Employment History For A 21 Yo

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Eli K.'s Comment
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Hello guys ,My story is i came to america when i was 16 went to school and 1 year of college, now im 19 and a half and got my first job , i will stick there till 21 and apply for a truck sponsored cdl program , will i face issues with employment history as it will only be like a 2 year employments? Thanks

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.
Old School's Comment
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If you can produce transcripts from college (easily obtained from the school) that will suffice as evidence for a third year. Your biggest problem is going to be your age. Most of the major trucking companies will want you to be older by a few years.

You should apply at all of the Paid CDL Training Programs and see how that goes. It would be foolish for you to pay for a private truck driving school and then not be able to get s job due to your age.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You should apply at all of the Paid CDL Training Programs and see how that goes. It would be foolish for you to pay for a private truck driving school and then not be able to get s job due to your age.

Considering that most students with no experience will end up at one of the mega carriers anyway, I think paying for your own school is foolish. And this is coming from a guy that will be paying for his own school. The only reason I am paying for private school is that the company I wanted to work for, because they will put me in a regional route straight from school (and their training, of course), does not have a paid program. If they had not given me a prehire letter, I would have gone to Roehl or Maverick, assuming they would accept me, and saved my money.

I will still be able to get reimbursed, but I would still recommend a company paid school for anyone entering the field, over private school. I think the school part is probably the easiest part of the process (after the permit), and if the company has invested the school part of your training, they have more incentive to get you on the road. And some may likely have a better school than the private schools.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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