Time To Hold My Breath

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Submitted my application to Prime. Talked to my recruiter. If I'm accepted I'll be at Prime on March 7.

But there's a problem.

My work history these last 3 years has been very sporadic. On its face I have exceeded the number of jobs Prime will allow in that time period. He asked me to send him an email briefly explaining the the reasons for the frequent job changes, and he was going to get with a supervisor to see if they will make an exception in my case. They obviously still haven't run the full background and employment checks, but if I can't make it past this round then I won't be going to Prime.

At least, not right away.

He did say if they didn't pick me up this round that he will instruct me on what requirements I need to meet before being able to reapply. And that might just mean hanging out at my current job for a little while longer.

So, fingers crossed. I'll keep you guys posted.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, you'll get out there one way or another. Doesn't matter if it's with Prime or not. I know everyone likes to hunt for their special "unicorn" as I've started to refer to them. The one or two incredible companies that just stand out above the rest and if you can just get in there life will be amazing!

Of course these unicorns don't exist but it's one of those ideas I've never been able to convince people of. But you can be sure you'll be out there trucking with someone and if you do an awesome job and you're easy to get along with like you've always been with us then you'll do awesome. Doesn't matter what color the truck is or what name is on the side. If you're a top tier driver and you know how to work well with people you'll do great anywhere you go.

Getting started in trucking is like any long and challenging journey. You have a good idea of where you'd like to end up eventually but God only knows what lies between here and there. You just have to roll with it one day at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Good luck to you. Hope it works out well. Can't wait till I get behind the wheel of a big rig .

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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True. I'm currently on here looking at the updated info for a couple of other carriers: Werner, Roehl, Schneider, etc. I'm going to refine my backup plan just in case. I'll get into a company, even if it's not my first choice. Of course, if they say I just have to stay at my current job for 1 year (I've been there already 8 months) then that's an acceptable wait time for me. But if they want anything more than that I don't want to wait around any longer. I'll apply with my other choices and see who comes back with an offer and start date.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Miss Miyoshi, you were working lots of tour gigs, right? If you did essentially the same thing on many different tours, you might be able to mash that experience into one job. Sort of like a house painter would do.

"House painter for 10 years. Here's a list of some of my customers.". (Then drop names like crazy!)

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I did that, but I also had a lot of bartender/server/retail jobs in between those tours. It's all coming out to about 4 jobs a year, and that exceeds their limits, apparently. (I have to go by what IRS forms I have, and frankly because tours paid cash there were some tours I didn't claim.) So, yeah. We'll see. I'm not super nervous. I know there are options either way.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Gah. Roehl is out. I filled out the quick form and it immediately came back with a message that they were not hiring in my area. On to the next.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Good Luck Miyoshi!

Dwight's Comment
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Schneider has been hiring for their Walmart DC in Gordonsville, VA. including new drivers. If you have to go to a local school CDS north of Fredericksburg is good if you get a pre-hire.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Good news! Don called me back and I passed the first round! Now they'll process my application like normal and told me if I didn't hear anything from him by Monday to give him a call. So at least I got through that part.

Now more waiting and nail biting....

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