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G-Town's Comment
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I neglected to mention in Part 0 that at 32, I've never had any formal employment. I have always worked informally (self or otherwise) or been in university part-time and have never filed for income taxes. Depending on your interpretation, this could be the mother of all résumé gaps. Would this change your assessments?

Are you currently, legally employed?

There is literally nothing to interpret. For most companies, you must be prepared to document the last three or more years of employment and/or school history, including reference letters. Even if it’s volunteer work, the time must be accounted for. Write it all down and build a history before attempting an application.

Something to think about and no offense intended; learning how-to do this; enough to pass the CDL , subsequent road training and the first year of first-seat operation will be very difficult, intense with very long hours. Commitment is a fundamental ingredient of success and still does not guarantee entry into the business. Your work history will not bode well with any reputable company in determining your qualification.

Although there is a serious shortage of qualified truck drivers, the key word is “qualified”. It’s all about assessing risk when vetting entry-level, trainee candidates and how you stack-up to other applicants.

There is nothing I can see in your background indicating you can be successful at this. Sorry if that seems harsh, but it’s rather obvious.

Don’t be surprised if you are asked to hold a job for a year or so before you’ll be seriously considered.

Good luck!

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Albert L.'s Comment
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I appreciate your candor. Thank you for your time.

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