Profile For Clay Knight

Clay Knight's Info

  • Location:
    Hemet, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 4 months ago

Clay Knight's Bio

I'm from California and I am almost 40 years old and looking to start a new chapter in my life as an OTR truck driver. Going to probably go with Prime Inc. for my CDL training and my first job as a trucker. I worked auto parts for a couple years in my late teen right after high school and then communications work for 10 years most of my 20's and then helped care for an elderly family member and helped my wife run her yoga and massage businesses. Wanting more out of my life I'm going to pursue truck driving. It's always been something that interested me. I like working by myself and seeing the country. I've logged a lot of miles behind the wheel of a regular truck while doing communications work so long hours driving are not completely foreign to me. Been married to the same wonderful woman for almost 21 years with no complaints and she supports my decision to pursue truck driving and make a better income so we can have a better life. She may even eventually join me on the road either as a passenger and companion or maybe even go after her CDL and we can team drive someday. No children to leave behind but my dogs and my bird will miss me and I them. So that's my basic story.

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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

You definitely cannot go wrong with Swift. Excellent company. Good luck!

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Thank you! That's good to hear. I've been looking into companies for a while and originally Swift was at the top of my list. Then I let others influence my opinion. There are entire groups and pages on Facebook dedicated to making fun of Swift and talkin trash about their drivers. After the feedback I've gotten here and a good recommendation from an acquaintance I trust who started his career with Swift and recommended them highly as a great place to start my career I feel like my opinion has changed again and I'm happy to be going there. I need to get my foot in the door and with my lack of work history their willingness to take me and work with me is what I need. I will be working very hard to be a good student and learn everything I can from my instructors and trainers. I'm going there with the mindset that my entire being will be dedicated to becoming a competent and safe driver so I can start earning and building good experience and work history. I'm excited to finally get started.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

Congratulations sir. Must feel great moving forward. Yeah, I hear ya about living in California. I was born in Oakland and have lived in various areas. It's all too expensive.

Coachella Valley was affordable in '04. Rent was 450 a month for a one bedroom. By '12 I was paying over 750. I was an operations manager for a security company. Then another company came in and bought everyone out....as well as laying everyone off.

Headed over to AZ. Not bad,but like most places a lack of employment. I've been looking into trucking since '11 and knew at some point I would make my move out of the security industry.So it's not something I am just jumping right into just because.

Swift is my number one pick.

Best of luck. Will follow your diary if you do one

Wilbur C. Yeah California has some of the highest cost of living in the nation besides Hawaii. Not a fan of the politics here either. looking forward to moving. AZ is too hot for me unless I was up in the mountains maybe. Looking at somewhere much further North like Montana. I know, I know... It gets COLD in the winter. LOL I have friends who live there. I'm ready for it. Tired of the heat and dryness of inland California. I want some land that's not a desert.

Glad to hear you got accepted somewhere. And Swift is a great choice! I went with CRST because the team driving has some extra benefits that I liked. The downside of teaming is pretty minimal for me right now.

I was also in a similar boat to yours, I shut down a business I was running and spent a year taking care of my father-in-law during late stage cancer. I had nothing to show for that year as far as employment, and a few places didn't like it and a few (Wilson and Millis) recruiters just strung me along until I finally figured out they wanted me to go away, lol.

But... Big piece of advice here is for you to get letters from family members (as stated here earlier) that state what you were doing, etc., during that time. I was accepted without needing them, but about a week into school the records department came and asked me about that time. When I was able to just hand over notarized letters from family members and from hospice care (advice I got here on this site) they were VERY happy to copy those and put them in my file as verifiable history.

So, whether it seems like you need them or not, best advice is to get some notarized letters together, anyway. If you take them and dont need them, hey, awesome! But if they just might help later on... Always better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Congratulations on your school acceptance. Hope to see ya around here more!

Jeremy C. Thanks for that information, I'll see about getting a letter. My Grandma is still with us and pretty healthy for a 90 year old but she needs help with certain daily activities and household chores. She doesn't drive and I took care of that stuff for her. Another family member one of her daughters has stepped up to help out and free me up to go back into the workforce. I can get my Grandma to write a letter and we can get it notarized. I'll be starting a diary to document my journey. I'll definitely be around the forum more. I've gotten a lot of good information and motivation from the people here. I appreciate everyone's advice, input and motivational encouragement.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

Congratulations.

Swift was my first choice over 5 years ago. I am still driving for them and have no immediate plans to move elsewhere.

Let me know if you have any questions. Lots of Swifties on here...

Good luck!

Awesome! Thanks G-Town. Glad to know you are with Swift and happy there. I'm feeling excited to get started.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

Awesome News! Congrats uhm Clay Knight! What happened with Dragon Knight? :D

And thank you for the congratulations. I'm excited to finally be moving forward into the career. Had to get my foot in the door somewhere and while Swift may not have been my first choice it's going to give me the chance I need to get started and start getting some experience.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

Awesome News! Congrats uhm Clay Knight! What happened with Dragon Knight? :D

Just decided to use my actual name. My dog is named Dragon so I decided to change it up. LOL.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

So just to update this for the last time. My application to Swift Transportation was accepted and I have a start date. They were willing to overlook my lack of work history and accepted me with a simple explanation that I was caring for my Grandmother and that is why I don't have on the books employment for the last few years. Start Date is set for July 23'rd.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

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I spoke to CRST and Swift recruiters. Both seemed to think my lack of work history wouldn't be an issue. After speaking to both I am going to try and go to Swift. The fact that CRST only does teams for the full duration of your contract doesn't appeal to me all that much. Hoping to head off to school with Swift in about 3 weeks.

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Hey Dragon Night. I see you are in Hemit CA. I lived in Palm Springs CA from '04-'11. Was great when I got there. But by '06 things started changing. Man, talk about a bad economy.

That's when things really went bad for me. How is it there now?

Best of luck brother. Hope one of those companies works out for you.

Not sure what your line of work was but things seem to be pickin up. Economy isn't terrible. Construction has picked back up and they're building new houses and there are less vacant buildings now. Housing market is stronger than it was. Cost of living is astronomical here in California though. I plan on moving in a couple of years. I am sick of the heat and politics and the cost of living here.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

I spoke to CRST and Swift recruiters. Both seemed to think my lack of work history wouldn't be an issue. After speaking to both I am going to try and go to Swift. The fact that CRST only does teams for the full duration of your contract doesn't appeal to me all that much. Hoping to head off to school with Swift in about 3 weeks.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

What off the books jobs did you have? How recent was the W2 job? It's all about verification.

I was caring for an elderly family member and helping my wife with her yoga and massage business but I don't have any 1099 for those things and the on the books job was for the year of 2015. Prime recruiter told me only 7 months of that job even count. He said without w2s he couldn't do anything for me.

I've been told to try Swift by a couple of other drivers I've talked to. I put in the Trucking Truth app and have been assigned recruiters with CRST and Wislon but haven't filled out their full applications yet or discussed my lack of work history so I don't know if those will go anywhere yet. Was gonna apply to Swift and Knight and see what happens and who's willing to give me a chance.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

I wanted to go to school and training through Prime Inc but unfortunately since I have no verifiable work history for the last several years they won't accept me. Can anyone make recommendations of companies I should apply to? I have only had 1 job in the past 3 years that paid me on the books where I received a w2 form and filed taxes. I really want a career in trucking and am pretty disappointed at being declined by Prime but I'm not giving up. Figured I would ask here for recommendations. I will be getting my Permit here in CA in a week or two.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

I was hoping for a new update. Hope things are going well.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

Well, sounds like you're learning some things. Not all personalities jive with each other. Hopefully you get what you need from your time with him in regards to driving the truck and pass your tests. Moving forward I hope you get a trainer for next phase that you mesh a little better with. No matter what as you learn and get better things will get easier for you. I'm nervous to get started pretty soon. Hoping to get my permit pretty soon here in California and head to Utah after that. I think my blood pressure is stable in a good range and I'm wrapping up a few things here at home before I begin my journey. I've really appreciated your updates and information during your training. It's very helpful to get a glimpse of what a student goes through. Keep your head up and eyes on the prize. Best of luck.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

Once again thank you for that knowledge. These diaries really do help guys like me who are preparing to come to orientation and school.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

That would definitely be a deal breaker for me too. I don't smoke and would not be able to be around a smoker in small spaces. I can't stand the smell of cigarette, cigar or pipe smoke. I'll be sure to let my recruiter or whoever is in charge of such things know this. I don't want to be assigned to a trainer that smokes. Just couldn't do it.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

So I met my trainer today and I’m not 100% sure if we’re going to click. He came on pretty strong with enforcing that he’s been driving for 19 years and he knows what he’s doing and not to tell him he’s inexperienced. I understand that he wanted me to be confident in him, but it was borderline hostile sounding. He assured me that he would yell, but then would explain why he yelled and he’d go right back to being a nice guy.

What are yalls opinion on this? I know I’m new so I could be reading him really wrong, but it was kind of hard to read him. One minute he seemed hostile and the next he was being cordial. I thought maybe I would give it a week at the least, but I also don’t want to waste his time if I’m already having second thoughts after talking to him for 30 minutes.

From a lot of the diaries I have read it seems like that's how a lot of the trainers are. Heck, a lot of truck driver's in general seem to be that way. Type A personalities. I say stick with it and see how it goes. Hard to tell a lot from a 30 minute introduction. Of course if you are with him for a week and simply can't stand to be in the truck with him then speak with your recruiter and see if you can get a change. It will most likely slow you down a couple of days waiting for them to find you a new trainer but what do I know LOL I'm not even there yet. If he's been driving 19 years and is a trainer with Prime I'm sure he knows his stuff and could impart a wealth of knowledge if you can get along. Just my 2 cents. I'm sure a veteran will chime in with some sage advice for you. Best of luck.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

Yeah according to other diaries and the Prime Inc website of you are attending orientation in Utah you must obtain your CDL permit from your home state prior to coming to Utah. I will double check with someone at Prime before I head to the DMV but from everything I have researched that is how they do it for the Utah facility. I know if I were to go to MO I would get my permit in MO. Unless things changed in the last week I think I have to get my CA permit then setup my orientation date.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc Paid CDL Training Salt Lake Training

I realize this is an older diary and has not had any updates for quite some time but I just wanted to say thank you Eric G. for your comprehensive documentation of your journey. It really helps guys like me get a feel for what we are going to go through. I hope your journey is going well.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

Thanks for your insight INIKITS! I appreciate any and all input I can get. I've heard the bus rides are pretty horrible especially for larger guys. I'm 6'2" 215 lbs. If prefer to just fly out provided I can afford a ticket when the time comes. I'm working on losing another 15-25 lbs if possible before I apply and making sure myg blood pressure is in the acceptable range. I'm right at the cutoff right now. Testing about 130/90 sometimes 140/85. I know extra weight makes the heart work harder and I'm taking a bunch of supplements and eating a super low sodium vegetarian diet. Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be looking better and I can get my physical done so I can go to the DMV and get my permit. Could be another month though. I'm exercising every day doing pushups, sit ups, and riding my recumbent bike or indoor recumbent exercise bike. I've come down from 250 lbs so it is working.

I was thinking along the same lines as you regarding the reefer division. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your journey.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Dakota's Prime Inc. Diary

Quick question. What division do you plan on going to? Reefer, flatbed or tanker?

New to the forum and I've really enjoyed reading these diaries. they really help give a prospective student an idea of what to expect. I too am going to go to prime. I'm just trying to make sure my blood pressure is exactly where it needs to be so I don't have any hiccups once I get to the Prime facility. I'm in California so I will be attending orientation in Utah instead of Missouri though.

My question regarding your question is: What is best in your opinion and why? I'm going after all my endorsements so I can with any of them.

To INIKITS, congrats on passing your permit tests! I too am not keen on the bus ride thing... I may opt to fly myself out there if I can afford a plane ticket.

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