Is U.S. Express Likely To Hire Someone With Not The Greatest Record?

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Victor C. II's Comment
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As a lot of you know I don't have the best record. Almost three years ago I had two wrecks and a speeding ticket which was in 2014. Now Maverick and tmc was not able to hire me but I am not discouraged but my job placement recruiter says she is going to put me in to U.S. Express. I called back and asked her to also put me in to Melton and Western Express. Do you all think I have a likely hood of getting in to one of these and do you have suggestions? I want to start my brand new life style but looks like I need some guidance. Feels embarrassing to have to ask this question lol.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Also Maverick said that the only thing is that they would need that speeding ticket and wreck in December to fall off the record which in December would be 3 years since the wreck, again thanks in advance for any suggestions.

C T.'s Comment
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Hey man, hate to hear you won't be joining maverick. Don't give up though. I ran into a western driver who was one of the nicest guys I've met out here. Turns out he had a murder charge on his record from a while back but still managed to get hired. I'd say apply like crazy and see who calls back.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok C.T. I hate it too but I will apply like crazysmile.gif .

Vendingdude's Comment
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Yup, other people here have said Western Express will hire the people that have a problem (or two or three) on their personal or driving record. Don't expect the best pay, of course.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Right, cause if you don't have the best record it can mean you are a possible risk but at least companies like Western Express can help those of us like that. Is U.S. Express the same way?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cwc's Comment
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Each company will be different. Just call USX and see what they say. Worst they can say is no. If they do say no call someone else. Sooner rather than later you'll hear "when do you wanna ride a bus"

Victor C. II's Comment
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Thanks Cwc I will! I told one of my job placement recruiters to fax in my application to Western Express, U.S. Express and Melton. Hopefully I will get into one of them! I hope one of them allow me to take the truck homegood-luck-2.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks Cwc I will! I told one of my job placement recruiters to fax in my application to Western Express, U.S. Express and Melton. Hopefully I will get into one of them! I hope one of them allow me to take the truck homegood-luck-2.gif

Victor you may or may not know this, but Old School ran flatbed for Western before signing on with Knight. Use the search bar to find his archived threads.

Good luck to you.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hey man, hate to hear you won't be joining maverick. Don't give up though. I ran into a western driver who was one of the nicest guys I've met out here. Turns out he had a murder charge on his record from a while back but still managed to get hired. I'd say apply like crazy and see who calls back.

Interestingly - the INSURANCE is what this is about. As long as you didn't MURDER SOMEONE WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE - the insurance company doesn't care.

Two accidents (I'm assuming they were AT FAULTS?), and a speed in the last 3 years can present an issue for a newbie hire. It appears experienced drivers can get away with a little more.

"Job Placement Recruiter"? I assume this means you went to a non-company school? If this is the case, sadly, the school should have looked at your MVR , and apprised you of the issue your driving record might present. We would have typically advised you to get PRE-HIRES , to increase the likelihood of a hire upon graduation.

KEEP APPLYING - and open up to the possibility of NOT doing flatbed if you cannot get in with a FB company that hires newbies. You may have to drive dry/reefer for a year until your license clears up - which isn't necessarily a BAD THING, as it will enable you to go hunting for that flatbed position with companies that are LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED DRIVERS (versus companies that hire students/recent grads).

Also keep in mind - if you did do a school and don't get a hire within 30-60 days - you might be required to complete a REFRESHER, or start from scratch (minus the CDL testing if you already have yours).

Best of luck.

Rick

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

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