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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Retired Engineer wants to get into OTR Trucking, but having no success.

I can relate sir. I had 13 years experience, & a very clean driving record. I had to get out of the truck to help my mom take care of my dad, he had a major surgery and she really needed my help to watch over him at night in the hospital. Now he's at home & I stayed with him for few more yrs. Thank the amazing great Lord he's still doing good, but he'll never be the same. I've probably applied to almost every trucking company out there, & everyone says " not enough "recent" experience.. or they act like they cant belive I wasn't at the hospital with my father. I understand they don't know me etc. But I have no criminal background, they can run my license! Tho I dont have my hazmat or TWIC card , but it's still kinda amazing they just blow me off! I even had one recruiter lady tell me my work history was weak : o .. & didnt care bout my situation!! I cant buy my own truck simply because I dnt have a downpayment & most bankers want a 12 to 15 % downpayment.. my DOT card was just renewed but that's still not acceptable. I would go out with a trainer, if I could, but they always come back & say " our safety dept says you dont have anything from the last 3 years, so we can't bring you in" I may just give up on my CDL & get 2 jobs. I hope you end up having lot better luck than myself sir.... #StayBlessed

So, I've read up on all the thoughts, issues, problems, benefits, joys, evils, etc. of being a Trucker, and still I want in. Problem: four years ago, I parted from an evil employer, took half a year to look around, then gave up, retired early at 62 and went blue water sailing.

So I check in with all the companies looking to train, and all want a work history from the last three years. I have none. I can clear sail through a rough night squall, but apparently, not on the road in a truck.

I had a successful career as an electrical engineer, but as I got older, felt it wise to age proof better and got my accounting degree (and some work). But the reality is that no company really wants an "old guy" in their company whether in high tech, or accounting. I've always kept up with technology, social media, and the like, you know, just to stay relevant.

I thought perhaps I'd look more attractive to a hiring company if I got my DOT Card, CDL testing completed, Hazemat started, and TWIC. This isn't what they desire from me.... just the last three years in verifiable work history. So do I have to work some stupid job for three years to gain a current work history...???

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