New Grad, Should I Take This Local Job?

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Michael N.'s Comment
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I'm a new graduate from a CDL program. I got a call for a yard jockey job, but scared to leave my current job for fear that the yard jockey job might now work out for one reason or another like me backing into something. Any advice? I'm scared to death to make this move. I have no money saved as a cushion because I don't make enough money right now to save anything. I'm barely making ends meet now hence the reason why I went for my CDL.

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.
Pete B.'s Comment
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If the new job pays significantly more, then absolutely take it. You got your CDL , now instead of dipping your toes in the water, jump in! Normally local jobs are not advisable For CDL graduates, but a yard jockey position isn’t quite the same…

Those trucks are much smaller, more maneuverable, the vision to the sides and rear is pretty good. As far as your fear of backing into something is concerned, just Get Out And Look every time you’re backing up, until you get the hang of it, and then still continue to G.O.A.L. The way I have seen yard jockey operate those trucks, I’d say your biggest concern would be driving into the path of another yard jockey going 55 mph. They’re like UPS trucks on crack.

Take the job, Michael, and good luck!

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.
PackRat's Comment
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If it pays more, then yes. Think of some benefits you'll have: home every day, steady work, virtually no traffic, tons of backing practice, no trip planning, no HOS to worry about....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChefsJK's Comment
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Go for it, it is a lot of fun, I switched from OTR to that and was a good choice for me, good consistent pay, benefits, paid holidays, two full days off a week unless i choose to work more, home every night. What company is the yard jockey company and what is the pay like?

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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If you have no OTR experience, don't take this job. Hone your backing skills OTR then try yard jockey. Sometime more money is not better.

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.

Iron Emu's Comment
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If you have no OTR experience, don't take this job. Hone your backing skills OTR then try yard jockey. Sometime more money is not better.

I have to agree with this. Very new myself, running flatbed right now, and backing is still a challenge. Not only that, but to me, OTR is the best place to learn to get in and out of a multitude of different obstacles. It builds confidence in yourself and your ability, just don't get ****y, that's when the truck will bite back.

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.

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