Having A Hard Time

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Bolt's Comment
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So after wanting to get into truck driving for several years and unable to pull the trigger I am now finally able to. I am however running into several road blocks. First I have two DWI's that are over 10 years old. Four companies have told me that two is an automatic disqualifier. I also have two driving on a suspended that are just over two years old and several companies have told me that they need to be at least three years old. I realize that these circumstances are of my own making. I am determined to get into this field and am sure that there is a company that is going to give me my shot. It is just going to take research and diligence.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Look up those companies that hire felons, they are more likely to be lenient about other things.

Companies that hire felons

Here is also a list of companies that hire with DUI

Companies that hire with a DUI

Best of luck to you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Bolt, don't let yourself be overly concerned about which company you start with. Try to get on with one of the large national companies if possible. You know how we stress sticking with your first company for a full year. Another thing that does for a person in your situation is it causes a lot of the companies who formerly wouldn't consider you to maybe reconsider you for a driver position. Not all of them will, but some will.

I had some issues landing my first job. Finally Western Express gave me a shot and I never looked back. I made a name for myself there and now there are plenty of places begging me to work for them. You can make it happen, but it may not happen the way you envisioned it.

Bolt's Comment
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Bolt, don't let yourself be overly concerned about which company you start with. Try to get on with one of the large national companies if possible. You know how we stress sticking with your first company for a full year. Another thing that does for a person in your situation is it causes a lot of the companies who formerly wouldn't consider you to maybe reconsider you for a driver position. Not all of them will, but some will.

I had some issues landing my first job. Finally Western Express gave me a shot and I never looked back. I made a name for myself there and now there are plenty of places begging me to work for them. You can make it happen, but it may not happen the way you envisioned it.

Thanks OS. That is what I am telling myself now. I had it planned out how I wanted to go and now it seems that isn't going to happen. I'm ok with that. I will persevere. I still have a couple companies that I am looking into. They are not the companies I wanted to start with, but that' ok too. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Stay tuned it will happen.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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I have 4 DUIs that are over 10 years old. I talked to many companies that will hire with two. The problem I am running into is no more than two. I got 3 companies that have me prehires and about 20 rejections and i repeat i have 4 duis. The 2 driving on suspended might be an issue til you get more time. You will have no issue getting issue with the DUIs bit companies may have problems with the driving on suspendeds. I talked to MANY that told me they don't hire with more than two. They will hire with 2. Am i allowed to list companies. What is protocol? Pm? Do some digging and if you still need help I can give you some my notes. I have alot. I've dug a lot the last few weeks. Worse case you may gotta get more time since the driving on suspended, but you will have no problem having a successful trucking career. Good luck.

So after wanting to get into truck driving for several years and unable to pull the trigger I am now finally able to. I am however running into several road blocks. First I have two DWI's that are over 10 years old. Four companies have told me that two is an automatic disqualifier. I also have two driving on a suspended that are just over two years old and several companies have told me that they need to be at least three years old. I realize that these circumstances are of my own making. I am determined to get into this field and am sure that there is a company that is going to give me my shot. It is just going to take research and diligence.

Prehire:

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.

Prehires:

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Bolt's Comment
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Thanks Bryan. I talked to another company this afternoon and it looks like a go. Im still about 5 weeks away from starting so I need to wait a few more weeks to start applying. I will get in just maybe not through the path (companies) I wanted to. The time last company on my short list told to get my CDL and drive for 3-6 months and they will be happy to work with me.

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.
Silk G.'s Comment
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@Bolt I had the same problem I applied over 5 different companies and I had to suspended license tickets last year and I talked to swift and to shnider and Warner and swift told me they had to be over a year so u can try them and shnider and werner got me I'm starting on Monday with shnider only because their training is shorter it's 10 days compared to 200 hours or 6 weeks so it's worth a try work with any starter company for a year or however long get your experience and after that they won't even look at ur past it's worth it they need us more than we need them remember you are the one interviewing them so witch one fits and wants you go for it

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Here are CFI's qualifications for students. I just got it off the web site. CFI does look at everyone on a case by case basis. Just be honest with companies. It's the undisclosed background issues that will get you a bus ticket back home.

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You can also look at Carolina Cargo.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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If you pursue trucking and give it your best you should have no problems making a career out of it. The experience will open doors even with the duis.

Thanks Bryan. I talked to another company this afternoon and it looks like a go. Im still about 5 weeks away from starting so I need to wait a few more weeks to start applying. I will get in just maybe not through the path (companies) I wanted to. The time last company on my short list told to get my CDL and drive for 3-6 months and they will be happy to work with me.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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