Rejection Due To Unemployment

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Jeff J.'s Comment
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Hello All,

My name is Jeff. I've been unemployed for the past 2 years. It all started in 2016 when I started showing severe signs of PTSD. I had been a Paramedic for the previous 13 years and had worked in EMS for 15 years total. I saw many things that most people don't see. During the time as a Paramedic, I was able to acquire knowledge and gain experience to a point where I became a Captain for our department. Anyways, when I started to show signs of severe PTSD I sought help but being the stubborn male that I am I waited too long. It was to the point that I was unable to work any longer. For the past 2 years, I have been getting counseling and working to overcome this issue. I am now at a point that I can work but I have been denied at 3 places so far due to lack of recent employment. I don't have a CDL and need to be trained. I've only had 1 speeding ticket at 17 years old. I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army with an Honorable discharge. Is there anything that I can do to increase my chances of being hired? Any advice would be appreciated.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and thanks.for your service, both in the military and the paramedic job helping people. takes a sepcial person to do that.

My advice would.be to find a job locally, continue to be stable and a couple years down the line look into trucking. i dont say this to be mean, but training is very stressful and i hate seeing when people made such progress then would slide backward due to something too stressful. Another issue is that many trucking companies disqualify many mental health medications. So you can get around the lack or.work history, then go to orientation only to be sent home due to your psychotropic medications.

Get a job at home.where you have family and your doctors support team. Starting a new job is stressful and doing it at home where you have access to medical professionals will make the adjustment easier. Hopefully you can continue to be stable and eventually won't need the medications. Counseling on the road may not be as easy as you think depending on how often you need it and whether your therapist is willing to skype or facetime.

Then with a solid work history, apply to CDL sponsored programs. You will still need to submit your medical records if you have taken meds within the last 3 years.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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