Verification For Melton

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Chris's Comment
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So, my Melton recruiter says that i do not need to enter an application after having gone through a whole process on the phone, even got a pre-hire letter in my email, I try to do most everything through email now so I have written proof of everything that has been said. Have any of you just called like myself and never needed to put in an application? I have yet to send in my tax returns for the past three years to prove my self employment, but I just scanned them in to the computer.

Secondly, they still do want my employment history for the past 10 years though they only verify the last 3. Do I just type this up on a document and print it out to take with me to Tulsa, or do I just need to print out my resume with this on there? This whole process seems odd, but i'm excited either way, I just need some clarification on this.

On another note, if you didn't see my diary on the other forum, I am progressing through school just fine with only minor hiccups due to instructor issues. :)

Thank you for putting up with me guys! I've been here for a long time and I finally saved up the money to pay cash and have a good emergency fund to move forward with school and getting a job!

My life's dream is coming to, even if there is stress, I just need to remember i've always wanted this.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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What the companies do is get you to their facility as quickly as possible before someone else can. Then they'll do everything once you're there. They'll verify your employment history, do a really thorough background check, send you for a physical and drug screen, and all that. Doing all that stuff takes a lot of time and money, so they don't want to waste that time and money on someone just to find out they're not coming.

So what they'll do is just verify quickly over the phone, or through a short application process online, that you meet the minimum qualifications to work there. Basically, they'll take your word for it right now, and verify everything for real once you arrive. You have the pre-hire in your email, so that's your written proof that you're signed up and ready to go.

They will only need to verify your employment for the past three years. Once you've driven a truck professionally then by law they have to verify your employment, or your whereabouts, for the past 10 years. Run this by your recruiter to make sure you have the information you'll need with you. It's not that they can't ask for the past ten years right now, but they probably won't.

Don't let the stress get to ya! It's a tough challenge being in this profession, but if you're up for that challenge it's an amazing experience and super rewarding in a lot of ways. But hey, "the hard is what makes it great" as Tom Hanks said in "A League Of Their Own".

Keep us updated.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Chris, everything that Brett said!

I also would make sure you bring everything with you to orientation, including each document you've already sent your recruirer. I can't tell you how many times I've seen folks get tripped up over not having those things with them. They think, "I've already sent that to the recruiter, so they already have it." Make sure and be over prepared documentation wise.

On your ten years employment, lay it all out and include what you were doing in any employment gaps. It can be as simple as: "March 14, 2001 to June 26, 2001 - unemployed, looking for a job."

They don't actually need a resume, just a good thorough time line.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris's Comment
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What the companies do is get you to their facility as quickly as possible before someone else can. Then they'll do everything once you're there. They'll verify your employment history, do a really thorough background check, send you for a physical and drug screen, and all that. Doing all that stuff takes a lot of time and money, so they don't want to waste that time and money on someone just to find out they're not coming.

So what they'll do is just verify quickly over the phone, or through a short application process online, that you meet the minimum qualifications to work there. Basically, they'll take your word for it right now, and verify everything for real once you arrive. You have the pre-hire in your email, so that's your written proof that you're signed up and ready to go.

They will only need to verify your employment for the past three years. Once you've driven a truck professionally then by law they have to verify your employment, or your whereabouts, for the past 10 years. Run this by your recruiter to make sure you have the information you'll need with you. It's not that they can't ask for the past ten years right now, but they probably won't.

Don't let the stress get to ya! It's a tough challenge being in this profession, but if you're up for that challenge it's an amazing experience and super rewarding in a lot of ways. But hey, "the hard is what makes it great" as Tom Hanks said in "A League Of Their Own".

Keep us updated.

Thank you for your reply Brett, it has put me at ease a bit, so basically I will fill a paper application out once I arrive?

Also, regarding the background check, I have nothing to hide, but it seems to be very foggy of the exact details that they are background checking. What exactly does the background check reveal? I'd suppose the only thing they'd find is that I had an accident in march 2013 at fault resulting in a failure to yield right of way with a voluntary drivers improvement course before going to court to pay the fine off. I disclosed this to them already. I am just curious and can't really find much on it.

Thank you again Brett!

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, you'll fill out all kinds of stuff once you arrive. The background checks will dig up everything - criminal record, driving record, employment record - they really do a super thorough job. People are routinely surprised at the depths they'll find stuff. So as long as you answered their questions honestly you should be in good shape. If you take any medications, disclose them up front and have your prescription with you. If you've taken any in the past 6 months they will likely show up on a hair follicle test, if they do one, so make sure you have proof that you were prescribed that medication.

Chris's Comment
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Yeah, you'll fill out all kinds of stuff once you arrive. The background checks will dig up everything - criminal record, driving record, employment record - they really do a super thorough job. People are routinely surprised at the depths they'll find stuff. So as long as you answered their questions honestly you should be in good shape. If you take any medications, disclose them up front and have your prescription with you. If you've taken any in the past 6 months they will likely show up on a hair follicle test, if they do one, so make sure you have proof that you were prescribed that medication.

I disclosed the advil, nightquil, ibprofen, and i'm not sure what the dentist used to numb my gums, but in the phone interview i told them "I had a shot at the dentist for numbing my gums, i'm not sure what it was however." They seemed to be okay with that. They asked me for what reasons i took each medication and the nightquil was back when i was extremely sick and not.able to sleep due to a cold at all, the advil was taken for pain after i ran out of ibprofen ok my multiple visits to the dentist office for fixing multiple cavaties.

I don't believe I have anything to be worried about that I can remember, I passed a background check for the fire department as a volunteer.

Chris's Comment
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Chris, everything that Brett said!

I also would make sure you bring everything with you to orientation, including each document you've already sent your recruirer. I can't tell you how many times I've seen folks get tripped up over not having those things with them. They think, "I've already sent that to the recruiter, so they already have it." Make sure and be over prepared documentation wise.

On your ten years employment, lay it all out and include what you were doing in any employment gaps. It can be as simple as: "March 14, 2001 to June 26, 2001 - unemployed, looking for a job."

They don't actually need a resume, just a good thorough time line.

Thank you for the reply Old School, I agree with always being over prepared, I think that's what my CDL school instructors thouhht of me the first day of class when I showed up with two bottles of water, two oranges juices, a note book, and took notes on everynsingle thing they said. LOL

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 work for Melton & went through their orientation 4 months ago.. I can tell you 1st hand..everything Brett & Old school said is pretty dead on..

Their orientation is a vetting process & some people will get weeded out for various reasons...14 of the 22 in my orientation got to become drivers for Melton.

You should be fine if you are honest with them, haven't done drugs & can show that you have had a little bit of practice driving a semi.

They also do both kinds of drug tests hair & urine...and they have an interrogation process where they will have different personnel ask you the same questions about various things in different ways...sometimes they will do it in an informal manner to catch you off guard...They are looking for inconsistencies & will send you home if they catch you in a lie...even a seemingly trivial one....I saw a couple people in my orientation sent home as a result of this. They are real big on honesty.

Chris's Comment
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I work for Melton & went through their orientation 4 months ago.. I can tell you 1st hand..everything Brett & Old school said is pretty dead on..

Their orientation is a vetting process & some people will get weeded out for various reasons...14 of the 22 in my orientation got to become drivers for Melton.

You should be fine if you are honest with them, haven't done drugs & can show that you have had a little bit of practice driving a semi.

They also do both kinds of drug tests hair & urine...and they have an interrogation process where they will have different personnel ask you the same questions about various things in different ways...sometimes they will do it in an informal manner to catch you off guard...They are looking for inconsistencies & will send you home if they catch you in a lie...even a seemingly trivial one....I saw a couple people in my orientation sent home as a result of this. They are real big on honesty.

I should be perfectly fine then. One thing that erked my nerved on the phone but I didn't show that it did. They kept bantering me about drugs, I have never even touched a cigarrette let alone illicite drugs, have I been near then? Well sure, I graduated high school in 2012, in my school you couldn't go through a day without seeing someone smoking one, my school was kecoughtan but everyonr called it krackatan but I never touched anything myself, I care about my body too much. The lady then says "you know most people have had some form of illegal drug in their lifetime, it's okay as long as you tell us."

Me "I have never touched a drug."

A 10 year hair follicle will prove that though. That was just on the phone!!! Lol, i'll be okay. Thank you for your input, i'm excited!

Big Mac's Comment
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They will only need to verify your employment for the past three years. Once you've driven a truck professionally then by law they have to verify your employment, or your whereabouts, for the past 10 years.

What if you've driven buses with a B Class?

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