Lack Of Work History... What Companies Will Accept Me?

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Clay Knight's Comment
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I wanted to go to school and training through Prime Inc but unfortunately since I have no verifiable work history for the last several years they won't accept me. Can anyone make recommendations of companies I should apply to? I have only had 1 job in the past 3 years that paid me on the books where I received a w2 form and filed taxes. I really want a career in trucking and am pretty disappointed at being declined by Prime but I'm not giving up. Figured I would ask here for recommendations. I will be getting my Permit here in CA in a week or two.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Dont be discouraged, Prime, Wil Trans, and Jim Palmer are very picky about who they bring in.

I would fill out this app,Apply For Paid CDL Training and itll get sent to numerous companies that offer company sponsored CDL training. Its alot easier than filling out each individual application.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Yeah Jim Palmer wont even give a prehire lol....but they are still my first choice once I get ready.

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.

Bolt's Comment
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Swift has given me the green light. Now I have solid job history but a lot if hopping around between construction companies.

Big Scott's Comment
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What off the books jobs did you have? How recent was the W2 job? It's all about verification.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I had a terrible work history and was able to get in with West Side and Old Dominion. I had to provide West Side transport with my 1099 from my limo job and a letter from a non family member for the time I was unemployed telling them I was bumming around the house and not in jail.

Clay Knight's Comment
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What off the books jobs did you have? How recent was the W2 job? It's all about verification.

I was caring for an elderly family member and helping my wife with her yoga and massage business but I don't have any 1099 for those things and the on the books job was for the year of 2015. Prime recruiter told me only 7 months of that job even count. He said without w2s he couldn't do anything for me.

I've been told to try Swift by a couple of other drivers I've talked to. I put in the Trucking Truth app and have been assigned recruiters with CRST and Wislon but haven't filled out their full applications yet or discussed my lack of work history so I don't know if those will go anywhere yet. Was gonna apply to Swift and Knight and see what happens and who's willing to give me a chance.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas K.'s Comment
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What off the books jobs did you have? How recent was the W2 job? It's all about verification.

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I was caring for an elderly family member and helping my wife with her yoga and massage business but I don't have any 1099 for those things and the on the books job was for the year of 2015. Prime recruiter told me only 7 months of that job even count. He said without w2s he couldn't do anything for me.

I've been told to try Swift by a couple of other drivers I've talked to. I put in the Trucking Truth app and have been assigned recruiters with CRST and Wislon but haven't filled out their full applications yet or discussed my lack of work history so I don't know if those will go anywhere yet. Was gonna apply to Swift and Knight and see what happens and who's willing to give me a chance.

I've been in the same boat recently. So far it looks like Swift and Schneider are serious about taking me on.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Clay Knight's Comment
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I spoke to CRST and Swift recruiters. Both seemed to think my lack of work history wouldn't be an issue. After speaking to both I am going to try and go to Swift. The fact that CRST only does teams for the full duration of your contract doesn't appeal to me all that much. Hoping to head off to school with Swift in about 3 weeks.

Wilbur C.'s Comment
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I spoke to CRST and Swift recruiters. Both seemed to think my lack of work history wouldn't be an issue. After speaking to both I am going to try and go to Swift. The fact that CRST only does teams for the full duration of your contract doesn't appeal to me all that much. Hoping to head off to school with Swift in about 3 weeks.

Hey Dragon Night. I see you are in Hemit CA. I lived in Palm Springs CA from '04-'11. Was great when I got there. But by '06 things started changing. Man, talk about a bad economy.

That's when things really went bad for me. How is it there now?

Best of luck brother. Hope one of those companies works out for you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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