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    Simi valley, CA

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    1 year, 7 months ago

Jaybird9094's Bio

Hey everyone, my name is Jay! I am a new CDL A grad. I am currently looking for my new home on the road for my first complete year. Ive read repeatedly my first year is my hardest

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Did you end up giving up on the search, Jaybird ???

Let us know!

and . . . MERRY CHRISTMAS~!!

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~ Anne ~

Anne! No the search continues! I actually used social media as a tool and put an ISO post and had friends repost it! As of now i have an interview with a tanker company! I have also attained my hazmat endorsement as well as my TWIC card (in the mail). I took the drug test as well for a port job in long beach hauling intermodal. Just waiting on that twic card to move forward with that position. If by chance any of these opportunities fall through i will be rollin with PRIME INC. FINGERS CROSSED AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS LADIES N GENTS

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Just trying to help, man. Sorry about the S/O . . . that's tough. I understand that. Will keep my brain wheels turning for ya.

~ Anne ~

Anne, i greatly appreciate your input! Unfortunately i am outside 90% of those companies hiring location being i reside in Los Angeles🤦‍♂️. PAM, Millis, Vehira, TMC, Roehl (out of hiring areas) , Western Express required 6 months experience since i got my license independently. Wilson Logistics/Jim Palmer, same story as Western Express, schneider for reasons discussed earlier, Swift i just felt they were bait and hooking me as she refused to email me a spreadsheet of their pay scale and they offer the lowest pay and put me on the "DOLLAR" accounts. Werner only has the "DOLLAR" routes which ive been told countless to avoid. CRST drives in teams and i am skeptical of putting my lif in someone elses hands while i sleep. C.r. England pay is pretty low aswell.

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Just trying to help, man. Sorry about the S/O . . . that's tough. I understand that. Will keep my brain wheels turning for ya.

~ Anne ~

Anne, i greatly appreciate your input! Unfortunately i am outside 90% of those companies hiring location being i reside in Los Angeles🤦‍♂️. PAM, Millis, Vehira, TMC, Roehl (out of hiring areas) , Western Express required 6 months experience since i got my license independently. Wilson Logistics/Jim Palmer, same story as Western Express, schneider for reasons discussed earlier, Swift i just felt they were bait and hooking me as she refused to email me a spreadsheet of their pay scale and they offer the lowest pay and put me on the "DOLLAR" accounts. Werner only has the "DOLLAR" routes which ive been told countless to avoid. CRST drives in teams and i am skeptical of putting my lif in someone elses hands while i sleep. C.r. England pay is pretty low aswell.

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Have you checked out US Express? Brett drove for them, I believe .. early on; as did my husband.. Less than a week of training nowadays, for new CDL holders. Doesn't that sound 'do'able?'

YEP, NOPE! ... on ANY Dollar accounts. Kudos go OUT to Papa Pig, my friend Ray ......he's an exception to the rule. Werner has a LOT of those. I still wouldn't discount Swift, and again, since they've merged with Knight somehow .. you could also check Knight. If Swift only wants you for the dollar accounts, then.. hail no . That's odd, though. Hmmm...

Have you checked CFI also? There's 2 new ones I'm tossing to ya,. as my brain rattles; waiting on the hubby to come home in the snow, LoL~!

I try, I feel you. Sheesh. Again, I pray the S/O better !

~ Anne ~

I thank you for your efforts! I appreciate you

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Just trying to help, man. Sorry about the S/O . . . that's tough. I understand that. Will keep my brain wheels turning for ya.

~ Anne ~

Anne, i greatly appreciate your input! Unfortunately i am outside 90% of those companies hiring location being i reside in Los Angeles🤦‍♂️. PAM, Millis, Vehira, TMC, Roehl (out of hiring areas) , Western Express required 6 months experience since i got my license independently. Wilson Logistics/Jim Palmer, same story as Western Express, schneider for reasons discussed earlier, Swift i just felt they were bait and hooking me as she refused to email me a spreadsheet of their pay scale and they offer the lowest pay and put me on the "DOLLAR" accounts. Werner only has the "DOLLAR" routes which ive been told countless to avoid. CRST drives in teams and i am skeptical of putting my lif in someone elses hands while i sleep. C.r. England pay is pretty low aswell.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime current info:

Why are you limiting yourself to these companies though?

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Ive read prime pays the best. Not to put out a sob story but my fiance is ill and can not work. Blood clotting in her limbs and lungs have rendered her disabled. So i must succeed. I need to be able to pay the bills during training. Swift there is no documentation of their pay and they refuae to email me a spread sheet. Schneider, well you can read how i no longer qualify for them. Do you recommend any others besides PRIME?

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Prime current info:

Why are you limiting yourself to these companies though?

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Ive read prime pays the best. Not to put out a sob story but my fiance is ill and can not work. Blood clotting in her limbs and lungs have rendered her disabled. So i must succeed. I need to be able to pay the bills during training. Swift there is no documentation of their pay and they refuae to email me a spread sheet. Schneider, well you can read how i no longer qualify for them. Do you recommend any others besides PRIME?

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Have you tried this ^^^ ???? SO many companies, so little applicants ~!! I'd start there...IIWY.

Have you looked at Georgia Mike's thread(s?) ... Started with Western Express, now driving for Freymiller.

Jim Palmer?

Forget what you want to haul .. ie: boxes, reef, cans, flats... any preference?

You are WAY limiting yourself. I'd be balking up Swift's butt...

How about ROEHL? They pay while training, as well.....IIRC.

Wish you well.... for real.

~ Anne ~

Jim palmer is coupled with wilson logistics and they denied me until i have 6 months experience because i attained my license elsewhere. Roehl called and stated they are not hiring in my area. Swift did not want to put any kind of pay "in writing" sooooo. Seemed sketchy.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime current info:

Why are you limiting yourself to these companies though?

Ive read prime pays the best. Not to put out a sob story but my fiance is ill and can not work. Blood clotting in her limbs and lungs have rendered her disabled. So i must succeed. I need to be able to pay the bills during training. Swift there is no documentation of their pay and they refuae to email me a spread sheet. Schneider, well you can read how i no longer qualify for them. Do you recommend any others besides PRIME?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Ughhh i applied at Northern Refrigerated, had a great interview but the hiring manager chose someone with more experience. Again not mad, just not meant to be. Wilson logistics also called ans said im no longer qualified as i already went to school and have my license. To call after i hav 6 months or experience. So now that pretty much narrows me down to PRIME INC. Any one else have recent feedback on their process at PRIME?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest. So now im left choosing between the companies listed.

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What where you honest about that messed up the opportunity? Honest is always the best policy as the truth always has a way of coming out.

We attended a birthday party for my best friend around 2018, someone thought it would be a great funny idea to discretely lay a tray of "special" brownies on the dessert table.. well, after a few drinks i tend to wanna snack. what can I say? Im chubby and i love brownies. So i unknowingly shoved one down the hatch. I quickly realized after swallowing that it had a "skunky" after taste. Yep. I got got. It was funny at the time because i didn't see myself entering the trucking career. Now it aint so funny. I didnt try to force regurgitating because it was legal. Figured I had nothing to worry about. WRONGGGGGGGGG

Long story short i was upfront and told them i had unknowingly ate a pot brownie close to two years ago and bam. They dropped me faster than i could say "just kidding".

I learned my hard lesson. Continue to stay honest and have better self control when hitting the h'ordeuvres Or dessert tables. Hahaha

I got a call from Northern Refrigerated today. Fingers crossed! Heading to an interview in the afternoon tomorrow!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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I started with Schneider and EVERYTHING they promised was true. BUT, I made sure I asked all the questions I needed to.

There was a promised sign-on bonus. But, it gets paid out over the first year. So I didn’t feel cheated when the full bonus didn’t show up right away.

Average annual pay for dry van was quoted around $60k. But, I asked if that was realistic first year pay...nope.

Starting pay seemed low at $.28/mile. But, because I asked, they explained the increases at 3, 6 & 12 months. So I didn’t feel I was being abused after two months of low pay.

My point is; ASK all the questions you need to. Make sure you clarify your expectations.

On the tanker issue, I recommend you get some experience BECAUSE, you may find yourself driving some country roads, mountain switchbacks or steep descents that it would be good to have experience handling before attempting while hauling a tanker.

I hope this helps.

See! Schneider was my first pick but i messed thay opportunity up being honest. So now im left choosing between the companies listed.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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I do dollar general with Werner but never did a dollar tree unload.

How do you like the Dollar General run? Theu offered me that but everyone says run from it!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Jaybird, trucking is not an easy career to break into. You can tell by Leeva804's remarks that some folks still have bitter feelings from their early days of getting started.

There's a lot of misunderstandings about this career. Some people hear something like, "You can earn up to 60,000 dollars your rookie year," and they take that as a promise. It's clearly not.

Trucking is a performance based business. Everything about this commodity business requires efficiency and high levels of productivity. Rookies just aren't capable of consistently producing at the highest levels. Expect your first year to be challenging. Just don't blame the challenges on "broken promises." That's not the issue at all.

I was actually surprised to see Leeva804 claiming so many broken promises. I honestly think he misunderstood some things, much like my example I gave. I have only worked for large trucking companies. They've never made any promises to me.

Here's what they did. They gave me an opportunity. They made it clear that I could have a future and a great income, but there were no promises made. Everything they offered was contingent on my performance.

I have had a great career and earned some big money. I always understood it was up to me to work at a level that produced those kind of results. I never counted on the company. The company counted on me. That's how trucking works. You are the driving force. You control your own results. It's a whole lot like being self employed. You make your own decisions and you live with the consequences.

I've written a lot about this subject. I know it well. Here's an article you should read carefully. I hope it will help you understand how to make a big splash into this rewarding career. It explains the basic details of how you become a Top Tier Driver.

Each of the companies you mentioned are great places to work. We never recommend that Dollar Tree account to rookies. Some have survived it, but it's a tough nut to crack. I'd steer clear of that one. Otherwise any of those options are worth going after.

I absolutely agree with this man! I strongly believe that you get what you put in! I dont expect things to be handed to me because they haven't and it feels good to earn it on my own. I just hate being taken advantage of when im doing my best to be a "TOP" anything. So many horror stories of logs being reset, miles being shorted, being "punished" for standing up for yourself to dispatchers etc.

I appreciate everyone's feedback! Great community here!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Hey everyone, my name is Jay! I am a new CDL A grad and new to Trucking Truth. I am currently looking for my new home on the road for my first complete year. My goal is to put my year in maybe a bit more and eventually get into fuel tanker locally. Ive read repeatedly my first year is my hardest year so i am bracing myself for that while i apply to many jobs that hire new inexperienced drivers. I do NOT expect to get rich early on either haha. Im a cautious /safe driver, l love driving, i have great work ethic, i dont complain much but i also dont take a liking to not receiving what was promised if i pulled through on my end.

Ive chosen a few places that im strongly considering and would appreciate any input from recent hires or anyone with some insight. I am looking at-

-PRIME INC -WILSON LOGISTICS -WERNER ENTERPRISES (only dollar tree position is available) -NORTHERN REFRIGERATED -SWIFT (seems like they kinda pay the least?)

If anyone has current info or feelings about these carriers id greatly appreciate your input! P.s. i also considered Schneider but I fudged that one up.

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