Bad Work History And Trucking School

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Diana H.'s Comment
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My husband is looking into trucking and he is really excited to get into it but he has had bad luck with jobs in the past. He is looking to try a cdl program but they keep telling him his job history is bad. Is there anything he can do to make his resume look more appealing?

He has had 9 jobs in the last 2 years does he have to put all of his past jobs in his application? Are we just out of luck until he can stay at a job for a while?

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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What kind of work has he been doing? He will need to prove 10 years of work history to get hired as a CDL A driver.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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For a brand new CDL holder it's only 3, of course that depends on the company, but the federal requirement is for 3 years. For anyone who has previously held a job as a driver, 10 years history is required.

For example, when I got my first Trucking job, I had to give a 3 year work history. If I were to change jobs and go to a different company, I'd have to give a 10 year history.

Some companies request a 10 year history on everyone both new grads and experienced drivers alike. Mine didn't and doesn't ask that of new grads.

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.
Diana H.'s Comment
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What kind of work has he been doing? He will need to prove 10 years of work history to get hired as a CDL A driver.

Pizza delivery, wherehouse work, grocery jobs, working at six flags, uber... lots of jobs.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Sounds like much of it was temp/seasonal work. Just make sure the start and end dates are accurate. Some companies might balk but others would be ok with so many temp jobs.

Diana H.'s Comment
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Sounds like much of it was temp/seasonal work. Just make sure the start and end dates are accurate. Some companies might balk but others would be ok with so many temp jobs.

What companies do you think would take him? He can account for every job accurately but so far recruiters say they can't take him.

Diana H.'s Comment
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Sounds like much of it was temp/seasonal work. Just make sure the start and end dates are accurate. Some companies might balk but others would be ok with so many temp jobs.

He can accurately account for all of his jobs in the last 3 years but people from swift and Stevens and even CR England have all said they can't help him. We live in Fort Worth Texas and he is thinking about doing the 'Truck driver institute' in Dallas but they don't guarantee a job after... He really wants a job but he can't seem to find one.

Errol V.'s Comment
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He has had 9 jobs in the last 2 years does he have to put all of his past jobs in his application? Are we just out of luck until he can stay at a job for a while?
Pizza delivery, wherehouse work, grocery jobs, working at six flags, uber... lots of jobs.

How old is your husband? If you all are in your late 20's, the jobs might go with the territory. As someone who has looked at job applications to hire someone, I'd begin to wonder about a 36 y.o. with this history.

The listed have very little work responsibility. Compare those to, say, bank teller, or administrative assistant, or a factory production job. Has the Mister been "full time" employed for three years or more? Can you explain any significant work/job gaps (what did he do when not employed)?

If his work history is the sticking point before any recruiter will get interested, you'll need to firm up his work experience.

Once you've done your best, and write or any other shortcomings, try this app: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. That's the route I took. Here's the important part: I ended up working with an independent recruiter. He didn't get his commission to I got a job! He was motivated to make sure I was qualified to get my foot in the door and my butt in a seat at Swift orientation.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You definite ly want to go with a company sponsored school. Please don't go into debt to pay for a school ...thousands of dollars only to find out no company will take him. If it takes too long for him to get hired then that school will be worthless and money spent for nothing. Hed have to go throigh schooling all over again. The reason they look at work history is reliability and stability. Most companies require a year or more of employment in exchange for training. His record says he wouldn't meet that year and will quit.

The best thing to do would be to get him to keep a job for at least a year. Even if he did a couple part time jobs, but kept them long term.

Good luck.

Diana H.'s Comment
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Thank you all for taking the time to reply and answer my questions he got a callback from the trucking institute sponsored school I will update as he goes.

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