Anyway To Get Into This Industry CDL Class A Sponsored School? Rejected Due To Unemployment Gap Last 2.5 Years.

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Alex T.'s Comment
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Hello, I was wondering if it's possible a company would take a chance on me? I'm looking for a company to train me with their CDL program. I have no experience driving a truck and only have a class c license.

I'm currently unemployed and ran into a major road block with my "work history" being currently unemployed for the last 2.5 years. To make matters worst, I am "not rehireable" at my old job of 13 years because I quit on the spot. I expect my background check to be clean regarding dmv record, police record.

I've been rejected by 3 companies so far which was very devastating to me. Please don't name the company, I don't want to ruin it for furture applicants with same issues as mine.

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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Alex T.-Check out the many company reviews (Trucking Company Reviews). And apply to as many companies that offer (Paid CDL Training Programs), in your area. One advice from a former trucker going back to it is: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER up and quit any job without a cooling off period. Talk to your supervisor or even HR, before just up and quitting. Something like this shows a potential employer that when the tough gets going, you can't hang, and quit. They need to know that they can count on you to do the job. So what have you been doing for the last 2.5 years? I don't know, maybe Brett knows of some companies that will take a chance on you? Maybe get a job anywhere and start trucking in a year. Remember this is Trucking Truth, and you will get a wealth of great information here from the experienced truckers. HEED their advice, but don't expect to be coddled. I don't know what "BEEF" you had with the company you up and quit, but the best thing is to be honest with the potential employers. Never leave anything out. Not only is it a lie, but they have ways of finding out. Then you will have that to contend with as well.

Robert D. (Raptor)

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Can you explain your unemployment? What have you done the past 2.5 years? Why did you quit your last job? What companies rejected you? It helps us help you if we know the company. Have you tried CFI, I was on unemployment when they hired me. The main thing they need is to prove that you are not a terrorist or drug dealer. If I understand you correctly you worked for a company for 13 years and have been unemployed since. What have you done to support yourself during that 2.5 years? You can also try Apply For Paid CDL Training. That will send one application to many schools. For me, I made a list of companies, called each one until one said yes. Now I have over 150, 000 safe miles.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Keep applying someone will hire you, but they may ask for a letter or letters from someone saying they know you where unemployed and not up to no good.

Alex T.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your advice, I'm too sad to continue with starting a career in trucking at this time.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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In this Industry, trucking, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. This career is one of perseverance and intestinal fortitude. One of self reliance and independence. Only those who can reach deep down and gut check themselves will be successful here. If this is something you want, then it is time to step up. Only you know if you possess the qualities to excel in trucking. The best example of this is Million Miler. He was homeless. Now he is a trainer and top tier driver. Like I said, you need to gut check yourself if you want to succeed here. (In trucking)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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