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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Not Hired PRIME i am a little bit upset and frustrated??

Hey Gladhand,

Yes i am in Albuquerque, NM.... Does Swift allow SOLO after TNT?

I noticed SWIFT has one here i was looking into SWIFT what do you recommend?

Thanks

Swift has a yard in Albuquerque, it is where I am based out of. Are you in Albuquerque? Prime didn't take me either, just the way it goes.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Not Hired PRIME i am a little bit upset and frustrated??

Dammm Reyn... Well said, well said...

I am reaching out to other companies currently... Do you have your CDL now? or you going threw a training?? because you said March?? I know i will find a company that will work with me.. Thanks

Bring angry, bitter or resentful isn’t going to solve your immediate problem. So what if Prime rejected you? You have a laundry list of other companies that will give you a shot but how you handle adversity in this industry will determine if you succeed or blame/look for fault elsewhere than in the mirror.

Look we don’t know each other from squat. We read one another’s posts & make a judgement & answer according to what we read. I’ll give you my perspective.

Prime rejected me too. As soon as that happened I reached out to Knight, Swift & CFI. Why those companies? I read lots of diaries, lots of threads in the general section even posts from the ladies section too. It all comes down to you. You will make money wherever you go if you remain focused, don’t sweat the small stuff, learn something everyday, make good time with your loads but take your time getting there, most importantly WATCH YOUR TRAILER!!!

My orientation is March 5th. In Florida! A place almost no one wants to hire from. Or at the very least, are very reluctant to do so.

I said all that to say this. Stop worrying about the past, you don’t have to include it in every post. You find a hurdle today, figure out what caused the hurdle then figure out how to jump over it, go around it or crawl under it.

The grass is never greener on the other side, you still have to pour manure all over it to make it green. Hard work makes hard green in your pocket.

All the best to you. God bless. Be safe.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Not Hired PRIME i am a little bit upset and frustrated??

Yes i threw my shoulder pads on and my cup haha..

Roehl? Nice i was looking into them seems like a good company with decent home time and stuff ... How much did you have to pay up front or out of pocket when they did except you??

Thanks

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Not Hired PRIME i am a little bit upset and frustrated??

Thanks,

Yes i did fill out the application on day 1 at end of the application i was instructed to call a 800 number and was directed to my Recruiter.. I showed plenty of effort... anyways i am not sure what other company i should apply with... i was thinking CR England, Swift and a few others.. I gotta start somewhere.. At this point i honestly cannot afford to pay out of pocket for my CDL schooling.. So IDK i want to this blood, sweat and tears.. thanks for your input.

It's exactly as she said...

Prime is one of the more selective companies when it comes to job history. Simple, nothing you can do about it.

Oh, and the reason you didn't get the attention you were expecting might be attributed to not filing an application.

Don't limit yourself to one choice...

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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Bus bound today

Nice man i would have been on the Bus with you if everything would have went fine...

How long did it take you from start to finish to get on the Bus? From Day 1 talking with recruter to getting In the Bus, In the bus.. Seems to be less wind in there??

Proud to hear, good luck and enjoy handle your bizz.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Not Hired PRIME i am a little bit upset and frustrated??

Hello Everyone,

I am a little confused and i would appreciate everyone's input...

Like i always say i am now 32 years old, i have had my regular DL for over 16 years here in New Mexico and never once been arrested or citations for any reason.. I just wanted to add that in this post again.

Now here is where i am flabbergasted and speechless about.

I reached out to PRIME about a month ago for the TNT program and yes i am dedication to do this as a job and lifestyle.. I'll be honest i did not have a very motivated, go-getting or dedicated Recruiter AT ALL she had the personality of a Rock honestly.. It took her about 1 week just to call me back from the very start and after several of voice mails later... So let me just get straight to the point here... I only talked to her about 2 times total in about a month now long story short she called me on 1-4-18 and asked some questions about my past employment and i answered her questions.. She said she would call me back the next day on 1-5 with an answer and YES she did call (surprisingly), but she simply said "WE CANNOT EXCEPT YOU, YOU HAVE TO GET ANY JOB AND KEEP IT FOR 6 MONTHS THEN CALL US BACK" Now i am just speechless right here??? Why could they not just tell me that in the beginning??? Ughh now in the past 10 years i kept a job for 7 years solid and a good one at the airport and the company let 3 employees go (I WAS ONE OF THEM) it was simply because we were getting paid the highest hourly and most incentive.. They did not say that but it was obvious getting rid of the Veteran Sales Reps and the same day they had 3 other brand new employees hired.... Now after that 7 years i decided to go with another company in the same building but was hired a totally different position then what i wanted but i was promised to get the same sales position but that never happened so yes in return i lost interest in that job and yes eventually got fired unfortunately, So i kept that job for about 3 months and was let go FIRED back in September 2017 that's all.. Now i have not had a job from September until today, i still don't have a Job she asked why.. (I replied) because i had enough money to live off comfortably and i have spent months looking into the trying industry, programs and so on... Anyways she did not care to hear anything i had to say.. Simply cannot hire you get a job for 6 month then call back?? WTF

Anyways my question is WHY, WHY?? What do you really think happened here?? and i was honest on the job history what if i would have left out that 2nd job i had for 2 months would i have gotten the job?? My credit Yes it is very bad do you think they looked at that?? Do you know of any company that i should apply with that has a TNT training program sorta like PRIME?? I don't have a CDL or Permit would a company take me more serious if i approached them with a Permit from my state DMV??

Anything and everything is helpful??

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Jim Palmer Trucking CDL Training Program??

Hello Everyone,

I am just repeating a little information about myself in the forum...

Hello everyone here on TT and I find this website very, very helpful and thanks to everyone's input.. Thanks to RainyD, OldSchool, PJ, G-Town, Errol and for sure Brett A for having the opportunity to access all this helpful information... Thanks Guys all information is much appreciated.

First off.. I hope everyone is having a safe 2018 out there on the road right now and pray you get where you are going SAFE..

New Drivers and Vet's please help!!!

Just a little information about me first... I am 32 years old, clean MVD record never been involved in a Motor Vehicle accident or a Ticket from Police of any kind and I've had my regular DL from New Mexico for over 16 years now never once suspended or anything like that ONLY an honest mistake it was expired for 6 months before i noticed.. QUESTION? I notice Jim Palmer wants a valid DL for the past (3) years and i had to renew my license in JUNE 2017 but my record is so damm CLEAN i didn't realize my license was expired for 6 months prior to that before it expired in 11-2016???

Can that be a huge issue?? I've always had the same DL # from New Mexico and never 1 ticket or citation??

I was curious if anyone has known anyone who went threw JIM PALMER to get the CDL A and to stay with them for a year??? how is it??? and how long did it take to go Orientation??? because i here there groups are small like (5) people at a time??? I honestly just like what i have been reading about JIM PALMER it sounds like it fits me better, because i have been considering PRIME but.. I do like what i am reading about on JIM PALMER.. How is the HOME policy for JIM PALMER from what i read its not bad and they will work with you for the most part???

Anyways i am interested any good or bad things please feel me in??

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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CDL CLASS B COMPANY PAID TRAINING COMPANY'S?

Hello everyone,

First off i DON'T have a CDL A or CDL B but...

I have been doing plenty of research for weeks now on CDL A and i understand what it takes to get a CDL A and what it pertains.

My question is.. I have contacted some companies here in New Mexico and they require a CDL B for straight commercial vehicles.. I am surprised many of these company's i contacted will straight hire you with the CDL B and with NO prior experience and I'm m assuming they will most likely train me if anything?? whats your input?? Is there good money to be made with a CDL B?? can you make as much as someone with a CDL A driving OTR??

One other question, Does anyone know of any companies out there that have paid training for a CDL B?? or should i ask is there a program similar to what PRIME does with there students?? Is there a company like PRIME but specializes in Straight Commercial Vehicles and has a student program like PRIME???

Thanks in a advance with all helpful information..

Dee

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Hi RainyD, Thanks again for all your helpful information.... Today i was driving around town and looked at my phone noticed i missed a call from Springfield, MO... So i know my recruiter is trying to call me at-least? Anyways i called her back but went to voice mail and so i hope i hear from her again tomorrow.. Anyways the information you posted would be a good idea to study it correct? for test reasons correct at Prime??

Thank You

HI!!! Definitely do the High Road Training Program. Study the information and do not memorize the question/answer. Many questions are word.for word, however, you could come to a question that has slightly different wording and not understanding the material or the reasoning could mess you up

High Road CDL Training Program

I took the written test on paper and each question had 4 answers. i went through them all and skipped the ones i wasn't sure of. Often the answers are in later questions. Eliminating two answers gives you better odds of guessing the correct one.

For the Pre trip, check.out Apex driving Schools pretrip video. The parts are all the same, just in different places. So if you know how to identify the brake chamber on the Volvo, it is the same part as on the Pete, just might be in a different position. This is actually really a great way to learn it.

As for recruiting, they were probably limited due to the holidays. DMVs and offices that do background checks were probably closed. Give it a couple days and see what happens. If you don't get a response, call Angela Gomez in recruiting. Rainys not.my real name so she wont know me lol

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Hey Old School, Thanks for your input =]

Yes i have to agree, It is worth a piece of mind for sure.. I like everything you wrote here and thank you.. It looks like i will start with Prime and to TNT if all goes well.

Dee, Welcome to our forum!

You'll see that we are pretty big proponents of the Paid CDL Training Programs. The others have given you a lot of the reasons why.

Most newcomers to this get all hung up over that one year commitment. I understand their misgivings concerning it but I'll guarantee you it takes most people more than a year to save up enough money to pay for a private school. Either way there is considerable commitment. Since you seem to be a bull rider, you might enjoy reading this thread about Commitment.

The thing you have got to keep in mind is your ultimate goal, and how you accomplish it. If you want to ultimately drive local, then you have to formulate a plan to get some Over The Road experience. That is what most of your local driving jobs will require. All of the company sponsored programs can provide you with that. The beauty of them is that you are promised a job once you've successfully gone through their training. That is worth a lot of peace of mind.

I went through a private school because I thought it would give me more options. I was totally wrong. I had a really difficult time landing my first job. Having a CDL doesn't put you in demand. Having a year or two of experience using your CDL in an Over The Road capacity, now that will set you up for success at applying to just about any local driving job. Since they all want that one year level of experience, why not save your money and let the company who trains you finance that expense for you?

That first year flies by. They will keep you so busy you will be done with your commitment in what seems like no time at all. Who knows, at that point you may love driving Over Th e Road, but if not, it should be very easy to find a local job at that point.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Nice thanks, information was very helpful .... Thanks again.. i will more then likely get on with PRIME if it's GOD's will to be done..

Thanks

Dee, I'm just going to add to the chorus. The best plan to stay your trucking career is the most established, and I believe the safest path: 1) certified 160 hour training course to get your full CDL-A. 2) Hire on to your chosen company and go through their road training with can take several weeks (you'll get paid a training rate) 3) Stick with your first company for a year.

With your clean driving background many companies will be happy to talk to you.

Two routes to get your CDL are either a private school or a company school.

If you go to a private school, you'll sign a contract for the tuition, study/practice for your CDL, find your company (maybe the company will cover your tuition) and drive a year for them to pay off the tuition loan.

You can also go to a company school. In this path you will be all but hired by your company when you start your CDL training. You'll still have to do the CDL basics, and go road training and then stay with them for a year before you should move on to another company.

As others have written, each step trains you just enough to prepare you for the next. There's enough liability and danger in pulling around a 40 ton beast that any company wants to make sure you know what your doing with a semi before they cut you loose on your own. Several know-it-alls have posted here saying they have been driving six months so they know what they are doing. We just laugh..

Your first reads. The High Road program is a great (free and worth your time) way to prepare for your CDL written test:

For many more resources, touch on the three-bar menu at the top left to learn about trucking schools and companies and many more details.

Best if luck in this New Year!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Thank You... Honestly i have not explored into any other company's other then CR England, CRST and PRIME... but honestly i am very happy with what i read and hear about PRIME?? i feel comfortable with the program if all is true and correct.

I am glad to hear you are doing good and getting closer to your goals... I cant wait till i get in that driver seat and handle my business LOL

Happy New Year!!! First of all you came to the right place for straight answers. Welcome. I understand your wish list pretty well, I had many of the same feelings 4 years ago when I started driving. First off you need a flexible plan in place. Have you explored the oppurtunities you describe as local??? Since that sounds like the ultimate goal you should have an idea what is available once you acquire the needed experience. In my case I had several companies I could drive for close to the house delivering granite. They leave out on sun/mon and are back in thur/fri every week and make good money. That was my ultimate goal. They are all decent size companies for what they do but run very small fleets of trucks. I explored their requirements and set a plan in place to make myself marketable to them. Smaller fleets are not self insured and therefore are dicated to by the insurance industry to a large degree. In my case I had to have a minimum of 2 years experience. Here in the southeast that is common. Not sure where you are. I wanted to be home as much as possible during that initial period, so companies I looked at were the ones with better home time. Bottom line is figure out what your priorities are, make a flexible plan within that framework, and see who can help you achieve what you need. It took me 3 years instead of 2 to get where I am today and I had to change my plan a bit along the way to accomplish my goal, but I did it successfully. You can also.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

All your information was very, very helpful and it all makes seance... I'm very confident that i will start with PRIME... One thing i will admit after really thinking about it driving around 30,000 miles TNT I'm actually going to be thankful to have all those miles experience because like you said i will always be learning new things DOWN THE ROAD.. get it?? LOL even years later... So now that i understand and for that reason i want to learn as much as possible.

Thanks for your info... Anything you might wanna add??

The reality is that what it costs a company to buy insurance for you to drive their truck is super expensive until you get 6 months to a year of safe driving experience on the road trucking. Small companies have a much harder time paying these costs then large companies like Prime and the others. There is no downside to being under contract as long as you fulfill your end of the contract. In fact if you are under contract with Prime they are more likely to forgive the little things like fender benders at truck stops that so many new truckers get involved in because they have time and money invested in your career. Go OTR for a year and most of these local jobs become available to you. Some get lucky and get local jobs right away, but then don't have that year of experience that you really need. You learn so much in that first year that makes you a safer more effective driver.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Hi RainyD.. Thank you for all you helpful advice and information... I am ready to get this ROLLIN, Iv'e been ready and i know its a BIG transformation to a different lifestyle but i am ready... I have no kids, no GF, single all i have is my little puppy dog poodle/Jack Russell..

Anyways... I submitted a complete application on Friday 12-29-17 and i called directly and was sent to a voice mail.. today is 1-1-18 i still have not heard anything... i called Prime 2 times and left messages again?

What would you personally recommend for me to study on before i go out to SLC when that time comes??

Thank you very much.

Hi welcome!!! Im a trainer at Prime, and did the student program and TnT two years ago. I intended on just doing the year then going home, but love it so.much i stayed.

Things to consider:

Primes student phase with the permit is driving OTR making deliveries which means you will be driving downgrades, fog, various times of day, various traffic conditions,in major citiies and backing into docks. i drove 10,000 in just over 3 weeks witb my permit. This is a major advantage over a local driving school when preparing for the CDL driving test. You are one on one over the road with the trainer next to you the whole time. There is no sharing the truck/trainer with 3 or 4 other students.

30,000 miles TnT is the TRUCK miles as a team, not your individual miles. It doesnt take forever but that phase counts towards your employment contract. If you go to a local school its 40k because you did not get the OTR experience a Prime student would have. They do provide reimbursement, but pay $600 the first 6 weeks i think, then it goes to $700. If you do PSD at Prime, you get the $700 from the start of the TnT phase. So going to primes school and gets you paid more and do less miles in TnT

The year contract doesnt really matter because no matter where you go, you SHOULD do one year with your first company. There are many reasons for this, but one is stated in the prior post--- your first company will be more forgiving with newbie accidents. and you WILL have some sort of accident or critical event as you are learning to control that trailer and swinging wide. Also, if you job hop the first year, you look unstable to future employers so you could limit future possibilities. Another reason is that learning the industry can be frustrating, and many new driving blame the company rather than the lifestyle. They hop from company to company before realizing "wow, now that ive been doing this awhile i realize that first company was great but i didnt appreciate it".

OTR experience is required for insurance purposes as stated in the previous post. Many oppotunities open up after that. You mentioned gas tanker which is not only HAZMAT but tanker itself is a whole different issue with new drivers due to the surge. When slowing down, the surge can literally push you into an intersection if you do not know how to slow down properly. That is where that year of experience comes in. Most of the fuel tanker companies in my area want 1 to 2 years OTR and HAZMAT. Often OTR pays better than local jobs also.

Hometime: Yes 3 to 4 weeks can suck. But Prime like many mega carriers has various regional and dedicated routes that might get you home more. We do have a western regional division that runs the 11 western states, but i dont know much about it, so be sure to ask recruiting.

Trainimg: No matter where you go, you need training. Getting the CDL does not a trucker make. Many newbies have a false sense of self with a "I have a CDL now im important" attitude. No, without experience you are a liability. You need training. Mastering downshifting can take a couole months, and backing can take 6 mos. Therefore 3 weeks of school is nothing. Trucking is frustrating as a newbie and stressful. Training is not just to train but to weed out those who will not suceed.

Many of us here are still with tbe mega carriers who trained us because of the various options (diviision, regional, dedicated) they provide, as well as the new equipment and dedication to safety. Also, changing companies means starting at the bottom and proving yourself all over again

Big Scott loves CFI and gets much better home time than Prime, but I get more CPM than he does. We both get plenty of miles. However, the trainimg phase he had was 7800 miles with his CDL. I did that just with my permit, so my training was much longer. And i dont care how long you train for, any new driver is nervous going out solo. Even 40k miles total doesnt feel like enough lol

Remember that most drivers do not make it through their first year. It can be a culture shock. It can be too stressful for some. Treat training like boot camp, and going solo feels like you just broke out of jail lol. i had "Born Free" playing in my head once I got off the trainers truck lol

I rarely talk to dispatch and often feel.like my own boss due to.my freedom. Ill never be able to go back to a normal job.

good luck and i hope thia helps.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Very Helpful.. Thank You...

The reality is that what it costs a company to buy insurance for you to drive their truck is super expensive until you get 6 months to a year of safe driving experience on the road trucking. Small companies have a much harder time paying these costs then large companies like Prime and the others. There is no downside to being under contract as long as you fulfill your end of the contract. In fact if you are under contract with Prime they are more likely to forgive the little things like fender benders at truck stops that so many new truckers get involved in because they have time and money invested in your career. Go OTR for a year and most of these local jobs become available to you. Some get lucky and get local jobs right away, but then don't have that year of experience that you really need. You learn so much in that first year that makes you a safer more effective driver.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

Hello Everyone,

My first post on TT and I find this website very, very helpful and thanks to everyone's input..

First off.. I hope everyone is having a safe NYE and everyone on the road i pray you get where you are going SAFE..

New Drivers and Vet's please help!!!

Just a little information about me first... I am 32 years old, clean MVD record never been involved in a Motor Vehicle accident or a Ticket from Police of any kind and I've had my regular DL from New Mexico for over 16 years now, if that means anything?? IDK

My question... I have been thinking very hard of becoming a Truck Driver for a very long time now and i know its not just a job its also a lifestyle... I am just going back and fourth on what i should do, I want to go to Prime and join the Student Program there but i don't want to be locked into a 1 year contract and 30,000k with a TNT??? I DO understand i have to get my feet wet somewhere and my 1st year is not going to be all GRAVY, but i also want to get my own CDL here in New Mexico and then go searching for a Company to hire me??? You think a company would even consider hiring me because i would have my CDL but no experience??? or do you think i should go with Prime and get experience under my belt???

I simply just don't know what to do... I honestly would like to drive here in NM with a company... I do and I don't wanna drive OTR but i would if i had no other option... I honestly would like to drive Dump Trucks within the state or Gas Tankers OR should i say i would like more HomeTime then out for 3-4 weeks at a time??? Any Advice???

PLEASE BE AS HONEST AND STRAIGHT UP PLEASE... I RATHER HERE THE TRUTH THE SUGAR COATING BS...

Thanks, D BullRiderChampion2009

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Home Time

Nice

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