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Country's Comment
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Well, I was just blown off by my first trucking company. I filled out the application thing on this website for trucking companies to get into contact with me. I was kinda surprised to hear from them by phone and was in the middle of eating supper. The phone rang and i answers it. He said this is so and so from wherever and asked, what are you looking for in your next trucking job? I told him I was interested in getting my CDL. He asked what kind of trucking I was interested in doing. Me being surprised, eating and new to all this. I told him regional , cross country. I will do whatever. Obviously this was not the right answer. He kind of took over the conversation then and told me that sense I never thought about being away from home for a month at a time. I wouldn't enjoy this and his company wouldn't be a good fit.

Seeing as how I have spent every wakibg hour the past few months thinking about this. Thinking about driving cross country and seeing new places and driving in general. Obviously I need some pointers on how to deal or talk with trucking companies. I would be just as happy driving cross country as I would be driving regional areas or whatever. I guess i shouldn't say anything about regional ever. Then there is the part about not being happy. Lmao, The job i have been at for the past 10 years hasnt made me happy. That didnt stop me from showing up every single day and doing it to the absolute best of my ability though.

If anyone has any pointers in how to communicate with these businesses. Please let me know, because so far my way isnt working.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JakeBreak's Comment
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Sorry to hear that there dude. I will say some recruiters are like that. I know when I was applying while I was in school I had 4 or 5 companies that wouldn't talk to me until I had finished school. I just wrote those companies off personally.

Are you trying to go to company schools or private school? Because if your going the company route I would suggest calling them and making sure they are looking at your app.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Country's Comment
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I can't afford private school and can't find any grants. I pretty come to tge conclusion I will end up trying to go to a company. I am aware most want you to work for a year afterwards and I am totally fine with that. I am a loyal guy. I have been stuck at this dead end job for ever and the reason I have been stuck is because my loyalty to tge owner of the shop. He gave me a chance wgen no one else would. He has done a lot for me. He even cosigned a 3 thousand dollar loan for me so I can get the truck that i niw have. I go ished paying it off this past january. The only reason I am leaving now is because i have to. I have no other choice. I have got to do better. The position I am in right now. It do better or probably be homeless. I have zero problem staying with a company that gives me the chance I need. It's just finding the right one that will give me the chance and believe in telling the truth and not just blowing smoke like 90% of the population it seems.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Call Xpo. You will need to get your permit before you can get brought in, but its a good company.

JakeBreak's Comment
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I would suggest looking up the links for the company sponsored schools then. I don't remember where the link is but you can find it on here. Call the company schools and if need be fill out another app specific to that company.

Old School's Comment
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Paid CDL Training Programs

Here you go... take a look around in there and see wgat you can find.

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.
Kanelin's Comment
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Paid CDL Training Programs

Here's the link. Fill out the app for the ones that interest you. And don't take that recruiter for the whole business. There is a company out there where you'll fit.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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.
Jetguy's Comment
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Country.. Go for it.. Sell yourself.. Tell recruiters what you told us.. You're a d*** good worker... You want to do this..

You can do this. Be excited. DONT SELL YOURSELF SHORT. Start the high road training program on this site. Tell the recruiter that- that you're already working on getting your CDL permit.

I am starting my 6th week at Prime Inc. 5th week I hit the road with a trainer, making $700/wk and we drove 5500 miles last week.. and plan on doing about 5500 for weeks 5-10. And then I get my own truck.

I got 2 of the top trainers at Prime. The first one told me he picked me cause I'm ambitious. The second one asked me if I wanted a shower today. I told him priority one is ALWAYS keeping the wheels turning- the more money he makes the happier he is.. and I want to learn to run hard.

BTW the past 2 1/2 weeks we've been on road, we've had showers every day, except for one day.

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.
Isaac H.'s Comment
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Wow. That guy sounded like a jerk and that's definitely not anyway to recruit somebody to work for you. Sorry to hear that.

Honestly, i wouldn't talk to any of the companies until you start school. Get your permit, physical, drug test, and background check all out of the way.

Your school should have contacts for you. And once you get going it only takes a week to get pre hired and make plans for orientation.

And trust me they all be hounding you to the point you'll tell them to stop calling. I had one place call my mom non stop for a week and she lives in another state than i do.

Good luck!

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Country's Comment
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From all the research i have done. Prime abd TMC are my top 2 choices. So far, but I haven't checked then all out yet. So far Prime seems to have best pay and benefits for starting out. TMC talks about getting truckers home every weekend. I have beeb studying the guide on her dor my permit. With TMC you have to have that for their schooling. Still looking into some others. I have about 3 weeks to find a place and get there to start.

Country.. Go for it.. Sell yourself.. Tell recruiters what you told us.. You're a d*** good worker... You want to do this..

You can do this. Be excited. DONT SELL YOURSELF SHORT. Start the high road training program on this site. Tell the recruiter that- that you're already working on getting your CDL permit.

I am starting my 6th week at Prime Inc. 5th week I hit the road with a trainer, making $700/wk and we drove 5500 miles last week.. and plan on doing about 5500 for weeks 5-10. And then I get my own truck.

I got 2 of the top trainers at Prime. The first one told me he picked me cause I'm ambitious. The second one asked me if I wanted a shower today. I told him priority one is ALWAYS keeping the wheels turning- the more money he makes the happier he is.. and I want to learn to run hard.

BTW the past 2 1/2 weeks we've been on road, we've had showers every day, except for one day.

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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