is fast paced. If you are not truly wanting it or think it's going to be easy don't go. We were on the range everyday in 115 degrees, some days it was pouring down rain. The instructors were great. But if you expect them to stand there and hold your hand not happening. I asked one why they stand and watch so much. His answer made sense he said when you get on the road you will have to figure things out at times so we should be able to figure out the backing after being shown. And they show you as many times as you need them to. Of the 34 that started my class 14 made it to testing 12 of us got our CDL. I enjoyed every minute of it and even the bad days. My trainers were great. My road trainer was new and awful but that has been handled. So I would recomend swift to anyone for training. But if you think all truck drivers do is drive you are wrong. So now I am going on to my mentor phase. And see how that goes. Good luck to everyone considering truck driving.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone for all the help. Passed my CDL today!! Jason thanks for the phone call.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Help

Makes sense. How hard will that be to actually try it for the first time on my 3 rd test? I scored 32 points they are aware of the problem with the new instructor but that doesn't help me when I am in the actual testing part. So you think I can get some rhythm in my head to help me pass?

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Help

I have a serious problem. I'm at swift in Memphis. Have tested twice and failed the road. They are aware I had a new road instructor who told us to float. I take my 3rd test Monday at 1. They tried to get me in a truck Friday but we're short instructors, and they are aware what happened. Downshifting is my problem. Any suggestions. Thinking of stealing a truck tomorrow to practice tomorrow!! Anyone in the area feel like doing any charity work!??

Posted:  3 years ago

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Swift memphis

I started only my first few days and was planning on posting everyday. But it is very fast paced so class, shower study, and sleep! Overall it has been very intense! But am enjoying myself. Swift has changed where they house us. We are in a brand new motel in Horn Lake. First few days were paperwork drug test. We lost 7 those first days. Then straight line back. If you do not pass you go home. We lost 3. Then the in cab pre trip. All this in one week! Week two offset parking and alley dock. We just completed those today. We started with 34 we are down to 19. Next week rode test. Errol would you like to park your truck in our huge parking lot at the hotel this weekend and let us use it to study pre- trip? We have truck parking here and are hoping someone will let us walk around it and study it. So if anyone is in this area this weekend feel free to park here. Thanks to all of you for this great sight it has helped me get this far.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Swift day 2

So another day of paperwork weeding people out. Signed contracts learned log books. Tomorrow we go to the range to learn straight backing, or should I say this morning! Days are long but so far so good. Nervous but have learned a lot from you guys. Thanks again.

Posted:  3 years ago

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First day at swift in Memphis

So the first day at Swift training in Memphis was long. Paperwork, drug testing, some book work to keep us busy. It's very important to check your paperwork before coming. Only 1 guy got sent home for paperwork issues. Four others for refusing the drug test! Figure that out! Even if during your physical at home drug tested you I promise everyone will take a drug test that first day. Not sure why anyone would be that dumb but at least they won't be on the roads. And they came from far away. We are suppose to be signing contracts in the morning and start the map and HOS part. Wednesday we go on the range. I was surprised there are four women including myself. Will keep y'all posted. Thank all of you for this site. I have shared it with my classmates.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Getting nervous

So I start training Monday and a little confused on a few things. Background checks, from reading here they have their info within the first few days. Every job I have had has this process and it took a few weeks. Next how much money do you need to bring? For school and with your mentor? The school gave an amount for school. But when you are on a the road are you paying for things other then food that I need to know about? And since I'm female will I be waiting a long time for a trainer? I don't care who it is male or female as long as they teach me what I need to know. And anything questionable I have you guys to help. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Posted:  3 years ago

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General Permit

I just got my permit last week and am starting school Monday. The general knowledge was 50 questions. It wasn't hard for me. I used the training material here and my states manual. And yes you study the sections it says. Once I could answer all the practice questions correctly on here and in the book I tested. You also have to do air brake and combination test for your class A. I never read the book on those and only used this sight. 20 questions each. Not hard. During testing if you get stuck on a question you can skip it and may answer enough correct you never make it back to that one. Hope this helped and good luck.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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What happened?

Since I am reading a lot trying to get prepared for my new career I wanted to say this. I appreciate everyone's comments. I start swift training on the 25th. I was raised by a truck driver and I remember hearing about what a great brotherhood it was. Everyone looking out for each other. It doesn't appear to be that way anymore. I read drivers bashing drivers not here but everywhere else. And I wonder why instead of bashing them some of the others don't try to help them. I come to this sight everyday because I feel that positive breeds positive and everyone here is trying to help. I am scared to death of the training but feel I won't be going through it alone. I have you guys. So what happened over the years to cause such a mess?

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