Will Lack Of Work History Be An Issue?

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Heather H.'s Comment
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Hello ladies I'm new to the forums but I have been reading and researching alot. I'd really like to get my CDL training through Prime as they seem to have the best reputation for women and new students alike. I've heard they can be very selective and I've been having issues getting into contact with anyone over the phone. I sent an application online over a week ago and have not heard back from them. I have tried calling every day this week and it will tell me for 10 minutes that I am the next available person in queue and then suddenly hang up or dump me into voice mail. I have a spotless DMV record and background check but I have not worked in over a decade as I have been a stay at home mom to my kids. I earned an associates degree in 2014 but that was some time ago. Do you believe the lack of work history is why no one has called me back? I can't think of any other reason besides they might just be swamped with applications. Should I give up on Prime and try another company? Who else would hire me that is decent (not CRE or CRST for example). The closest CDL community college near me is an hour drive away which is not doable as I would not be getting paid and would need childcare. I would love your thoughts! Thank you.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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

Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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Why not CRE or CRST? Have you been online looking at reviews? lol

Kim T.'s Comment
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Hi Heather. Please don’t give up on Prime. It took me a little while to get in touch with a recruiter but once I did I was very pleased. I am tentatively set to start on August 20 in Springfield. As far as the particulars regarding your work history you would get more accurate information from a Prime person so I will leave that to someone else.

Be patient about getting responses here...the ones that have the answers are drivers and are likely checking during their breaks

Good luck and be sure to let us know what you find out and your progress.

Heather H.'s Comment
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Hi Heather. Please don’t give up on Prime. It took me a little while to get in touch with a recruiter but once I did I was very pleased. I am tentatively set to start on August 20 in Springfield. As far as the particulars regarding your work history you would get more accurate information from a Prime person so I will leave that to someone else.

Be patient about getting responses here...the ones that have the answers are drivers and are likely checking during their breaks

Good luck and be sure to let us know what you find out and your progress.

Thanks for getting back to me. I will keep trying to reach out to them. I reached out to Roehl and they said they are not hiring in my area at all. As for CRE/CRST I've heard nothing but complaints between schooling/safety/sexual harassment claims including here on trucking truth.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Dont believe everything you read. most negative reviews are written by cry babies who would cry at whatever company they went to.

Prime is very very selective and they require verifiable employment. it might be possible to get some friends and family members to sign notarized statements thst you were working in the home or caring for family. its about commitment for them.

good luck. try calling primes main number and ask for angela gomez in recruiting...shes good

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