How Long To Stay At Your First Company.

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Shane S.'s Comment
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I am currently with a flatbed company and have landed a very good regional job but I am getting to where I miss home. I am looking into finding a tanker job getting me home every night. I want to be home partially because I miss my fiancé and partially because she had some health issues. I would be giving notice ahead of time once I had a job lined up. I know the company I'm at now would hire me back. They are very pleased with me. My question is would 6 months be too soon to switch to another company?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I am currently with a flatbed company and have landed a very good regional job but I am getting to where I miss home. I am looking into finding a tanker job getting me home every night. I want to be home partially because I miss my fiancé and partially because she had some health issues. I would be giving notice ahead of time once I had a job lined up. I know the company I'm at now would hire me back. They are very pleased with me. My question is would 6 months be too soon to switch to another company?

You should stick it out for one year. After that the sky is the limit. You would be able to find a good job after 6 months, but you would most likely have more/better optionscafter a year. And your current company may have a better route open up by then, too.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Shane S.'s Comment
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I'm getting home pretty regularly, about every weekend. I was surprised how often I've been getting home since I love near Corpus Christi, TX. I know I would have better options but if I have an opportunity to join a good tanker outfit I would like to but I am worried about that looking bad as far as work history. I chose flatbed because it was more physically demanding but I've gotten to love it. I just would love done more money and to be home almost every night or every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shane S.'s Comment
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I'm sorry if I sounded as if I'm trying to argue. Another issue is I thought my fiancé would be able to come with me after 90 days but she now has a good job. It is very difficult being away from each other and bit knowing when I'll be home.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brian 's Comment
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I just made my one year this month, I looked into local opportunities prior to going a full year, and they were available, but the pay was weak. I'm currently researching local jobs again, and have found plenty good paying now that I have the year under my belt.

Just taking my time now to make sure I don't sell my self short, and het the right fit for me.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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I would stick it out until the one year mark and then take your time finding the right place but remember as well home every weekend is damn good home time in this industry and if your getting the miles I would think about sticking it out. A lot of these companies lie their butts off so i would be careful what you do as well.

Shane S.'s Comment
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I would stick it out until the one year mark and then take your time finding the right place but remember as well home every weekend is damn good home time in this industry and if your getting the miles I would think about sticking it out. A lot of these companies lie their butts off so i would be careful what you do as well.

Alright and my miles are decent, I am Texas regional right now making $0.43/mile on a sliding scale. It's not bad at ask and my company is very honest and straightforward with me which I know is hard to find. I guess I'm being stubborn since I habent had to be away from my fiancé for long periods of time in awhile. How big of a difference will it make on my pay if I wait a full year?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Depends on the company mostly but usually it can be a significant difference a lot of the good paying companies won't touch you until a year i would also check local oilfield work if you want to do tanker work they usually pay good and if you're from the area they can get you home almost every night and work it like a regular job with 14 hr shifts.

Shane S.'s Comment
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Depends on the company mostly but usually it can be a significant difference a lot of the good paying companies won't touch you until a year i would also check local oilfield work if you want to do tanker work they usually pay good and if you're from the area they can get you home almost every night and work it like a regular job with 14 hr shifts.

Okay, thank you. I'm from the Corpus Christi area so the oil field is going pretty good down there. If I did change companies I would do lots of research because wherever I went I know I would need to stay plus I want to build up my 401k while I'm young. I'll most likely stay where I am unless I find something super good that will take me with 6 months experience. Also it may help waiting since I'm only 22. I know a lot of tanker companies want aa minimum age of 23. Thank you for the feedback!

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