3 DUI's In The Past Making It Difficult To Get Hired

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Phil C.'s Comment
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Well as I move closer to finding a company, I am running into brick walls due to having 3 DUI's when I was younger. I had one in 1992, 1995 and 1996. Many of the companies I had narrowed my search down to, have now declined me because of these DUI's. I haven't drank a drop for 15 years nor do I plan to start anytime soon, but that doesn't seem to matter to them.

I recently got my CDL through a local college and so have begun the application process. I had narrowed it down to Western Express but they have now declined me based on having these DUI's. Other companies will hire me, but only if I live close to one of their terminals. I am not opposed to relocating but you can see how my whole situation has changed now.

So if anyone has a recommendation for a new graduate, looking to get OTR experience, but that has 3 older DUI's, oldest being in 1996, I would love to hear it.

Thanks!

Phil

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.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Old School's Comment
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Phil, sorry to hear about you hitting this snag. I think here's what I would do: If you can find someone to hire you that requires you to relocate (and you don't mind relocating there) then go for it. Here's what you'll accomplish, first you'll get your foot in the door to the industry, then after a year of proving yourself you can start trying to apply at other places again. After having that year of OTR experience under your belt, if you'll start applying say around April and May there will be a few companies that are hard pressed for drivers and they will probably give you a shot. That's when the hiring will start ramping up for the busy season. If you were to wait around now for the busy season to get here it's gonna work against you because of the time that you will have been out of school without driving.

I hope that's helpful, but Phil you've just got to realize you are gonna have to jump through some hoops to get this done. It's not impossible, but you've definitely got a challenge ahead of you. It's doubly tricky right now because hiring is slow this time of year anyway, but don't give up and be persistent, you are probably gonna have to settle for what ever you can get and don't be real picky. That's OK though, trust me you can make the best of it if you go into this with the right attitude and work ethic.

I wish you the best Phil, and you know if there's anything I can help you with you can PM me. Best of luck Bud!

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.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Have you filled this out?? Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. This might get you a little closer to finding a company that is a good fit for you..if you still don't have any luck, try Craigslist..there are a lot of trucking jobs listed and they are usually local..if you get a year of experience and still want to go OTR , it might help you in the long run.. Good luck on your search..

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.

Old School's Comment
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Best Answer!

Phil, sorry to hear about you hitting this snag. I think here's what I would do: If you can find someone to hire you that requires you to relocate (and you don't mind relocating there) then go for it. Here's what you'll accomplish, first you'll get your foot in the door to the industry, then after a year of proving yourself you can start trying to apply at other places again. After having that year of OTR experience under your belt, if you'll start applying say around April and May there will be a few companies that are hard pressed for drivers and they will probably give you a shot. That's when the hiring will start ramping up for the busy season. If you were to wait around now for the busy season to get here it's gonna work against you because of the time that you will have been out of school without driving.

I hope that's helpful, but Phil you've just got to realize you are gonna have to jump through some hoops to get this done. It's not impossible, but you've definitely got a challenge ahead of you. It's doubly tricky right now because hiring is slow this time of year anyway, but don't give up and be persistent, you are probably gonna have to settle for what ever you can get and don't be real picky. That's OK though, trust me you can make the best of it if you go into this with the right attitude and work ethic.

I wish you the best Phil, and you know if there's anything I can help you with you can PM me. Best of luck Bud!

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Phil....just fill out an app for every company you can....some will shut you down, but somewhere theres a company for you...its just finding it....be tenacious..be stubborn...do that guy thing you guys do so well when you want that toy !!!! Ya'll know what I mean... NEVER GIVE UP....its out there..ya just gotta find it

Marcus B.'s Comment
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Hi Phil I am kind of in the same situation you were in. I was wondering did you ever land that trucking Job and if so is there any advice that you can give me.

Thanks Marcus B

John S.'s Comment
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I can tell you one company if your not picky. As all companies they have ups and downs. I trained with them and drove for them with 3 duis on my record. Like you mine were about the same yrs,with 16 yrs since i drank. SRT. Southern transport. Texarkana,Ar. They will hire and train you. My only dislike is that i am sitting alot. Have to call and fight for my detention and layover all the time. I eventually get it but man. I dont get many miles. Im averaging about 1600 per week solo. But ots a job. I love the,traveling part. I am fixing to buy my own yruck and do my own thing. I have family brokers,snd family owner ops to help me. Thats the only reason i chose SRT. Is caise of my duis. I could have paid a regular school but they only get u ur cdl then thats it. Due to the lack of jobs accepting my 3 duis they couldnt guarantee me work. So no work means cdl and no experience. So i am just about ready to move on. As i have enoigh experience i feel confident.

John

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

John S.'s Comment
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If you vall them. Yell them i refered you.ask for china walter. She will get u in. She was my recruiter. Give them my name snd,see if they stand by their referel bonus. Its john stidman. Ots not the,worst company. The staff are all nice and christian based. I just hate sitting and the low miles. But like i stated. Im only here to get experience. I actually just put a down payment on a truck to hold. Ill decide if i buy it on my hometime. Gd luck. Ive already did the,research. So im telling you with that many duis. This us your only option rt now. Ive contacted every company. Its an indurance thing. Some accept 1 maybe 2. But 3 is very difficult.

John

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Phil C.'s Comment
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Hi Phil I am kind of in the same situation you were in. I was wondering did you ever land that trucking Job and if so is there any advice that you can give me.

Thanks Marcus B

Yes I did. But I decided not to go OTR to start. I got on with a local construction company that builds overpasses and driveways and does paving. I started as a class B driver but ended up getting a lot of time in pulling a class A tanker. Now, I have over 2 years experience and am again thinking about going OTR. My advice is just keep looking till you find. The company I found didn't care about past dui unless it was in the last 7 years. Be honest about your past so it doesn't come up later. I have since moved into belly dump and some heavy haul flatbed. Most companies now would hire me with experience even with the duis, but some still would not. Schneider allows one per lifetime for example. Also you can look into getting them expunged from your record after a set time in some states. Then it is as if you never had one as far as a records search goes. But basically be honest and diligent and you will find a job. Be willing to accept a driving job that may not be your first pick, and keep your driving record spotless as you build up some experience.

Phil

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Steve J.'s Comment
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3 dui's wow

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Seadragon H.'s Comment
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Try TransAm.

Hi Phil I am kind of in the same situation you were in. I was wondering did you ever land that trucking Job and if so is there any advice that you can give me.

Thanks Marcus B

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