Student In A Private CDL School

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Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Hey, Key, congratulations!

And thanks for sharing these experiences so far. Great reading for us newbies - gives us hope and confidence!

Please, keep posting updates!

Key City's Comment
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I talked to a field recruiter at school yesterday with Werner yesterday at my school. I told him my recruiter on the phone I thought basically told me without saying it that I don’t have a chance because I refused a breathalyzer in 06. I told him Werner was my top pick and I really was down about not getting a chance to prove myself to them.

I just got a call from a recruiter and was offered OTR at .66 cents a mile and after 6 months I could switch to a dedicated Family Dollar account or Dollar General account in the Midwest and be home every weekend.

I still have Pre-hires though Swift, PTL, Schneider, USA Truck, and US Express. I think I’m going to go to Werner’s orientation. I really like what they have to say.

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.

Pre-hire:

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Dollar store account?? Run away as fast as you can. Those things are brutal and career killers for rookies.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Oh and West Side Transport would offer you regional home weekly right off the bat, or network fleet which is home every other weekend. After 6 months solo you could easily transfer to a home daily position. I think the current sign on bonus is $6k. Just saying...

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.

Key City's Comment
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Making a decision on which company to drive for is going to be very tough. I’m not really concerned about home time right now. I think I’m set on doing a full year OTR to prove to myself and others I have what it takes. Then I would like to switch to regional. It’s honestly going to be one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

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.

Kevin K.'s Comment
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I just got a call from a recruiter and was offered OTR at .66 cents a mile and after 6 months I could switch to a dedicated Family Dollar account or Dollar General account in the Midwest and be home every weekend.

What company is this? I haven't heard of anyone who would offer a driver fresh out of school .66 cpm for OTR. I would be wary of this.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Key City's Comment
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Werner. At my school he said they just raised pay across the board.

PackRat's Comment
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You had better get that in writing. I find that very hard to believe.

Key City's Comment
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You had better get that in writing. I find that very hard to believe.

Yeah, that’s why I was putting it out on here to see what people had to say about it. I only make $12 an hour and sadly that’s the highest pay I’ve ever had in my life and I’m 31 years old. Really any rate I will receive will ultimately be the highest paying job I’ve ever had.

I’m more concerned about learning the industry, being safe, and being on time. I realize once I conquer these goals higher pay will come with time.

Old School's Comment
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There's some details missing in that pay rate. It's probably a sliding scale that goes up to that rate on really short runs, or something like that. I've got all kinds of expertise behind me and I can't negotiate a pay rate like that.

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