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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Palatine, IL

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

As usual Brett you are right.

However...

Now here we are 9 months later and you're once again trying to get into companies that normally hire experienced drivers, and you're excited about the prospect. It's like we never had any of these conversations with you, or like none of this ever happened.

I am not "trying to get into companies that normally hire experienced drivers" - I applied and when contacted I noted their web site said they wanted experience. I questioned that immediately and was told they hired newly licensed drivers as well. I also found out later in the call that they own about 60 trucks.

AT THIS POINT IN TIME they are one of a few companies in contact, willing to offer me a chance. I believe I understand the risk and realize it would be FAR FROM IDEAL. It is, however, one of a few current options.

I am continuing to go down the lists...

Your link, member suggestions, my list and pretty much any other sources out there.

I also recall a member saying JB Hunt / Amazon sounded like a pretty good gig at the time I was considering it.

I'm sure you have access to that one as well...

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Look at Ryder's career website and see if they are hiring for any accounts in your area. They have a Driver Development Program, DDP, that does not require any experiance as long as you have your CDL.

You drive with a trainer for 6 weeks making a base pay, was $650/week when I did it in April 2018. After the 6 weeks you test out and then go solo making whatever that particular account pays.

Ryder is a Third Party Logistics company so the type of driving and equipment varies greatly depending upon the customer.

I imagine that Penske, Black Horse, etc have similar programs.

Thanks Greg. Just part-time in my (general) area now.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

The other part of my list...

Trucking companies that hire with no experience.

Covenant CR England CRST Decker Truck Lines KLLM Knight ** Maverick Melton Pam Transport ** Roehl Transport Schneider Stevens Transport ** Swift Transportation TMC - Flatbed only TransAm US Xpress ** West Side Transport

(Old notes... not current status): * = Quick Apply ** = They Responded

Guess I have more work to do!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Thanks all. Will check them all out.

About to do V&S Midwest (need to manually enter multiple residences). Did "quickie" with Veriha. They are advertising 5 Apprentice positions out of Sturtevant, WI!

Roehl also still live. 15-month commitment (or more) for CDL school...

Brett, not sure... don't think it was an exception... just didn't show Noobs on the web site.

Averitt was always 4 months.

Here is what I had documented a while back... not saying it is gospel... just a starting point...

Trucking Company Minimum Experience:

Bay and Bay 1 yr. Solo OTR Cardinal Logistics Mgmnt. - 9 months Fuchs - 18 months Heartland Express - 6 months OTR K&B Transportation - 6 months (FB confirmed) Magnum Express - 2 years OTR Marten 6 -9 months - 4 minimum! Red Classic Looks like 18 months SSIA 1-yr. or dock-to-driver b.s. Taylor Truck Lines - 6 months Zeller LLC - 2 years OTR

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Marc with some of these companies that have denied you, if they have their own school have you offered to downgrade your license and go through their company sponsored school as a permit holder? That may be something that's holding you up is being a CDL holder with a stale certificate and no real experience. I know you dont want to do that but if you're willing to run the idea by them it may change things. Either way, keep applying. We're all pulling for you.

Thanks Rob. Offered that to both Swift and Schneider. Neither recruiter even responded.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

More current list...

LIVE: CR England Decker Direct Transport - Call Denzil Monday 10/1 Halvor J-Mar Magnum PAM? Stevens? Western? West Side? Wilson?

Milan and CRST out of hiring area Recheck with CRST 3rd week in October 2019. Carolina Cargo requires 6-months

DECLINED: Millis RTS Swift Thomas E. Keller Prime US Express needs 6 months (experience) after Schneider failed backing test Marten needs 4 months.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

I appreciate the advice and continue to apply everywhere I can. Yes, I sometimes stop, rest, take on coffee and continue. My bad!

Here is the current list, which I continue to add to. See a truck on the road? Take down name and location, google, apply! Turns out one can't believe everything one reads as some companies say they require major experience but do take on Noobs. (One is a small company)...

TRUCKING APPLICATIONS STATUS:

LIVE: =================================== CR England J-Mar Decker Direct Transport - Call Denzil Monday 10/1

Milan and CRST out of hiring area. Recheck with CRST 3rd week in October 2019 (said it changes over time based on freight lanes)

DECLINED: Millis RTS Swift Thomas E. Keller Prime US Express needs 6 months (experience) after Schneider failed backing test Marten needs 4 months.

Pretty sure there are others. This is the most current.

Need to try / check on Halvor again.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Trifecta at Prime

Congratulations 40 Days!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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FINALLY !

Congratulations Stevo!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Have you spoken with Western Express, Carolina Cargo, or CR England?

Applied to (but have not spoken with) Western Express. Will do the other 2 after some sleep and coffee.

Thanks Brett!

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Seems I have become un-hireable. Apps in processing seem stalled. A few rejections, mostly just being ignored.

Guess I need to change my profile picture back again.

Seems handyman work is my current calling.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Oops! SWIFT pulled their job offer!

Thanks All. Already put that to Swift Recruiter.

Think I will try that with Schneider too!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Oops! SWIFT pulled their job offer!

Safety cited my "2 months" driving for other companies.

Messaged Recruiter. Not expecting it to change.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

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Marc I totally, 100% agree with Old School.

You have got to take ownership of this; your performance will be measured against a higher bar. Embrace the challenge.

Having trained many new drivers coming into the Walmart Account, I’ve heard lots of orientation stories. It’s an elongated job interview, not automatic, and expect you may be tested to evaluate skills before being assigned a mentor. Be mentally prepared for this.

Good luck!

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Thanks G. Road test already listed. Backing not. (That one is still a concern). Hope is their process is road test then Mentor. Backing improvement over time...

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Okay...but not sure what "already listed" means...

Please, whatever you do during any Swift backing exam, G.O.A.L. and make it very obvious. They will also test you after the 200 hours of mentoring is completed.

Already listed meaning already identified as a requirement.

NOT THAT IT MATTERS NOW!

GOT A MESSAGE SAYING SAFETY PUT A STOP TO THEIR BRINGING ME IN DUE TO 2 MONTHS DRIVING FOR OTHER COMPANIES. shocked.png

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

FYI... Ten Street / Driver Pulse also works (with many companies) for Onboarding purposes.

Recruiter needed to get her boss to approve my hiring. She was going to call or text me back. Because I have the app she just sent me a Conditional Offer letter via Driver Pulse, as was the hotel / Orientation information letter.

Just sharing my experience...

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Congrats Marc....git er done

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Marc I totally, 100% agree with Old School.

You have got to take ownership of this; your performance will be measured against a higher bar. Embrace the challenge.

Having trained many new drivers coming into the Walmart Account, I’ve heard lots of orientation stories. It’s an elongated job interview, not automatic, and expect you may be tested to evaluate skills before being assigned a mentor. Be mentally prepared for this.

Good luck!

Thanks G. Road test already listed. Backing not. (That one is still a concern). Hope is their process is road test then Mentor. Backing improvement over time...

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

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Hoping 3rd time is the charm! (I am approaching this as "do or die"). Not counting on being offered a 4th!

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Congratulations Marc!

Welcome to Swift.

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G-Town!

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