H.O. Wolding

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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I have just over a week to go before I get on the bus and head to Amherst, WI. I have seen several blogs that seem to fall flat. I figured I would give it a go. I really want to do this because there is not much out there about H.O. Wolding. My instructor at CDL school drove for them. He had nothing but great things to say. I admit I am VERY nervous. My fear is not being able to cut the mustard. I really want to do well and impress. I need this career change. I know I am going to love this career. When I had my break in service, I had a job driving a CAT775B 50 ton haul truck at a mining company. That job was perfect. Too bad our company got bought out and layoffs came.

Anyways, I will do my due diligence on keeping everybody up to date. Wish me luck.

-Patrick

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.
Kanelin's Comment
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Looking forward to it! Even though we are from a lot of different companies I like to hear about peoples experiences in training and on the road.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Today, Igot a wake up call asking if I was still set to come next week. Jamie, my recruiter, wanted to run my work history. Within a few hours she was calling me back. She was having a terrible time trying to verify my work. Welcome to the world of professional hair care. You are forgotten as soon as you walk out the doors. Good luck trying to get a 1099 in such a cash and carry business. She asked for pay stubs, I had to inform her that barbering was cash n carry. No such thing as paycheck! The only thing shop owners care about is that you are producing quality haircuts, quickly, and they are getting their cut of your profits. Money is great and I will never have to truly worry about being broke. But have fun proving where the money comes from. Probably why so many hair care professionals avoid the IRS like the Black Plague!

Jan P.'s Comment
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Do you wonder if the recruiter is looking at your answer and saying I paid $$,$$$ in tax over those years and this person paid nothing at all. Didn't follow the rules everyone else here play's by and didn't file paperwork for how many years and from what I gather this job is all about following the rules and getting the paper work right.

Just a thought

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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She is just trying actually verify that I worked when I said I worked. Just kinda difficult forme to provide supporting documents, since the hair care profession tends to operate as it does.

If you want to see a barber shop, beauty salon, or nail salon clear out quickly; just walk in and state you are from the Board or the IRS, lol. Although being from the board is kinda harder since someone in any shop knows what the local inspectors look like.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Just got a phone call back. All is good. I just have to call them Thursday to set up my bus ticket.

Old Roadie's Comment
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Good luck! Looking forward to hearing about it. I'll be starting a similar thread next week when I head for orientation at WW Transport. Picking up a load tomorrow that will take me back to Prime in Springfield to turn in my truck.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I picked up my bus ticket today. I leave on Sunday at 4:30 pm. I arrive in Appleton, WI just after 1pm the next day. Starting to get excited and nervous.

Deb R.'s Comment
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Awesome! They are having a company picnic on Thursday, you may have a chance to try an official Wisconsin brat, ha! If I happen to be at the yard next week, I'll look for you. I'm the lady with the white and black spotted pitbull.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Awesome. I am just excited to get my driving career started. I know i will love this job. I wonder how a Wisconsin Brat compares to a German one? I am sure i won't be hard to pick out. I will be the wide eyed 40 yr old that will be as nervous and excited as a school boy, lol.

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