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James C.'s Comment
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I'm glad to see others are having good luck with the recruiters.

Bad luck here, the recruiter I got apparently didn't care to read over my application too well.

I had checked best method of contact - cell phone. She called my landline (home phone) so naturally I missed the first call.

Happened to catch the second call the next day about 6 p.m. my time, she said there must be some kind of connection problem because she'd been trying to reach me - lol, ya think.

I blew it off and tried to talk to her, but she instantly seemed to want to talk me out of OTR driving.

(been interested in trucking for several years now - lots of folks seem to try and discourage it)

I mentioned I had a wife early in our conversation ... then she asked if I had kids??

After that it seemed she was more concerned with talking me out of a job vs. recruiting me as a driver ??

I dunno, I have apps in other places too, (so I'll keep searching for the best fit for me) but if I do end up reaching out to Jim Palmer again - I'll be requesting someone else.

Just disappointing I guess :( ... JP was on the top of my list.

Been with my wife for 18 years, its a stable relationship .. my career path isn't going to change that, I'll carry on my search :)

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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That is unfortunate, I'm sorry things went that way. They do go through hundreds of apps a day but I still would feel frustrated as well. Just keep your head up and the right job will land in your lap. Don't be discourage because of this. You'll be trucking in no time. if you do plan on calling and asking for someone else, I'd recommend Alex. She is pretty dang awesome. Good luck in your search and I hope you get things squared away. Take care.

I'm glad to see others are having good luck with the recruiters.

Bad luck here, the recruiter I got apparently didn't care to read over my application too well.

I had checked best method of contact - cell phone. She called my landline (home phone) so naturally I missed the first call.

Happened to catch the second call the next day about 6 p.m. my time, she said there must be some kind of connection problem because she'd been trying to reach me - lol, ya think.

I blew it off and tried to talk to her, but she instantly seemed to want to talk me out of OTR driving.

(been interested in trucking for several years now - lots of folks seem to try and discourage it)

I mentioned I had a wife early in our conversation ... then she asked if I had kids??

After that it seemed she was more concerned with talking me out of a job vs. recruiting me as a driver ??

I dunno, I have apps in other places too, (so I'll keep searching for the best fit for me) but if I do end up reaching out to Jim Palmer again - I'll be requesting someone else.

Just disappointing I guess :( ... JP was on the top of my list.

Been with my wife for 18 years, its a stable relationship .. my career path isn't going to change that, I'll carry on my search :)

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Awesome! You'll do fine. Just stay positive and show you want this. The trainers in Missoula are pretty good. Hopefully I'll see you around sometime. Stay safe. Take care.

Congrats on getting to your final week! I'm sure you are excited and ready to get your own truck and go off on your own.

I finally got things lined up and have a tentative start date with Jim Palmer in December - nervous about it as I have never been in a truck in my life but excited to get started. Going to go back through this thread and work on what I can before then. Please continue to post once you are in your truck - still following along with you on this end!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Hey, if I could do it.. so can you. I had zero experience being around these trucks and all I did was show up with the right attitude and tried to learn everything I can. I'm still learning, and my next step is doing this by myself in my own truck. So it does have me nervous again. But I just gotta take the tools they've taught me and just do it. You'll love it, and congrats on getting accepted. Take care.

Congrats Aaron, hopefully I can be successful like you! I start on the 24th.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Yes sir, after this vacation, I'll be getting my truck. So I'll blog that expereince and I'm sure I'll have questions to ask. 😂 But yeah. It'll be exciting, and scary all at once.

Good for you Aaron. Looking forward to reading about your experiences in the General Side of the forum.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Awesome, I believe the best things to do is just share the experience. To just help anyone who is looking to join a company. You should definitely do the video blog on YouTube. I don't believe anyone has for the training aspect of things. I'll def stop by and read your blog. As always stay safe and I hope to see you around sometime. Take care.

Hey Aaron...thank toy so much for your thread...I've not only enjoyed reading it, but have learned enough from it to apply at Palmer! I spoke with my recruiter today and he is trying to get me on 10-24-2016...just under two weeks from now! Looks like I'll be taking that bus ride from hell...from Texas to Montana...in late October!! embarrassed.gif I'm going to create a thread similar to yours to document all this...even thinking about keeping a video log and posting on YouTube...we'll see how all that goes. Anyway, thanks again, be safe, how to see you on the road sometime and share a cup of Joe.. God speed!!

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Just a quick update, I'm home with the wife. Have this week together. I believe they plan on getting me to Missouri, they have a few trucks at the Springfield yard st prime. That's where I'll start the solo week. Once that is complete. I'll officially be done with training, and upgrade to an A seat. Me and my trainer have talked about teaming during the winter months. But depending how much I enjoy the space, and being to myself I may just run the winter myself. I'll keep you guys updated.

Also everyone who has been accepted to Jim Palmer, congrats. They are strict on who they bring in so it's always a good feeling when you make the cut. So just stay positive, show up to learn, you'll pass with flying colors. The ones I seen struggle were the ones always inside watching tv. I always tried to be around the trucks. Pre trip a million times. Watch people back. It helps. I'm sure you'll all do great. I hope to see you guys on the road or at the terminal. Stay safe and take care.

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.

Kanelin's Comment
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I'm glad to see others are having good luck with the recruiters.

Bad luck here, the recruiter I got apparently didn't care to read over my application too well.

I had checked best method of contact - cell phone. She called my landline (home phone) so naturally I missed the first call.

Happened to catch the second call the next day about 6 p.m. my time, she said there must be some kind of connection problem because she'd been trying to reach me - lol, ya think.

I blew it off and tried to talk to her, but she instantly seemed to want to talk me out of OTR driving.

(been interested in trucking for several years now - lots of folks seem to try and discourage it)

I mentioned I had a wife early in our conversation ... then she asked if I had kids??

After that it seemed she was more concerned with talking me out of a job vs. recruiting me as a driver ??

I dunno, I have apps in other places too, (so I'll keep searching for the best fit for me) but if I do end up reaching out to Jim Palmer again - I'll be requesting someone else.

Just disappointing I guess :( ... JP was on the top of my list.

Been with my wife for 18 years, its a stable relationship .. my career path isn't going to change that, I'll carry on my search :)

James, it could very well be that she is trying to see how,determined you are. This is a tough life and many, many ppl find out too late that it's not for them. My advice is to just keep plugging away. You'll get there.

And congrats Aaron! I have,about7k mi left til I get back to MO for my upgrade. Exciting and scary time, to be sure!

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Sushi Boy's Comment
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Aaron, have really enjoyed reading your experience with JPT. From the start of the thread it looks like you've gone from orientation to A seat in roughly 4 months (including your upcoming solo week). Is that correct? It's difficult to know based on the forums thread dating.

And from A seat you would have the 60 day probate period before you would be allowed riders?

Crownified's Comment
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I got a question, when does your year contract start? I'm good either way but just curious. Does it start when you start training or once you go solo?

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