1st Conditional Job Offer

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DrumMum's Comment
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Hi, all.

Well, I have been online the past couple days, filling out job applications. I got a "conditional" job offer from Schneider. They were on my short list, mainly because they have so many facilities and so many different opportunities. And one terminal is an hour from where I live.

I'm just curious how "conditional" the job offer will be. I feel like i didn't get a whole lot of skills training or behind the wheel training in school. I'm a little nervous about the skill qualification testing at the end!

I've had my Class B license for years, and I currently drive bigger straight trucks at my current job.

Anyone have any helpful suggestions? What to expect next? I haven't put in my "notice" at my current job yet.

TIA

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and welcome! basically, they are inviting you to orientation. they call it conditional because the entire orientation and training process, and you will go through training, is considered an interview. A more thorough background check, DOT physical and work history check will be done. If you just graduated from CDL school, then they expect you to need a ton of training ;)

Schneider is a great comoany, but they have a short training period. Other companies have longer training if that is what would make you more comfortable. Living near a terminal is not necessary, as most companies allow you to take the truck home. Im from NJ and although we have a termianl 150 miles away, im dispatched out of MO.

and im sure you are thinking "but i have a DOT card and had a drug test". that doesnt matter. all companies wikl do new ones, and many have stricter medical and prescription requirements than DOT.

of course you are nervous! you will be for months going solo too. its normal, and companies know it.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DrumMum's Comment
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Hey. Thanks for the quick reply....and exactly what I was thinking!!!!

I just got another off from Roehl this morning!!!

Decisions, decisions!

Hi and welcome! basically, they are inviting you to orientation. they call it conditional because the entire orientation and training process, and you will go through training, is considered an interview. A more thorough background check, DOT physical and work history check will be done. If you just graduated from CDL school, then they expect you to need a ton of training ;)

Schneider is a great comoany, but they have a short training period. Other companies have longer training if that is what would make you more comfortable. Living near a terminal is not necessary, as most companies allow you to take the truck home. Im from NJ and although we have a termianl 150 miles away, im dispatched out of MO.

and im sure you are thinking "but i have a DOT card and had a drug test". that doesnt matter. all companies wikl do new ones, and many have stricter medical and prescription requirements than DOT.

of course you are nervous! you will be for months going solo too. its normal, and companies know it.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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