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Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Interested in trucking, made bad choices before this good choice.

Thanks again everyone. I worked for an international company so my regional manager was the one I talked about it too but he received an email that just stated let him go and not to re-hire later. That was 10 months ago, I know that’s a little close to the wire as Prime wants 3 years behind you before they’ll consider you but I’m not going to wait 3 years to try again. I’ve wanted to do this almost my entire adult life. Any dream that I’ve had I’ve pursued with extreme prejudice. The only reason I’m considering the private school route is for the DOT drug test I feel that if I can show recent proof to a carrier that I’m clean that will push me more into the favorable category.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Interested in trucking, made bad choices before this good choice.

Ask about going through SAP. maybe it will help

Thanks Rainy D and all the others who've helped raise my confidence. I will look into SAP Programs just hope they don't cost to much if you know of any good programs I would love to hear about them. I am currently seeing a licensed mental health counselor as I'm a Vet she's offered her services free of charge. However, I feel that this will not satisfy the requirements. I also enjoyed reading your thread and contributions about rookie drivers and the things they should know before making the mistakes themselves, especially all the tips on tandem sliding. I'm also considering going to a CDL school because to even start I would have to submit to a DOT drug screening and hopefully any future carriers would consider that into their calculations when it comes to pre-employment negotiations. Any thoughts?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Interested in trucking, made bad choices before this good choice.

Rainy's spot-on reply to Malcom:

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Also, you stated you got popped for a one time mistake. it will be hard to convince a company it was one time. more than anything, they hate liars. it is easier for them to forgive mistakes than lies.

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So true. But why?

It's about trust and the elevated risk that applies to every rookie. Lie and get caught, the perceived risk increases. Malcome if you lie to them during the application process how then can you be trusted with their 80,000 pound, quarter million dollar machine loaded with potentially a million dollars of flat screen TV's? It's a big deal... "Next."

We constantly state trucking is highly competitive, and it starts immediately following receipt of your application. Don't start out on the wrong foot by not disclosing everything they ask for and withholding things they don't ask for.

And definitely do NOT take the word of a recruiter that it's okay to hide something like a failed drug test. Ultimately not their call. They are prequalifying, filling their funnel full of candidates. Listen to Rainy's advice and heed her warning.

Truth..."tell it" always.

Thank you I appreciate that. So far I have been honest and disclosed the information to the recruiter and on my application and that’s as far as it goes. If I could get in there to take their drug test then they would see I’m clean but I can’t make it to that point. It was a one time thing, alcohol was involved and I thought I was using a vape pen w/ nicotine; I was wrong, very wrong. I was tested that very week. I told my supervisor about it and he was willing to work with me but the chop order came from on high at the corporate level.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Interested in trucking, made bad choices before this good choice.

Thanks for that raises my spirits about my future. If there’s any trucking advice you’ve gained since driving feel free to share them. I see that you’re with Swift, how are they as a carrier?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Interested in trucking, made bad choices before this good choice.

So I know I’m about to get my fair share of scaldings and I deserve every bit of it. That being said, as stated I’m interested in starting a career as a professional driver. I’ve studied the manual and am scoring beautifully on my practice tests. I am taking this very seriously as I understand I’m essentially towing a wrecking ball down the road and the safety of every one is in my hands including myself.

Now for the bad news; I have a failed drug test, it was a non-DOT test and is not on any records, my employer isn’t disclosing the information I know this because my Prime recruiter called him and I was accepted. I was honest with them and told them about it myself and was immediately told not to even come up. I won’t bother by saying it was a mistake it was a choice, a one time choice that I’ve regretted since because now as I try and find employment doing something I’ve wanted to try I’m denied left and right. I am seeking counseling and doing all that I can to show that besides the one time I messed up I am a straightforward, honest, and reliable person.

I’m asking for any advice on how to make myself more desirable to carriers and what companies would be willing to work with me. This one item is the only bad mark on my record, my mvr is clean and no criminal history. Work history is excellent. What can I do? Please no soapbox grandstanding I’ve read it all already so I know how bad drugs and driving are. Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Iraq vet from Florida.

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