Exciting News For Me, I Have Accepted A Contingent Job Offer From My #1 Choice!

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Johnny 3's Comment
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Well,

After countless hours of research & conversations with various recruiters..

I have accepted a contingent job offer from Melton Truck Lines.

As long as I get my cdl before Feb 13th, I am going to their orientation. I am extremely excited about this as I had the #1 on my list of companies that I would like to work for after doing my research.

Below are some of the reasons I chose to go with them:

1. After reading up, I knew I wanted to take on the challenges of flatbedding, this is all they do.
2. From what I've seen, most of the people who work for them are happy.
3. they offered the most cents per mile ( a couple other companies offered the same but nobody offered me more)
4. Their recruiter never acted like they were rushed or annoyed with how inquisitive I was when gathering info. (a couple had)
5. very affordable benefits
6. I qualify for va apprenticeship program that will allow me to make a supplemental veteran income for the 1st year
7. they also have tuition reimbursement
8. I will only have to wait a little over the year before I can take either of my twin boys on the road, good rider policy
9. I like blue trucks :)

I get tested for my cdl tomorrow, crossing my fingers that I will make it happen!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Can't beat a deal like that, they've got everything you want, plus blue trucks! Good deal man.

's Comment
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Livin the DREAM!!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome! Congrats!

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Victor C. II's Comment
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CONGRATS JOHNNY! I know how hard that work is cause I have done my fare share of research too. I looked at Melton, TMC Transportation, McElroy, Maverick, Prime and what not and Melton definitely rated pretty decent on my list like 3rd. Very, very happy for you and I hope you have many many years of success in this industry!!

Tractor Man's Comment
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I like Blue Trucks too! Congrats!

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C T.'s Comment
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Never met an unhappy Melton driver, and I'm with Maverick. They go where we go so maybe I'll see around. I've also never seen an untapped Melton load lol but those tarps add up at the end of the week

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Johnny 3's Comment
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Thank you to everyone who responded. It is exciting, I just need to get my cdl in a timely manner so that I don't have to push the date back. My nerves will calm down quite a bit about the whole situation once that happens. I'll write more about that in my training diary.

Never met an unhappy Melton driver, and I'm with Maverick. They go where we go so maybe I'll see around. I've also never seen an untapped Melton load lol but those tarps add up at the end of the week

Oddly enough, both of these factors played into my decision, I actually like that they tarp a lot just do to the amount they pay per tarp, even if it takes you a couple of hours to tarp something, that's still $20/ hr & will add up if you do it a lot & the majority of the people I've spoken with or even read online had positive things to say about them.

I did look at Maverick too. They were only eliminated from consideration because their rider policy isn't quite as flexible as it is at Melton ( I would have had to wait 3 years longer to take my sons out on the road) & this was important to me.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Johnny 3's Comment
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I just got my bus ticket & got my hotel itinerary.. 4 a.m this Sunday, I will be heading to the greyhound station for a 13 hour bus journey with 3 stops en route to Tulsa for Melton orientation starting Monday...I can't wait :)..will soak in my time with family until then.

Victor C. II's Comment
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I can understand the excitement! I am that excited that on Tuesday the 14th I will be taking my CDL test. I am studying like religion, My pretrip!

I wish you the best of luck and have a great time working for them!

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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