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Splitter's Comment
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Well, I have applied at almost all of the ones on this website, and been told they are not excepting students from my zip code. I am still waiting to hear from the last 2, but it's getting frustrating. Any advice if I am not able got get the company sponsored training?

Hi Vonda, just a thought, have you considered using a relative’s address? If that’s not an option, I was considering using an UPS store mail box. I applied to Knight & they don’t hire out of NYC. I researched & found that UPS stores issue you a physical address with your post box as either a “unit” or a “ suite” number. The only issue here is actually getting to the post box to collect your mail regularly.

Another thing you can do is actually call the recruiting dept of each company directly & ask them. I was told by a Prime recruiter that I didn’t qualify but figured I’d try again since they’re my first choice, and low & behold, this recruiter told me I did qualify.

One last thing is this. Don’t know how often you’re looking to get home but when I spoke to the second Prime recruiter I explained that I wasn’t looking to get home but 4 times per year at most. That I’d be living out of the truck for the 1st year & if it works out maybe for 2 years to save as much as possible.

One of the things I’ve learned from this site is to be your own advocate. Throughout this whole process, from the day you sent those applications until at least 1 year after you go first seat (solo), you are being scrutinized. Keep your head up, stay focused & stay safe.

Good luck & God bless.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TyroneG's Comment
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Aaron Placencia.....

Thank you for the thread. I start at JP on this Monday the 5th. TT site has been the "Golden Key" with the foundational knowledge that I need to get started. I have been dissecting this site for the really real info. My recruiter Alex has been wonderful. I have had issues with the law in my background (over 15yrs), and have revealed this from the beginning. I am an upbeat person and make it a point to keep a smile on my face when speaking on the phone (maybe it helps), it seems to generate easy going conversations. I want to take this time to thank Brett for contacting me via email, You guys on this site are the "ish" (inner city slang y'all).

Aaron, are you still driving for JP. Also, I didn't have a lot of questions for my recruiter due to the fact of my extensive research and this site. (thanks again guys/gals). I am nervously excited. I worked shipping and receiving at Reinhart FoodService for many years and spent a lot of time with drivers, both OTR and local. I helped out as a driver's helper a few times and let's just say "hell no to that local food delivery... hahaha). I am leaning towards refrigerated as I have experience dealing with them. Hope to meet you Aaron and again, thank you Trucking Truth family.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Last I heard from Aaron, he was leaving JP. I don't where he landed or if he's still trucking. Calls and texts have gone unanswered. Good luck with your training.

Dennis O.'s Comment
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I have been researching a lot of companies and I was at first set on Prime. After speaking to Alex at Jim Palmer, I have decided they are the best option. The pay is a little less but I like that I am regional and the wife likes that I have opportunity to pass-thru home more often. I also like the pet policy of no size/breed restriction and no deposit. All my dogs are well over the Prime size limit. Are there any current trainees or recent grads that can give me heads up? Is the average of 2500 miles per week attainable? Ideally I want to be 2700-3000 at some point in my career.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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