Just Got My CDL, But I Didn't Get Hired/can't Find A Job Because...

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Dustin M.'s Comment
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I went to a trucking school with a company that trains & makes you sign a contract, but I wasn't hired because I admitted to failing a pre-employment drug test back in 2010. I was ignorant of the fact that they wouldent hire you with such a background. I was told that If I didn't check that box, they would of had no way to know if I failed a drug test in the first place. But now that its out...will anyone hire me, a recent grad from trucking school, or should I just give up trucking and do something else. Trying to find a use for this CDL.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Because the failed drug test was a number of years ago you stand a much better chance of finding work than you would if it was more recent. So that's good news.

All you can do is apply like mad for every job you can find, follow up every application with phone calls, and just keep pushing until someone gives you a shot. Consider finding a job your full time job for now and you'll dig up something.

Try Western Express, CR England, and Carolina Cargo. Those are the ones I know off the top of my head that tend to be a little more lenient. But don't stop there.

We have an awesome listing of truck driving jobs - go crazy:

Truck Driving Jobs

Also, have a look at Craigslist. There are a lot of smaller companies that advertise there and they tend to be a little more lenient also.

It's not going to be easy to overcome this but if that's your only major blemish then I think you'll find an opportunity somewhere.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dustin M.'s Comment
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I just got denied today. Today they told me they wouldn't hire me. So all day today I'm calling around looking for a driving job. I've found some who will, but the majority of carriers won't accept me.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well you might have to take what you can get and rack up a little experience first. After you can get a year or two of OTR experience a lot more companies will be willing to give you a shot. Not only will you have good experience, but that drug test will be that much further in the past.

Just keep at it. Keep filling out apps, keep making phone calls. As long as someone will give you an opportunity to get some experience then things will work out fine in the end.

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.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Dustin...good solid advice from Brett...I would just add, don't be tempted not to check the box yes in the future. The good companies will find out and it will make thing worse. Be honest and upfront. I think you'll find someone willing to take a chance on you. Good luck!

Shiva's Comment
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Because the failed drug test was a number of years ago you stand a much better chance of finding work than you would if it was more recent. So that's good news.

All you can do is apply like mad for every job you can find, follow up every application with phone calls, and just keep pushing until someone gives you a shot. Consider finding a job your full time job for now and you'll dig up something.

Try Western Express, CR England, and Carolina Cargo. Those are the ones I know off the top of my head that tend to be a little more lenient. But don't stop there.

We have an awesome listing of truck driving jobs - go crazy:

Truck Driving Jobs

Also, have a look at Craigslist. There are a lot of smaller companies that advertise there and they tend to be a little more lenient also.

It's not going to be easy to overcome this but if that's your only major blemish then I think you'll find an opportunity somewhere.

Henderson trucking will hire you

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anonomous C.'s Comment
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Since this thread is related, Ill ask this here instead of starting a new thread.

I have a misdemeanor Marijuana charge over 10 years old. probly closer to 15. But its still there on my record. will this keep me from getting hired? I'm signed up to start CDL training at a community college in 3 weeks, Via the workforce retraining grant. But will it be a waste of time with the pot charge on my record?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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No. I had a misdemeanor MJ possession from 6 years ago and I got a job, and most of the other places I applied to didn't even mention it. The only place that actually used that as a disqualifier was Swift.

Since this thread is related, Ill ask this here instead of starting a new thread.

I have a misdemeanor Marijuana charge over 10 years old. probly closer to 15. But its still there on my record. will this keep me from getting hired? I'm signed up to start CDL training at a community college in 3 weeks, Via the workforce retraining grant. But will it be a waste of time with the pot charge on my record?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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