Profile For Thomas K.

Thomas K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Greensboro, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 11 months ago

Thomas K.'s Bio

Currently unemployed ex-IT/warehouse worker hoping the open road will provide an opportunity for improvement.

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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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

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

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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.

I've been in the same boat recently. So far it looks like Swift and Schneider are serious about taking me on.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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How NOT to Have a Good Looking Application...

I had a rough job history until I started following this site years ago. I have been slowly working on getting better. However, I did not have the same issues the driver did per say, but I had a rough time adjusting and finding my fit when I got out of the Army. I also worked 3 or 4 jobs at a time and discovered that this apparently looks bad to new employers as all they see is someone that worked 4 jobs in a year rather than someone working 4 jobs simultaneously while raising 2 kids and going to school. In my mind I thought "Man I look dedicated!" but that's not really how most companies see it apparently. I also am willing to admit a majority of my past issues were self inflicted.

I'm in a bit of the same predicament as far as job history goes. Three jobs in three years and part of that is having been unemployed for 7 months while doing whatever under the table work I can find to pay bills as well as contracting gigs.

It hasn't made it any easier trying to get into a paid CDL training course since when most of them see that, they reject it on the spot. I can't say I blame them since, while I have reasons for all of it, my resume reads like I'm a job hopper.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Taking the Dog with you OTR

The main thing I've been trying to think of is what breeds would probably lend themselves well to life in a truck. I'm a big fan of dogs and it's definitely a consideration for me when trying to get into the field. I've been in contact with somebody who breeds Kai Kens to see how they would deal with life on the road and I think if I end up staying in trucking for a good length of time, that's the route I'll be going.

I can't really speak on the distraction while driving portion of things. I think it's mostly going to be reliant on the kind of dog. Some don't take well to long trips. I wouldn't think being overprotective would necessarily be a bad thing unless you need to get your truck serviced. Otherwise I'd think it would be a blessing to have a grumpy ball of fur and fangs to ward off people you might not want around.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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An Introduction and Appreciation

Welcome to the forum! Even if you aren't actually new. I'm doing truck driving to get away from the medical field, still in training but I'm enjoying it. I went with Prime and for the 3 years verified employment if you have W-2s or paystubs that helps verification. Also got time not working or working self employed they will sometimes take a personal reference to account for that time. I'd say give them a look, but I'm sure other companies do similar things.

Good luck!

Thanks for the response and the welcome. I'm hoping that between W2s and personal references I'll be able to get into a program with a solid company. There may be gaps in my history but they're not due to me being unwilling to work hard and put time in. Mostly over the last three years the gaps have been due to IT work in my area being more customer service oriented and so they get a large number of people and end up offloading quite a few of them.

Just the nature of the beast when you screw around in college and don't devote yourself because you were a dumb kid.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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An Introduction and Appreciation

Hey, Thomas, welcome to the forum! (Sort of... You don't seem very new, lol.)

This is normally where I would post some links to some great info on the site here. But you seem like you're pretty familiar with the site already.

So, I will simply say (as someone coming from an IT background) that this is a great path for a restart. Plus, c'mon man, this is the coolest job in the world!
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So, welcome to your first post. Hope to see and hear more from ya around here!

Thanks Jeremy.

I actually just got done with what you've posted in your diary from your time with CRST. I had initially considered them, but the idea of Team driving just doesn't seem like my shtick. With that being said, who knows what said shtick will entail by the time I'm done. Glad to see that you've been enjoying what time you've gotten so far.

The first step for me is speaking to recruiters for various companies which I intend to do on Monday. One of the main things I', worried about is that a large number of them require positive references from previous employers and none of my previous employers are allowed to give professional references based on company policy. I'm hoping that won't end up being an issue, but there's only one way to find out.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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An Introduction and Appreciation

My main reason for starting this thread is probably more as an introduction. I've been reading over every resource on this website I could get my hands on to figure out if trucking would honestly be right for me and I feel it's only right to at least say hi.

Basically, I've been unemployed for going on 7 months. I was let go from my previous job as tech support due to them downsizing and it just so happened I was fairly low on the totem pole of seniority. Since then I've been doing contracting work and running a personal blacksmithing business mostly specializing in hunting knives to keep the bills paid. Ultimately, I've done a lot of dumb things that have lead me to the situation I'm in and I'm liking trucking as a way to at least reset and get my life on track.

I figure that by year two of driving, I'll know if it's for me. I've devoted that time to far worse jobs with long hours that paid a lot worse in the past and I'm thinking that no matter whether I stay with the profession or not, it will be a positive step for me. If at the end of two years I decide it isn't my thing, then I can try to get back into tech or warehouse in a much better position financially than I'm currently in. If I end up enjoying the job then it might be that I look for something local so that I can spend time with family. Regardless, I think it's probably the most positive step I could possibly take for myself.

To that end, I've settled on looking for a company that pays for CDL training. Based on the area I'm in and comparisons of different companies, I'm settling on a short list of companies with CFI being at the top (thanks to the tremendous amount of information Big Scott has provided about them on these forums).

I'm sort of in a unique position in that my fiancee is currently living in Ontario due to health concerns with one of her family members so we wouldn't really be together during this time anyways. Plus, a lot of my friends and family play games so in whatever free time I have, I figure a wireless hotspot and a solid laptop can help me there. Finally, I'm used to traveling and have never stayed in one place for more than a few years throughout my entire life so I like to think I'm adaptable to most situations.

Now that you all know my life story, I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the information you all put out there on this topic. It's been incredibly useful and helped cement my plans to at least give it a try. If I could devote 3 years of my life to a 3rd shift warehouse position that treated me like dirt for low pay and working 7 12 hour shifts with no end, I can at least devote the time to try and get my life on track.

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