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Chandler G.'s Comment
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I am starting my 2nd week of driving school in N.C. I have a clean background and nothing on my record so I have a few pre-hire offers already but TMC is where I really want to go and I have heard nothing from them. I emailed my recruiter and she said they were still processing my application. They are clearly my first choice, should I be worried about them taking longer than those other companies or is this how they normally do this. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lucky Life's Comment
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Seems a bit odd but what do I know. I applied to several, have 2 that are having me call in every Friday to keep them updated and one that I told "No Thanks"(they were a recruiting mill, had 9 different recruiters call in the first 3 hours) but still get an automated call twice a day from Lisa. They all jumped on me quick but only the Mill ran my DAC and the other 2, I am not sure why they haven't processed any further than just the weekly calls.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Running Bear's Comment
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I got a pre approval before I even started school. Once I got my physical they had me set up for orentation with in the hour

Dan R.'s Comment
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I don't have nearly the experience to be confident that this is the standard, but what I experienced when I applied to places first, and the recent round I just put out testing the waters, was that the vast majority of companies will essentially consider you with them the moment they get your application so long as you didn't put anything obviously disqualifying in it. Once they do that, their recruiter talks with you a bit, then they start actually going through the application with a fine toothed comb, and that can take time -- usually a couple weeks, from what I saw, which is just enough time to get you to agree to go to school or orientation but before you actually get on the bus or in the car to start traveling.

I had several let-downs with that process where I was really excited about one particular company, even sometimes having tickets in hand and hotel registration info, only to be told that they didn't like a certain part of the application. Frankly that sucked, so if there's companies that are actually taking their time and checking things out before leading you on I consider that a very good thing.

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