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Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Well after my "Big Let Down" thread, I just received an email from a company I had dropped an application to.

Stevens transport <span class= pre-hire approval" title="Stevens transport pre-hire approval">

Sure did make me feel a lot better. Now I know that I will be dropping more applications that just this one and I will be getting similar letters as well. Matter of fact, I don't even know if this is a pre-hire letter or not. But the bottom line, it at least made me feel good. Old people like to feel good. smile.gif

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.

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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Grats dancing-dog.gifdancing.gif Keep applying and see what happens.

PJ's Comment
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That is great news!!!!Congrats....I'm in the middle of playing telephone tag with my recruiter from Roehl. Does make you feel good to hear back from them. Best of luck and keep us posted!!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There ya go! You've just experienced your first of many "forget it and move on" moments in trucking from the comfort of your own living room. It really does take a thick skin, a humble attitude, and fierce determination to get into trucking and survive that first year. There are a lot of hard lessons learned and an endless stream of challenges along the way. The trucking industry is a strange beast. Once you come to understand it you can deal with it. But many people never get to that point because the industry and the job are so much different than they expected that they simply don't stick around for long. They make poor decisions, they misjudge or misinterpret things, and before ya know it they're out of trucking and on to something else.

Even now you should set the goal of getting one year of safe driving under your belt and pretty much forget about anything that doesn't move you closer to that goal. If a company turns you down for employment, forget about it. If your trainer on the road turns out to be a jerk, don't let it get to you. Just get through the training and you'll never deal with him again after that. If the company gives you an old, ugly truck - so what? Show your worth as a driver and stick around. You'll have a nicer truck before you know it.

Honestly - and Steven you haven't done this but my comments lead me here so I'll talk about it - the biggest mistake most new drivers make is being too judgmental. They come into the industry brand new and think they know how training is supposed to be done, how dispatching is supposed to be done, how companies are supposed to be run, and how laws are supposed to be written. They are so thrown off by their misconceptions and wrong expectations that they never learn to work within the reality of how the trucking industry really works.

So the bottom line - just roll with it! Whatever they throw at you handle yourself like a professional, take it with a smile, and keep moving forward. Once you've been out there for 6-12 months a lot of it will make perfect sense. But when you're new and you're trying to learn your trade and adapt to a new career it's a big mistake to think you know more than you do. Get to that one year mark and then you'll understand the trucking industry well enough to make informed judgments and decisions.

Again I want to stress that this wasn't directed at you at all Steven. I just got to talkin and this is where I wound up.

smile.gif

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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There ya go! You've just experienced your first of many "forget it and move on" moments in trucking from the comfort of your own living room. It really does take a thick skin, a humble attitude, and fierce determination to get into trucking and survive that first year. There are a lot of hard lessons learned and an endless stream of challenges along the way. The trucking industry is a strange beast. Once you come to understand it you can deal with it. But many people never get to that point because the industry and the job are so much different than they expected that they simply don't stick around for long. They make poor decisions, they misjudge or misinterpret things, and before ya know it they're out of trucking and on to something else.

Even now you should set the goal of getting one year of safe driving under your belt and pretty much forget about anything that doesn't move you closer to that goal. If a company turns you down for employment, forget about it. If your trainer on the road turns out to be a jerk, don't let it get to you. Just get through the training and you'll never deal with him again after that. If the company gives you an old, ugly truck - so what? Show your worth as a driver and stick around. You'll have a nicer truck before you know it.

Honestly - and Steven you haven't done this but my comments lead me here so I'll talk about it - the biggest mistake most new drivers make is being too judgmental. They come into the industry brand new and think they know how training is supposed to be done, how dispatching is supposed to be done, how companies are supposed to be run, and how laws are supposed to be written. They are so thrown off by their misconceptions and wrong expectations that they never learn to work within the reality of how the trucking industry really works.

So the bottom line - just roll with it! Whatever they throw at you handle yourself like a professional, take it with a smile, and keep moving forward. Once you've been out there for 6-12 months a lot of it will make perfect sense. But when you're new and you're trying to learn your trade and adapt to a new career it's a big mistake to think you know more than you do. Get to that one year mark and then you'll understand the trucking industry well enough to make informed judgments and decisions.

Again I want to stress that this wasn't directed at you at all Steven. I just got to talkin and this is where I wound up.

smile.gif

Not a problem. I need to hear this whether I was thinking that way or not. It's the truth, and that's that. I just want to and need to be a sponge and learn everything I can. I just hope and pray I get a good mentor.

Chuck B.'s Comment
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I know that this is a really old post, but if this is what you need to go through to get onboard with Stevens Transport, then no thanks.

So here's the situation... I fill out an application with Stevens. I call stevens and it goes to voicemail. I leave a message and I receive a message to where I immediately return the call, but again goes to voicemail.

I receive emails from Stevens stating that I have been approved, whatever that means. I try calling again and again, but this time I'm put on hold for nearly an hour listening to an endless computerized musical tribute to a robotic dance theme.

I have never (ever) had this issue with any other company where my call seemed so unimportant. All other companies has someone who picks up the phone and answers all my questions.

If I were to come onboard with Stevens, is this the way I would be treated as a driver? Let's say I have a mechanical breakdown and I need to get ahold of someone, or something went wrong with a shipment, dispatch, driver manager or some othef issue... not a comfortable feeling or a very welcoming atmosphere or first impression.

Driver Manager:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Then move on. Lots of other companies, Chuck B.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I know that this is a really old post, but if this is what you need to go through to get onboard with Stevens Transport, then no thanks.

So here's the situation... I fill out an application with Stevens. I call stevens and it goes to voicemail. I leave a message and I receive a message to where I immediately return the call, but again goes to voicemail.

I receive emails from Stevens stating that I have been approved, whatever that means. I try calling again and again, but this time I'm put on hold for nearly an hour listening to an endless computerized musical tribute to a robotic dance theme.

I have never (ever) had this issue with any other company where my call seemed so unimportant. All other companies has someone who picks up the phone and answers all my questions.

If I were to come onboard with Stevens, is this the way I would be treated as a driver? Let's say I have a mechanical breakdown and I need to get ahold of someone, or something went wrong with a shipment, dispatch, driver manager or some othef issue... not a comfortable feeling or a very welcoming atmosphere or first impression.

Chuck B. ;

Did you read THIS thread? Scott's experience @ Stevens Transport

Then move on. Lots of other companies, Chuck B.

Indeed, PackRat.

Right here: Paid CDL Training Programs

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PS: aka: Wilson moved on to Melton, anyways!!

~ Anne ~

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.

Driver Manager:

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.
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