Let The Journey Begin (App Process)

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Charlie Mac's Comment
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Submitted applications to USA Trucking & Prime Inc.

I'm at the level of comfort (Thanks in huge part to TT) that I'm anxious to get the show on the road...literally.

If all else fails, I've enough stashed away for private school. I'm still currently employed...but hope it won't come to needing private schooling as I'd like for my family to have a reasonable financial cushion while I'm training. If not...I'm prepared either way.

I tried to speak to a Prime recruiter tonight but (presumably) due to the current time I just left a voicemail. My current job has strict time constraints so I hope I get a call back in the morning.

It has begun. Wish me luck!

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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Good luck! good-luck.gif

Sometimes Prime can be hard to get ahold of but don't let that get you down. They are a great company. Their recruiters are just really busy with the large amount of applications coming through. Just stay persistent and you will get in touch with someone. It may take several attempts.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Good luck! good-luck.gif

Sometimes Prime can be hard to get ahold of but don't let that get you down. They are a great company. Their recruiters are just really busy with the large amount of applications coming through. Just stay persistent and you will get in touch with someone. It may take several attempts.

That's good to know, thanks! I tried again this morning & after a short wait I got a different " please leave a message" dialogue then last night.

I'll try again when I get off of work. If all else fails I'm off all day Tuesday & will bombard the recruiting line until I get a human.

A recruiter from USA Truck has already sent me an email asking me to call or text her. They have a terminal in my city, but I've read A LOT of mixed reviews on this company. I'm gonna try to wait Prime out for the time being. Their drivers seem relatively happy.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Anchorman's Comment
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Daniel B. once spoke with a recruiter @ Prime during his time there. He said that the average workload was 400-500 applicants at one time for a busy recruiter. Here is the entire thread: Had a chat with a recruiter yesterday!

I would also recommend reading Brett's article on The Biggest Mistake New Drivers Make When Speaking With Recruiters.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Thanks for the tips. I recieved a message from my wife that a Prime recruiter had called shortly after I left for work... Luckily she's pretty bright & thought to ask for his extension. I'm gonna try to ring him after the boss leaves, that would be an akward conversation for her to overhear lol.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Got in touch with my Prime recruiter (nice guy named Travis). He said my app looked great & seemed thoroughly impressed that I've been with my current company for so long. We chatted for a bit about the OTR lifestyle & the phases of the training process. He finished up by asking for my approval to go ahead & push my app through to the Employment verification & background check steps (That's a good sign right?). I don't foresee any issues there, had to have 2 background checks processed for my current job.

I should hear back from them by Tuesday. Wish me luck.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anchorman's Comment
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Great news!

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Keep us updated!

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Douglas A.'s Comment
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They're a pain to get a hold of... But I just pushed my app forward Friday as well.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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They're a pain to get a hold of... But I just pushed my app forward Friday as well.

That's terrific! I downloaded this app for my phone called "Driver Pulse". It sends you updates each time there is a change in status for your driver applications.

I downloaded it specifically to monitor my Prime app & strangely enough my USA Truck app was already on there as well...complete with the names of both recruiters that had contacted me & an option to send them messages.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Got hung up on a technicality @ Prime. Recieved a "Pre-adverse action" report. I can fight it (hence the "pre")...but it's not worth the trouble of contacting the agency they got the report from, getting a corrected notice from the BMV , relaying that & them relaying it again.

Swift contacted me & said it was a non-issue for them. Looks like I may end up being a "Swifty".

If anyone's curious, I had my license suspended 9 years ago for failure to register insurance. The report they received indicated my license has only been valid for a little over a year. Prime has a "licence held for last 3 year" policy...Swift has a 12 month policy.

On top of that, Swift has training in my hometown (so I can sleep in my own bed) and it's only a 3 week course.

The ONLY thing I've researched that I don't like about Swift is they have a temp sensor that prevents idling from 30-70 degrees.

I may need a good sleeping bag. Lol.

Bmv:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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