New CDL Holder - Now I Need A Job!

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Kat H.'s Comment
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Graduated with honors from Hawkeye Transport Community College. Contact any instructor to verify my skills, commitment and attitude. Single, and ready to run with few expectations for home time. My drawback is I am no longer 30 something so I will fail strenuous agility requirements. However, I am physically fit and capable.

I am very safety oriented, dedicated, with a good attitude. I learn quickly and am easy to get along with. I have a count on me guarantee! Drug, alcohol free, non smoking. Have a DOT 2 year medical.

If I found the right partner I would be willing to be a team driver, preferring the day driving shift. I cook real well too!

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.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Graduated with honors from Hawkeye Transport Community College. Contact any instructor to verify my skills, commitment and attitude. Single, and ready to run with few expectations for home time. My drawback is I am no longer 30 something so I will fail strenuous agility requirements. However, I am physically fit and capable.

I am very safety oriented, dedicated, with a good attitude. I learn quickly and am easy to get along with. I have a count on me guarantee! Drug, alcohol free, non smoking. Have a DOT 2 year medical.

If I found the right partner I would be willing to be a team driver, preferring the day driving shift. I cook real well too!

Hey, what part of Iowa are you in? I have my address listed in Davenport but as soon as I obtain my CDL here at CRST/NADTA, I plan to relocate to Cedar Rapids. I am going to be looking for a Co Driver and you seem to be what I am looking for based upon your post. Are you willing to come to work for CRST? If so, I would be able to get a referral bonus and since you got a Class A already but no experience, they probably will put you directly through Orientation and then out with a lead driver for 28 days. Then after we complete that, we could team up if you are ok with that. I prefer to drive the NIGHT shift anyway, so with you living in Iowa and willing to drive days, you would be perfect as a co driver for me. If this is something you want to do, then I will figure out how to recruit you with the referral and I could give you my recruiter's info if you want. Agility requirements are VERY EASY things here at CRST. Its nothing strenuous at all.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Try here

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Being from Iowa, check out West Side Transport based in Cedar Rapids also. It's a solo focused company that offers Regional (home weekly), local driving jobs in Cedar Rapids, Chicago, St Paul, Columbus OH, and Indianapolis or OTR positions (home biweekly).

Of course if you don't mind teaming check out CRST also. CRST is team only.

Personally I love driving for West Side so it won't hurt to see what they offer.

You are by no means limited to companies based in Iowa either lol. Best advice I can give is to check out lots of different companies and find one that aligns closely with the kind of freight, home time, and other perks that suit you best.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Kat H.'s Comment
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@millionmiler24- Aw I like your ambition. and I am willing to co-operate with you- I should have stated that I will be driving automatic trucks only. Teaming with someone whose preferences are like yours could very well work for me. Driving to a drive start point is also no problem for me. I live just outside of Davenport!.... text me @3095584633 and let's meet up!

I was initially rejected by the company you are with- based I think on that there was absolutely nothing in the reports they found of me re- work history, credit, etc. And I trained side by side with their crew at Hawkeye! So I got to know a number of the trainers there! I paid my own way and I took time to select the best school in the business.

@Susan D. Thanks for the advice and encouragement! I will definitely check them out! I don't have and illusions about landing my dream come true immediately, either - I know that there is a lot of proving I need to accomplish.

I just had a call from CR England and they have realistic expectations for me. Income in the end is the gravy- I just want to be the best driver and do a good job. I know there are great companies out there- I just need to find the one that is comparable.

I'll let you know how it unfolds- perhaps there will be others who like myself have a lot to offer and don't have the muscle, but instead offer real life experience that can over-ride brute strength requirements.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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@millionmiler24- Aw I like your ambition. and I am willing to co-operate with you- I should have stated that I will be driving automatic trucks only. Teaming with someone whose preferences are like yours could very well work for me. Driving to a drive start point is also no problem for me. I live just outside of Davenport!.... text me @3095584633 and let's meet up!

I am cool with an Automatic. My phone wont text to your number there for whatever reason. Every time I try to, it freezes up. My number only works on WiFi. I think its better to e-mail each other, however, I don't want my info to be public on here or the internet for security reasons. How can I get in touch with you since the PM function is no longer available on here?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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