Profile For Cecelia

Cecelia 's Info

  • Location:
    OK

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    3 months, 4 weeks ago

Cecelia 's Bio

My name is Cecelia, most people call me CeCe. I am 24 years old. I served 4.5 years in the Army, decided to get out in beginning of 2018. I am married, and my husband is still active duty. Interested in getting my CDL and starting a new career.

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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RealDiehl thank you , this was a big help 😊 I was asking about home time, pay, benefits, but I was forgetting to ask about fuel bonuses and other things. I spoke with Roehl but they have no job opportunities for me out of Oklahoma. I definitely am flexible with time out with trainer I just want to make sure I'm trained properly and ready when it's time to go Solo.

I will start by saying that your success and happiness with any company is almost entirely up to you. You can achieve both with any company you choose.

A couple ideas to help you decide.

How long do you want to be out with a trainer? You can ask each company how long they require you to be with a trainer before going solo. If you want to go solo as quickly as possible, choose a company with a shorter requirement, and vice versa.

Ask companies if they pay fuel and/or safety bonuses. If you want to drive for a company that offers these bonuses, this may also help you to narrow down your choices.

Ask how much you will be paid during training.

Ask about home time policies. Most are pretty standard but some, like Roehl, offer many options.

If you would like to bring a pet or a person on the road with you, ask about their pet and rider policies to see what suits you best.

If you are interested in driving reefer, flatbed, or tanker, find out what companies have these divisions.

Think of it like you are interviewing them. Gain as much knowledge as you can, for your benefit, before making a decision.

If you receive answers that you have doubts about or you feel were not adequately explained, dont hesitate to post your questions here. Hopefully someone will be able to give you more clarification.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Hey Jim! Thank you for responding. Lol I have had some ice cream but not too much. πŸ˜… I have yet to speak with a Swift Recruiter but I do plan on it. How has your experience been so far? It's funny you say that, Schneider has not been pushing a Dollar account more Team Driver. Werner is pushing the Dollar accounts but I have been overlooking that. It's not the companies fault the recruiter is pushing that when I have expressed I dont want it. I'm open to most Mega Carriers.

Don’t they give ice cream after tonsil surgery? You could eat much ice cream. Good to hear about your recovery. I am mentoring with Swift right now. One of the things that was a factor in my decision was tuition reimbursement, which Swift offers. I also wanted a big company with many divisions and opportunities. Werner and Knight were also high on my list. Schneider sent a recruiter to my school, but they really seem to push those Dollar accounts on new grads, which are driver unload on multiple stops. Hope that helps.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Thank you Old School. I really appreciate your response. I'll be sure to remember all advice from podcast, discussions, etc. I did make the decision that I dont want to start out flatbed. I think I'd be more comfortable starting Dry Van as a rookie.

Cecelia, Congratulations so far!

Hey, this may not help you but I'm going to throw it out there. People wring their hands over which company to start with. I can't tell you how much angst I've witnessed in our forum over this decision. It's honestly not very critical which trucking company you go with. They're all doing the same job, often working with the same customers. There's not much difference between them. Here's the critical thing...

You are the critical factor. There's not a single trucking company that can make you successful at this. Here's how I know this. Everyone of the companies you are interested in has a long list of people who failed an attempt at starting their career with them. The company couldn't help them succeed. They also have a long list of very successful drivers. Those drivers made it happen. They were committed and endured the problems and issues that face all of us as newbies.

The single most important thing for you is to get your head in the game and stay there. Stick it out one full year before you switch companies - that's critical. Keep your head down and ignore all the whiners and complainers that you will come across. Always bring your problems or issues in here and we will help you. You aren't going to face anything that we haven't already conquered.

Don't take your career advice from the people who aren't making it happen.

Don't Let The Terminal Rats Derail Your Career

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I went through CDL School, received my certificate. If anyone remembers I posted awhile ago about my tonsil surgery. It was a success, super painful. I still cant eat normal but weight loss at least lol. I've been in contact with recruiters from Werner, Schneider, Western Express. I was speaking with someone from US Xpress but he hasn't really gotten back with me like the others. There are so many companies still: Swift, Knight, Roehl, etc. I just wanted to thank everyone for the advice and encouragement. I can be very indecisive, so I'm still thinking of what company to go with. Anyone have some advice on how you made the decision or narrowed it down?

Thank you !

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL School

Next week is week 4, that means it's my final week! I am stressing. I can hardly sleep. I'm doing good withn backing maneuvers and learning pre trip but I am STRUGGLING with my upshift/downshift . Especially downshifts. Other ppl in my class make it look easy. I guess I'm stressing so much because it's really important to me and I want my CDL. Anyhow hope all is well with everyone. Drop some encouragement and advice if you dont mind. Much love!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Dollar General And Dollar Tree Accounts

I'm on week 2 of truck driving school. We have had many company representatives/recruiters come talk to us. I was really considering Werner but the recruiter that was talking to me keeps trying to convince me to go to a Dollar Tree or Dollar General account in my area. I know they have OTR . My friend is considering DG or DT. Can you all attach the links or tell me why those accounts are bad, I know I've read it before on here.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Crap Companies

Thnx G Town ! I haven't seen that article yet, I'll definitely check it out.

Cecelia I guarantee you the genius who recorded those videos never worked for one of this companies...

Internet of Lies & Misinformation

We hear this constantly. Nonsense. I can assure you; good drivers can be wildly successful at every company mentioned.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Crap Companies

Thank you so much. I had a terrible experience in the military but I dont go around telling ppl it's horrible. I take all of those YouTube videos with a grain of salt.

Hi Cecelia, I know that channel myself, I don't care much for it really, mostly negative and dissuading info for anyone looking to start out in the field . I'm always on the hunt for a good YouTube channel that is relevant to the the field but his channel is pretty much much a nonstop whinefest about most parts of the job and doesn't really help you find a way to get off to a solid start . Most of these guys are angry about a lot of stuff that really shouldn't matter to you right now so take what they say with a grain of salt . The more I've looked into it and been around this site is that you will get what you put in , No industry is perfect but remember any Yahoo can get a YouTube channel . I've had a solid Navy career so far and have lots of positive things to say but there's a ton of youtubers saying how the military screws you over . I see a lot of parallels with the trucking industry. Anyway good luck to you and keep the shiny side up . Dont let negative people mess you up.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Crap Companies

I was perusing through YouTube and I saw a gentleman who makes videos called "Crap Companies" or something like that. I mean this guy was naming: Swift, US Xpress, PAM, Schneider, Western Express, USA Truck, etc. You name it, this guy has a myriad of videos talking about how terrible these companies are.

How would he know that? There's no way you worked for all these companies.

As someone who isn't even technically a rookie yet I thought it was very toxic to be making things like this. And unfortunately, many people in the comments were thanking this man for "warning" them.

CeCe

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Company Questions

Hello again all. I've spoken with US Xpress, Prime, and Schneider. I've received pre employment letters from 2 of them. Recently, I saw a YRC truck over by my house. There is a truck stop and restaurants close to my house. I looked them up and I saw it was LTL and Union company How does that differ from companies like the mega carriers I named above if there is a big difference at all? Curious. Everyday I learn something new researching the trucking industry.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice Please

Thank you and yes my doctor was very blunt about the complications that may occur especially with adults. I'll definitely be sure to get all my paperwork especially regarding my medications.

Tonsil removal for an adult can be a literal nightmare and can take a month or more for those doubting her yes some bounce back quick but its common for infections slow healing and extreme pain also keep that in mind the pain medication you will absolutely require is a big no no so keep all paperwork

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice Please

Yeah Doctor said it's a much safer and quicker procedure as a kid. Adults have higher chance of complications. πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

Tonsils being removed is a 30 day recovery? I remember mine as a kid, and a couple of days for a sore throat and then after that was pretty much healed.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice Please

Thank you Turtle !

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but I think I should just go ahead and knock it out so I can just get on the road and stay on the road no problems.

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This ^^

Take care of your surgery first. Tell the companies what's going on, they'll understand and be more than willing to push back your start date. Then when you're ready to commit, commit 100%. You'll need zero distractions to take away from your focus on the road. Good luck!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice Please

Thank you. I just wanted advice from people who have been doing this and know the industry. Will it be a problem if I get my CDL in August but dont start driving for a company until October. My surgery recovery will be all of September.

Plus doing 6 months OTR then going out for surgery does not guarantee you keep your job. According to FMLA, you need 1500 hours of work the calender year before to qualify, unless the company allows, to secure your employment. Therfore you would have had to work at your company for 1500 hours during 2018 to go out in 2019.

get it done now. they always have placements.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Nervous!

It's Troops Into Transportation. A school offered for active duty military and veterans but I'll be in Fort Hood Texas. I've been speaking with US Xpress, Prime, and Swift. At the completion of my school they have representatives from Werner, JB Hunt, Schneider and fee others coming to speak with us.

Cecelia, best of luck for you! What school are you going to? Any company lined up yet?

As Pete and Banks hint, this isn't as easy as most people expect. I'll tell you, you will probably become extremely frustrated in the course. I was, until I considered quitting from frustration. (Obviously I didn't) Stick to it, and consider each failure as a learning experience.

Finally, on the road part, you have to get in the frame of mind that your truck is 70 feet long, not 20 feet like a car. Start a training diary in the CDL Training Diaries section so we can watch your progress and cheer you on!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice Please

As I stated in my last post, I go to school July 29 and the schedule says until August 23. My doctor said I need to have my tonsils removed. I told them about my school so she said next available is September 3. I have companies such as US Xpress, Prime and Swift recruiters who have been keeping up with me and offering accounts. I can push the surgery date it is up to me but I think I should just go ahead and knock it out so I can just get on the road and stay on the road no problems. Do you think these companies will no longer want me or offer accounts because I would be waiting even longer to start? Should I at least do 6 months OTR before scheduling the surgery. Or should I knock out the surgery and recovery before getting OTR. Thank you all

Posted:  2 months ago

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Nervous!

Hey again everyone. I finally go to school July 29. I am feeling nervous about if I will get everything down in a timely manner. I just want to absorb everything I can from the instructors and I'm praying I get the hang of driving the trucks. Never even driven a standard. On the plus side I'm feeling excited too. This is something I've been talking about doing for 6 or so months now. Any tips? Wish me luck!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Dry van, Reefer, Flatbed

I would just like more information on the difference in Dry van, Reefer, and Flatbed. I understand what they are but how does that effect the trucking in general? What advice does everyone have that does each of these? Do you recommend any of these for a rookie driver to start out their first year? Many blessings? Thank you.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Total Transportation of Mississippi

Hello again everyone, Does anyone have any personal experience with Total Transportation of Mississippi? As I have been doing my research on a lot of companies I came across this one and I didn't see it on this website under the reviews, am I missing it? Any information? Thanks in advance.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Seeking Advice For Military Veterans

I did a private school and used my GI benefits. (Post 9/11 GI Bill). Then, I went with a company that also had an apprenticeship program. That allowed me to use a year of my benefits to get my housing stipend. Helps offset the whole first year pay thing. The company I went with also had tuition reimbursement. So I got paid the money that Uncle Sam spent on my schooling to get my CDL. Not to mention I got paid my housing stipend that month and book allowance. So I made money going to school by using my education benefits. It was a win/win for me.

LDRSHIP, you are one of the first people besides one other that has told me it worked out for you. I have a friend who also went through a private CDL school using GI Bill and now he drives for Werner and is taking advantage of their veteran reimbursement program. Win/Win for him as well. Thank you.

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