Trying To Get On With Prime

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George A.'s Comment
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I recently called Prime Inc. about their CDL training. I want to go with Prime because from the research I've done it seems to be one of the best out there. Training and pay after training. However the recruiter I was assigned does not return phone calls or emails. I want to start school on September 28 (their next class) today is the 19th. I live in Philadelphia and the Pope will be here next weekend so getting out may be a challenge. I sent an email to the director of leasing for Prime complaining about the recruiter and letting him know Celadon is also interested in me. Is this wrong? I don't mind going to Celadon but I have to drive "Team" for them and I'm not crazy about sharing a truck with a stranger not to mention another graduate. I was a cop in Philly and you NEVER put 2 rookies in a patrol car why do it in a 80,000 lbs truck. George

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I would say you might have made a bad move.

You may have heard that truckers are in high demand, and that might make you think that you have some leverage as a newcomer to the industry.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

These major companies have more applicants than they know what to do with, and they typically turn away a large percentage even in the first few days of orientation. They're very specific about what they're looking for, and many people don't measure up.

I would say that coming on so strong the way you did, going over the recruiter's head and trying to play the "I have another offer" game, probably got your application tossed.

I think your best bet is to try Celadon or another company, with a much more patient, appreciative and humble approach.

Susan D. 's Comment
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...I sent an email to the director of leasing for Prime complaining about the recruiter and letting him know Celadon is also interested in me. Is this wrong?

in a nutshell... yes, it's wrong. I'm sure the recruiter is extremely busy and that recruiter is a respected and known employee. They don't know you from Adam.

I had a recruiter from another company that I dislike immensely. . However, I make sure I'm as polite as possible and thank her for her time. Besides should I choose to work for that company, once I am in, I'll probably never hear from her again as her work with me would be done.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

George A.'s Comment
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Thanks. I kind of thought so after I hit the send button. However as Brett on this web had an article on how a recruiter is supposed to "Sell youon the company " this woman has done everything but. I do appreciate your answer. Stay safe.

I would say you might have made a bad move.

You may have heard that truckers are in high demand, and that might make you think that you have some leverage as a newcomer to the industry.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

These major companies have more applicants than they know what to do with, and they typically turn away a large percentage even in the first few days of orientation. They're very specific about what they're looking for, and many people don't measure up.

I would say that coming on so strong the way you did, going over the recruiter's head and trying to play the "I have another offer" game, probably got your application tossed.

I think your best bet is to try Celadon or another company, with a much more patient, appreciative and humble approach.

George A.'s Comment
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I guess it's my city "Kiss my A** attitude, oh well. NEXT!!

Old School's Comment
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Hey George, I have a different take on this.

We hear this complaint about Prime's recruiters often. The truth is that they are extremely busy. It may very well be that your recruiter is waiting on someone else who is looking over your application to give her the "thumbs up."

I often times tell people that persistence is your best friend when trying to break into this business. If you want to go with Prime then keep pursuing it, but don't count on them getting you out of town before the man with the funny hat shows up. I would imagine if they weren't already booked up you would have heard from them.

Here's what I would do. Call that recruiter every morning at 0700 her time - then if you don't get through, call every fifteen minutes for that first hour. You may be thinking "that's nuts, she should call me back!" But I promise you they haven't tossed your application - it is working it's way through their system.

I've been inside these trucking recruiter offices and it is a madhouse most days. Lighten up, be patient, but be persistent. When you do speak to someone just tell them you would like to check on the progress of your application. They will probably ask for your social security number or some identifying information, and in just a few moments they will be talking to you about what you need to do to get started.

Hang in there, if you want to go to Prime don't settle for less.

George A.'s Comment
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Hey George, I have a different take on this.

We hear this complaint about Prime's recruiters often. The truth is that they are extremely busy. It may very well be that your recruiter is waiting on someone else who is looking over your application to give her the "thumbs up."

I often times tell people that persistence is your best friend when trying to break into this business. If you want to go with Prime then keep pursuing it, but don't count on them getting you out of town before the man with the funny hat shows up. I would imagine if they weren't already booked up you would have heard from them.

Here's what I would do. Call that recruiter every morning at 0700 her time - then if you don't get through, call every fifteen minutes for that first hour. You may be thinking "that's nuts, she should call me back!" But I promise you they haven't tossed your application - it is working it's way through their system.

I've been inside these trucking recruiter offices and it is a madhouse most days. Lighten up, be patient, but be persistent. When you do speak to someone just tell them you would like to check on the progress of your application. They will probably ask for your social security number or some identifying information, and in just a few moments they will be talking to you about what you need to do to get started.

Hang in there, if you want to go to Prime don't settle for less

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I appreciate it very much. All the best.

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Must be something on your record or app,that they dont like. They didnt call me back either. I laugh every time I pass their SLOW trucks, Trucking simulator...what a joke. Move on.

George A.'s Comment
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I'm a former COP!! Are you driving for another company? Yes or no will do, don't need to know the name.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Must be something on your record or app,that they dont like. They didnt call me back either. I laugh every time I pass their SLOW trucks, Trucking simulator...what a joke. Move on.

When are you going to dig your head out of the pit and start giving folks some decent advice? You can laugh all you want, the truth is those slow drivers are making more money than you and that's what matters.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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