2 Truck Driving Job Offers From TransAm And May Trucking?

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a20fan4ever2's Comment
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What they're trying to say, I believe, is that you can't go to a company ready to leave the 1st time something unfavorable happens. Whether you meant it or not with that post being quoted, that's what's concerning. Rookies make the mistake of leaving before they've proven themselves and learned how to get things done in their favor at a company.

I do understand that CT. I really do but they seem to think otherwise since it keeps being thrown back at me the way I worded my statements.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Apparently I'm supposed to do exactly what everyone here tells me to do or I'm gonna fail. Is that how this works? I've never said I was the smartest one in the room and do remember stating that Brett does know more than I do. I simply put out there my situation and my way of approaching it. In the end my children are my biggest concern and providing for them. Maybe some of you don't have children and maybe you do, I don't know. As far as mine, I need to provide for them. I've stated over and over that I will put 100% into this whether it's with Trans Am or any other company. But in the end if I'm not happy, I will look elsewhere. I understand things aren't gonna be all roses all the time. Nothing in life is. I've said before I should have worded some things differently and that's definitely apparently because those statements keep getting thrown back at me....even after saying I worded it wrong. I appreciate all the advice and criticism on here I really do. Guess the first thing I need to work on is my way of putting things into words to keep everyone from attacking me and my character and my integrity

If your gonna leave because your not happy then why even start? I can guarantee you that in the first 3 months your going to come across a whole slew of things that aren't going to make you happy. But that's just part of the job. Between waiting for loads or having to do a few weeks of short runs to 4 wheelers doing stupid stuff there's no end to the amount of annoyances you have to deal with.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
a20fan4ever2's Comment
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By the way, I have a young family so I understand how you feel.

I appreciate that. I have 5 children from 5-12 yrs old tha depend on me. Thats why I put my all into whatever it is I do to benefit them in the end.

a20fan4ever2's Comment
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If your gonna leave because your not happy then why even start? I can guarantee you that in the first 3 months your going to come across a whole slew of things that aren't going to make you happy. But that's just part of the job. Between waiting for loads or having to do a few weeks of short runs to 4 wheelers doing stupid stuff there's no end to the amount of annoyances you have to deal with.

Jake,

So now if I understand you correctly, if I'm not happy I'm supposed to stay unhappy instead of looking for something that would make me happy? I know there will be rough times and willing to work through them. I give up trying to explain to every one my intentions on this situation cause I've worded things the wrong way and it's coming back to bite me I everyone's responses

C T.'s Comment
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Also, if you feel going to TA is a wrong move, maybe you shouldn't go. You could call a recruiter and professionally explain how you feel. You're not under contract I believe. Someone earlier said perhaps you should go with May initially or keep looking? Whoever you decide to go with, it will be a while before you're earning family supporting money. Training is tough and the learning curve is steep.

JakeBreak's Comment
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If your gonna leave because your not happy then why even start? I can guarantee you that in the first 3 months your going to come across a whole slew of things that aren't going to make you happy. But that's just part of the job. Between waiting for loads or having to do a few weeks of short runs to 4 wheelers doing stupid stuff there's no end to the amount of annoyances you have to deal with.

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Jake,

So now if I understand you correctly, if I'm not happy I'm supposed to stay unhappy instead of looking for something that would make me happy? I know there will be rough times and willing to work through them. I give up trying to explain to every one my intentions on this situation cause I've worded things the wrong way and it's coming back to bite me I everyone's responses

Short answer is yes. There are going to be days or even weeks where trucking just totally sucks. Then there are going to be other days where it's the greatest job in the world. Then it will just be ok for a little while. There is no perfect company out there. I have done my share of company shopping after I had some experience and for all intents and purposes they are all the same. Brett has said it all the time and I didn't understand it until I started looking but all the companies haul the same freight in the same trucks using the same system. There might be some minor differences like the amenities in the trucks or certain roads they don't want you to take, but they are all the same. May was on my list when I first started so was trans am and prime and Schneider and roehl. I went with roehl and after my first 6 months I started looking and talking to drivers at other companies. Then I saw what Brett was talking about. The biggest thing in this industry is attitude and willingness to work. That is what is going to put you ahead. The individual company makes little to no difference if your going to be happy out here in the road.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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OP have you read my thread? My first three months with TransAm were sheer hell. Every time I turned around it was something going wrong. I mean, not just little things, MAJOR THINGS.

My husband ended up in the ER because of things going wrong.

But guess what? Thanks to the wonderful people here at TT I stuck it out. And I don't regret it. I started making money, I got on a board with an awesome dispatcher , and I just recently got the opportunity to do something REALLY special, attend the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

So TransAm is going to do ALOT of things that will make you mad or irritated. But so will May. And so will Werner. Or Swift. Or Prime. Or Roehl. Or TMC. And the list goes on.

You are coming into this with the attitude that the COMPANY owes you something.

NOT TRUE!!

That is the furthest thing from the truth

YOU owe the company. They are buying you a plane ticket to come to their facility. They are putting you up in a nice hotel. They are feeding you for several days. Training you. Putting you in very expensive equipment and trusting you with it.

Guess what. They don't owe you ANYTHING! From the time you walk in the door, you are in debt to them and you better be prepared to work your a$$ off to pay it back. And that means taking your licks and biting your tongue when things don't go your way. Because they won't.

You will get home. It may not be right away after training but you will get home. Just submit your hometime request as soon as you get your truck and they will try to route you home ASAP.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dispatcher:

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.
a20fan4ever2's Comment
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You are coming into this with the attitude that the COMPANY owes you something.

NOT TRUE!!

That is the furthest thing from the truth

YOU owe the company. They are buying you a plane ticket to come to their facility. They are putting you up in a nice hotel. They are feeding you for several days. Training you. Putting you in very expensive equipment and trusting you with it.

Guess what. They don't owe you ANYTHING! From the time you walk in the door, you are in debt to them and you better be prepared to work your a$$ off to pay it back. And that means taking your licks and biting your tongue when things don't go your way. Because they won't.

You will get home. It may not be right away after training but you will get home. Just submit your hometime request as soon as you get your truck and they will try to route you home ASAP.

Chickie, Not once did I say anyone owed me anything and I know they owe me nothing. I did just finish reading your thread about your training.

Now we all know everyone is different and the things that you went through aren't gonna necessarily be the same for everyone else. Each experience will be different. I appreciate your input and warnings on how to go about it though. Thank you

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Chickie, Not once did I say anyone owed me anything

You're exact words were:

[I'm going to] give Trans Am a shot to make me happy

I've never seen anyone completely contradict themselves or deny saying things the way you do. Man are you gonna be in for a rough experience in this industry I'm afraid. I already hate it for all involved.

a20fan4ever2's Comment
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I've never seen anyone completely contradict themselves or deny saying things the way you do. Man are you gonna be in for a rough experience in this industry I'm afraid. I already hate it for all involved.

Like said Brett the Trucking God....you keep throwing things back in my face! I've stated over and over I should've worded it differently but that doesn't matter to you the all knowing almighty trucker.

After reading her post about her training I have a different view of things and what's to come....if that matters to you!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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