Ways To Increase My Chances Of Getting Accepted?!?

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Tony's Comment
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Hey everybody, Incase you haven't seen my recent post I am planning on signing on with CR England in the next two months. I was just wondering if anybody had any advise that would increase my chances of getting accepted? I spoke with a recruiter and according to him the classes are booking like crazy and they only take the top 5% that apply and I better apply ASAP. Is this true or is he just trying to get me to sign up now? And if it is is there any thing you can suggest that will make my application shine above the rest? I do not have a CDL and no commercial driving experience other than helping my dad out (he is a car hauler O/O). I plan on doing their training program.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Haha! That is crazy funny, especially the part about only taking the top 5%!

C. R. England is known far and wide to take just about anyone.

That recruiter gets paid to sign people up - they're giving you a "hard" sell to get you on their list of victims for this week.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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C R Englands requirements are simple. Warm and Alive. As long as the blood is still going round and round with no holes, no leaks and you are still pushing air past your teeth you are good to go!!

Gladhand's Comment
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That is too funny. As long as you got a clean license and can pass a drug test you are in. I highly recommend applying for multiple companies. The more choices you have the better.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Tony, the things any company looks for in your life are pretty much done. I'm not saying you have done these things, but companies look at your driving record (a fender bender or a simple speeding ticket may be ok. Injury crashes or 15+ mph over will be a concern.)

You should be drug speck* and span clean for at least a few months, some may say at least 6 months. Be sure to help at least one elderly person across the street once a week. But I think that last one may be going a bit overboard.

Now for the employment picture. With a DOT physical and the CDL permit, nearly any large company will be interested in hiring you. Yes, from your recruiter's point of view, he needs your name in the can as soon as you can commit. The school date can be flexible, but return the favor and sign with your recruiter who has helped you.

One last thing, I don't see it mentioned in this post. I believe CRE will like you to sign a lease on a truck. This is something Trucking Truth recommends against for new drivers. Also be wary of team driving unless you and a buddy agree ahead of time. Search here for team experiences, just so you'll know.

* Can't use the word that rhymes with tick!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I know a guy who rolled a truck in one company sponsored program and two weeks later tested out at CRE.

Too 5% of WHAT???? You haven't gone to class...have no scores to judge...and most of these companies are brining in 100 people per week....with about 20% actually making it through orientation.

Well...the recruiter has to make money too. But I'd be concerned about anything else he told.me. what would be reliable info?

Tony's Comment
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OK so it looks like the 5% thing was a load of crap. Last question, does anybody know if once you are accepted into school are you pretty much guaranteed a job so long as you pass the schooling or is up in the air if they accept you or not. I just don't want to quit my current job, go to the CR England school and after that find out they will not be accepting my application.

Errol V.'s Comment
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OK so it looks like the 5% thing was a load of crap. Last question, does anybody know if once you are accepted into school are you pretty much guaranteed a job so long as you pass the schooling or is up in the air if they accept you or not. I just don't want to quit my current job, go to the CR England school and after that find out they will not be accepting my application.

If you're talking Paid CDL Training Programs, 90% of the hiring business is done before you start school. No guarantee since you can still screw up/ fail a test. But the job is yours to lose.

At Swift orientation (that's after the school and as you get set up for road training) they say it's really like a 3 day interview. In other words you don't officially have the job until you get up with your trainer.

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.
BillTheSlink's Comment
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OK so it looks like the 5% thing was a load of crap. Last question, does anybody know if once you are accepted into school are you pretty much guaranteed a job so long as you pass the schooling or is up in the air if they accept you or not. I just don't want to quit my current job, go to the CR England school and after that find out they will not be accepting my application.

I am a newbie-checking out company sponsored training programs. Yes, if you go to a company that trains you and you earn your CDL , you are hired. They spend a lot of cash to train you--something you will find out if you don't fulfill your contract with C.R. England or any other company. Make sure and read what your signing and make sure the company you sign with is a reasonable fit for you. You will be there awhile unless you want to owe them several thousand dollars.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

BillTheSlink's Comment
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Errol is right, nothing is 100% guaranteed but if you do the right thing in their program they are going to hire you. Trucking companies are not CDL school charities. On thing I can think of would be you lying about something in your past and it somehow turns up not in the pre-employment screen where it should, but somehow before you get on the road.

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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