Household Engineer Breaks Into Over The Road Trucking Who'da Thunk It?!

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Sweet Caroline's Comment
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shocked.png Howdy Howdy! First of all I want to commend each and every one of you out on the road for all that you go through and provide to us Americans! For the Past probably ten or more years I have been the mom who takes care of it all.. The driving, the laundry, paying the bills and so much more that I forgot about my wants and desires.. I also grew up around trucks! Infact I think I may have been born in one LOL.. Back in Elementary school my Dad's Peterbilt was the coolest show and tell in all of Idaho. I have often been a tag a long during summer months and Christmas vacations.. but that was so many moons ago but a girl never forgets! That being said Here I am almost 43 Kids all grown up and nothing to do but be bored all day long and research trucking companies. I am so ready to take that plunge.. I went and got my permit a few months ago not knowing where I would go.. but here the dilemma arises.. I don't have a work history to report much of there were a few jobs I tried but the family dynamic wouldn't allow for it. So when they require 3 years or even 10 years what do I say? what do I write? How is it verified? anyone in a similar situation? How did you resolve it? What companies were ok with it? I live in Oregon please advise and please keep trucking I admire each one of you!! thank-you.gif

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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I think this is a time they should take your word for it.

Show them this ad from Teleflora for Mother's Day:

One Though Mother

Sweet Caroline's Comment
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I think this is a time they should take your word for it.

Show them this ad from Teleflora for Mother's Day:

One Though Mother

Errol,

That is one amazing video!! I just would hope that places such as Prime, Knight or Jim Palmer would accept that as references? I have people willing to write letters on my behalf. Where should I start? Who should I apply with? I live in Eastern Oregon

Errol V.'s Comment
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Well, I would accept that video as a resume, but, sadly, I'm not hiring people right now.

You will have to take your work experience up with each company. All companies will basically hire from areas they have traffic going through, not just near their terminals. (But being near a terminal yourself is great. I'm 30 minutes from Swift's Memphis terminal.)

When you're ready, use this app: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. It shoots your application to "all" the companies. Those that call you back could hire you, and you have that rare opportunity of turning down offers!

Hint: an independent recruiter contacted me and helped my get to Swift. Nice thing about an independent is they don't get paid (by the company) until you get hired - they work for you!

I'll post my recruiter's contact info if you want to talk to him directly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sweet Caroline's Comment
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The only thing keeping me from swift is that I heard that I cant take my doxie with me eventually.. She is sort of my life line..

Well, I would accept that video as a resume, but, sadly, I'm not hiring people right now.

You will have to take your work experience up with each company. All companies will basically hire from areas they have traffic going through, not just near their terminals. (But being near a terminal yourself is great. I'm 30 minutes from Swift's Memphis terminal.)

When you're ready, use this app: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. It shoots your application to "all" the companies. Those that call you back could hire you, and you have that rare opportunity of turning down offers!

Hint: an independent recruiter contacted me and helped my get to Swift. Nice thing about an independent is they don't get paid (by the company) until you get hired - they work for you!

I'll post my recruiter's contact info if you want to talk to him directly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sweet Caroline's Comment
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The only thing keeping me from swift is that I heard that I cant take my doxie with me eventually.. She is sort of my life line..

Well, I would accept that video as a resume, but, sadly, I'm not hiring people right now.

You will have to take your work experience up with each company. All companies will basically hire from areas they have traffic going through, not just near their terminals. (But being near a terminal yourself is great. I'm 30 minutes from Swift's Memphis terminal.)

When you're ready, use this app: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. It shoots your application to "all" the companies. Those that call you back could hire you, and you have that rare opportunity of turning down offers!

Hint: an independent recruiter contacted me and helped my get to Swift. Nice thing about an independent is they don't get paid (by the company) until you get hired - they work for you!

I'll post my recruiter's contact info if you want to talk to him directly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Yup, no pets for Swifties. Keep in mind many companies will allow pets but they ask for cleaning deposits and such.

Sweet Caroline's Comment
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I assumed as much on the deposit which we are ok with. Kind of used to it..

Yup, no pets for Swifties. Keep in mind many companies will allow pets but they ask for cleaning deposits and such.

Auntie Am's Comment
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shocked.png Howdy Howdy! First of all I want to commend each and every one of you out on the road for all that you go through and provide to us Americans! For the Past probably ten or more years I have been the mom who takes care of it all.. The driving, the laundry, paying the bills and so much more that I forgot about my wants and desires.. I also grew up around trucks! Infact I think I may have been born in one LOL.. Back in Elementary school my Dad's Peterbilt was the coolest show and tell in all of Idaho. I have often been a tag a long during summer months and Christmas vacations.. but that was so many moons ago but a girl never forgets! That being said Here I am almost 43 Kids all grown up and nothing to do but be bored all day long and research trucking companies. I am so ready to take that plunge.. I went and got my permit a few months ago not knowing where I would go.. but here the dilemma arises.. I don't have a work history to report much of there were a few jobs I tried but the family dynamic wouldn't allow for it. So when they require 3 years or even 10 years what do I say? what do I write? How is it verified? anyone in a similar situation? How did you resolve it? What companies were ok with it? I live in Oregon please advise and please keep trucking I admire each one of you!! thank-you.gif

I am in the same boat as you work history wise. In 2012 I was a volunteer at an animal adoption center (on the weekends unless there was a big event) before they shut down (also stay at home mom), 2013 I was a cashier (2 weeks after hiring I found out I was pregnant, surprise surprise!) and worked 8 months. Since then I am back to being a stay at home mom. I will follow your thread, hopefully I can get a few answers as well!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Trucking companies are looking for people who know how to work. Your work history helps describe you as a worker.

Months of "unemployed" are telling. But so is "volunteered at a shelter for 6 months before I applied for a trucking job". Family care (including kids!) also shows the needed responsibility and commitment.

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