Kinda Feel Like Im Just Settling...

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Marty G.'s Comment
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Hey yall, i've made several applications for company sponsored CDL training and both of my top picks have chosen to deny my application due to being unemployed for about 1 year but had a solid 7 year work history from last employer. The thing that bothers me about it most was that i chose to be unemployed, but only because my infant son at the time had breathing issues and i wasnt gonna trust a daycare to give him the full attention he needed. I even had paper work verifying the time i was unemployed for this. I just received my CLP last week, i would think that out of the 3 year employment history verification they asked for, 1 year being unemployed and the past 7 years with one company wouldnt be an issue... Maybe im over thinking this, but it seems that these companies are a bit too particular?? Yes of course they have thier own acceptance policy, but i would really hate to just settle...any idea of what can be done? Or is it pretty much a done deal till i have 3 years of consecutive employment again?? Any and all feedback on this is appreciated. Thanks.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Tim F.'s Comment
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You don’t tell us which company declined you. I’m guessing one was Prime. There have been many stories about Prime and their stringent employment or unemployment rules. A lot of drivers, myself included, were denied because they had been unemployed for a period of time.

Heres what I did: I got over it and applied to Roehl. The rest is history...tomorrow I fly to Atlanta to start my second journey with Roehl after learning that local and ltl isn’t where I wanted to hang my hat. I would advise you the same. No...it’s not settling..it’s achieving your goal of getting a cdl by any means you can. Who says you can’t go back to those companies AFTER your first year of safe driving? Maybe you’ll find out that you like the company you started with. Good luck moving forward.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Generally if you can explain your unemployment, even for "family care", companies will go for that.

Try this app which will send your application all over the place. (Having your permit already is a good thing.)

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Also:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.
Turtle's Comment
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All I can really say is these companies get a ton of applicants each week, so they have to sort through everyone's story before choosing those to accept into their program.

Your story, although genuine, is one they probably hear all too often from not so genuine people. They probably just go with their best odds in the selection process. That may not make it any easier for you to accept, but it is what it is. Just move on. Who knows, you may find out that the company that ultimately accepts you turns out to be the best company you could have picked. Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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 (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Who were your top picks that declined you? All of my top pics declined me. I found CFI and the rest is history. I think they are a great company. They trained me with very little out of pocket. I was reimbursed for my CDLP, endorsements, and CDL. I already had my medical card from another job I had applied for. They would have reimbursed that too. All I owe them is 12 months of driving. I'm on month seven now.

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.
Marty G.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies yall. The Companies that declined my application were Millis Transfer and TMC. The reasons this had bothered me were the fact of these two companies had offered Regional straight out of School. Kinda of a big thing for me as i have 2 little boys. They also were running the trucks solo and not forcing team driving for x amount of miles. I applied for Roehl and they offered OTR for my area. I have also applied for Maverick's Flatbed division should be hearing from them Monday, they have asked for A photo-copy of my social and my Birth Certificate, havent had to do that for any if the other companies i applied for. Hopefully its a good thing eh? Wish me luck guys, and thanks again for the feedback.

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.

Deke's Comment
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If you are looking flatbed, I would recommend you give McElroy a call. They have been great to work with during my application process and they don’t disqualify you for being a stay at home parent.

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