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Harry W.'s Comment
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Ok guys here is another problem to help us wanna be truckers with. I was trying to go to work with Prime and found out today that they would not be able to help me. So I am turning to my soon to be I hope brothers in trucking. The problem I ran upon was verifying my last 3 years of employment. The long story short is.... I have been in business for myself and 3 1/2 years ago with the downturn of the economy and bad decisions on my part I had a friend that talked me into taking on a partner(some friend). Ended up being a nightmare. Again I did a stupid thing and trusted my friend and we did a verbal agreement(hand shake). I put the business into the name of the new business partners name only. (STUPID). I know this and wish I could take it back but... also l lost my home to foreclosure at this same time. I worked at the business but really didn't take any money out other than about $1000.00 per month trying to get it back on track. I have now filed suit against my formal partner but I have no way of providing 3 years of employment. I provided Prime with last 3 years of taxes which were not much. I also gave them a copy of the old business license and taxes that I had paid on behalf of the business to prove that I did own the business. But it was not enough for them. I in no way am wanting you to feel sorry for this old man(57) I knew better but did this thing anyway. I have made this bed and as uncomfortable as it is I will lay in it and do the best that I can. But I am a doer and not a complainer. So now I come to you guys and ask is there any other schools that you know of that I may contact that might take a chance on me. I am a very hard worker and have always strived to do the best at anything that I have attempted to do. I know that I will be a great trucker and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanking all your comments in advance. Harry W.

Jerry T.'s Comment
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Looking for school:can you tell me anything about 160 driving academy crest hill illinois?

RedGator's Comment
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Henry, Im sure there are plenty of schools that you could go to. Werner, Swift, CRST, Celadon? Keep trying. If you are able to verify with tax returns that should sufice for most. Prime is a high payed training program. Those tend to be alittle harder to get into. Keep trying.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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It's probably just Prime. They do seem to be a little more "picky". I guarantee you someone will give you a shot. Guarantee. Bring everything that you brought to Prime to other companies, let them know what you have as proof of employment. People have gotten into trucking with a much more difficult history.

The best advice we can give it to move on and don't focus on what happened with Prime. Apply to every company. Cr England, CRST, Central Ref, Celadon, National Carriers, Celadon, Knight - these can all be potentil employers. There are thousands of companies that are hiring. So apply to every one you can. Check out the links on this site about each specific company. You can also apply to all of them at the same time here on TT. (Sorry I can't link).

Just don't give up because one out of a million companies said no to you. Keep applying!

Tim L.'s Comment
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I agree with Red Gator. I had a gap in my employment for the past two years, and Prime did not even contact me after I applied with them. Their loss in my opinion. FFE contacted me and only required three letters of attestation from people that could verify that I was taking care of my elderly mother, and had no problems. Swift is pretty liberal in that regard as well. As Red Gator stated, keep trying and applying with other companies.

Jason C. aka Pirate Truck's Comment
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Business do as business wants. It's the same in corporate desk jobs. I worked for JPMorgan and they had no issue with a situation I had when I worked in mortgage servicing, but BOA had an issue with it. Just try elsewhere.

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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I had a two year gap in employment due to a house fired that I lost my girlfriend and needed time to recover, Prime gave me a hard time and said I had to prove that I wasn't working. I decided to apply for swift and they simply requested two letters from friends who knew my situation. I start school at the end of the month.

Giovanni U.'s Comment
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I agree with Red Gator. I had a gap in my employment for the past two years, and Prime did not even contact me after I applied with them. Their loss in my opinion. FFE contacted me and only required three letters of attestation from people that could verify that I was taking care of my elderly mother, and had no problems. Swift is pretty liberal in that regard as well. As Red Gator stated, keep trying and applying with other companies.

Any suggestions on which are good companies? I have been out of work on SSDI since 2011, and am trying to get back to work. With my particular situation truck driving is a perfect fit.

Bug's Comment
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I have been unemployed since May 2011. To prove what I have been doing I wrote up a standard

letter & had all my neighbors that knew me & what was going on sign it. Then added their

addresses & phone numbers ( they know I did, it's good for references , too). Just about every

place I use this accepts it. Some friends told me they have received calls about it verifying

& asked about me , too as a person. (Make sure to only ask people you are friends with could

bite ya. LOL).

You was trying to work & I'm sure somebody that likes you will verify it. Write up the

situation & get some signatures. Trust me it WILL help.

Best wishes & best of luck, sir

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I also had a gap of about two years and Averitt Express took me on. Trucking companies are not created equal. Put apps in for as many companies you can. There is a link somewhere on this site where you can fill out one app and have it sent to several companies. I did not have to prove where I was or what I was doing during that time, just include it in my history. Good luck man.

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