WorkHorse Update...Looking Hopeful!!!

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Workhorse 's Comment
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I've been talking with US Xpress for training and employment. I have been approved by them and handed over to their partner school for approval. So things are looking up for me and I am excited, my only worry right now is that the school is running my credit. I don't know what the requirement is but I do know that my report isn't good like at all...without giving to much personal information out I have a score better than 550 but with several derogatory marks. How worried do I need to be right now?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Do you have a prehire from USX? This would be a good indication that USX will pick up the tuition tab.

Swift I know doesn't check credit when you sign the contract for school, but then their school is in-house.

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.

Workhorse 's Comment
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I'm going to talk to my recruiter Monday. I was able to submit my application and send over my information on Wednesday and talked with my recruiter on Thursday but it was late in the day and seemed like she was in a rush it being a holiday weekend and all. I was given the number for the school and told to talk with them and that I met the qualification requirements for USX. After talking with the school which seemed to go great that was when I was informed that they would run my credit, I'm thinking that pending those results will determine if I can receive a pre-hire letter. I'm excited that it seems I may have a chance but again my past crept up on me and has me worrying again. I hope that it's not as big a deal as I'm making it out to be since all of the bad marks were years ago and I do have at least one good report showing recent activity that is being "Paid as agreed". I would like to thank each and every person that has voiced their opinion, given advice, and wisdom I have listened and valued it greatly.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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USX is okay with the failed drug screen? The one you informed us of in your initial post?

The reason I ask; they are not typically known as a second chance company.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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The credit check may determine if they ask you to have someone co-sign for you.

Get that prehire. Whether by email, snail mail or both, before you commit to the school.

Good luck

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.

Workhorse 's Comment
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USX is okay with the failed drug screen? The one you informed us of in your initial post?

The reason I ask; they are not typically known as a second chance company.

Yes G-town they know and we’re glad to see that I had already done the counseling required. I had to talk with their safety department and they informed me that they had spoken with my employer and they were told a lot of great things that made them feel I was worth the chance. Thanks again everyone for the words of advice and encouragement.

G-Town's Comment
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USX is okay with the failed drug screen? The one you informed us of in your initial post?

The reason I ask; they are not typically known as a second chance company.

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Yes G-town they know and we’re glad to see that I had already done the counseling required. I had to talk with their safety department and they informed me that they had spoken with my employer and they were told a lot of great things that made them feel I was worth the chance. Thanks again everyone for the words of advice and encouragement.

Hey, that's great good for you!

For the benefit of others in your shoes, what exactly did you do for the counseling? And how was it documented?

Workhorse 's Comment
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Sure thing G-Town For my situation being a veteran I had some better resources at my disposal. First thing is to find an SAP accredited counselor, the web is a good tool to use but I would recommend talking with the carrier and seeing if they have any they would recommend; you're going to be honest with them and they will know so if they'll help you find a program that's a good sign. For me I went to my local VA and they pointed me to my local American Legion who did have an SAP Counselor (luck). After you've found a counselor you will talk with them about such things as frequency of use, reason for use, just know that it is essentially a therapist and drug counseling appointment. you will discuss ways to get clean, coping techniques and other personal things where at the end of the initial meeting a recommendation will be made. Now they may recommend that you meet with them again for several weeks to ensure that you are sticking with the program, at the end you will receive a certificate that you must keep to verify that you completed the course. you will not receive the certificate or recommendation letter until you have completed the program. That's it in a nutshell and the programs do vary.

I will say don't lie about anything and don't try to cover up anything, they've been doing this for a while and have seen and heard all there is. Drug screenings are used throughout the process. For me, I assumed at a party that a vape pen was filled with nicotine juice but it wasn't. It was the one and only time that I had used a drug that wasn't prescribed to me and I suffered the consequences of hiding that truth with my employer. I performed 2 drug screens once at the start and the other at the end, I was clean both times which helped them determine that I just had a rough patch of rotten luck. It's not something to take lightly and I will say that if you're a serious drug user and you think that you can do this and get under the radar to be paid to use DO NOT ATTEMPT!! This is what they're looking out for, those liars who just want a job without giving up their awful lifestyle. If this is you then don't apply there is no place for you behind the wheel.

Hope this helps if anyone else has anything to add or contribute feel free to do so.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Workhorse 's Comment
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UPDATE: I have received my pre-hire letter from USX and am slated to start April 16.

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.

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