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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I have orientation starting on Monday so I'm leaving out of Sacramento on Sunday so I won't have to drive all night. Orientation starts at 7 am for urine and hair follicle test. Then we have to start with what comes next which I'm sure is get the forms filled out etc. I had applied to many companies and was told they don't hire out of California. I didn't ask why, I figured it was company policy. Like CFI and H.O. Wolding. It's all good, but it sure was fast. I talked to Arturo this morning and he said to update my application. Then he called and said can you start the 10th, which is in a few days.

One question, what is business casual??? I hope it doesn't mean I have to go out and buy some dress slacks and stuff like that. I own mostly jeans.

I will try to do a diary for those who are still considering a career. Once you start talking to recruiters, they want to make sure you are able to make a commitment. Then they will move on to the next applicant if you "hew haw" around. When I called my school and told them that I had a conditional offer she told me she just got it and would send it in to Swift. So once you have an offer, it's best not to take too long and giving a yes or no answer to them.

So I may not be on here as much, (a relief to the moderators I'm sure), but I may pop in once in a while. I don't like to use my phone for doing this type of thing. And we can't bring our laptops. No way to secure them. First two weeks of Orientation, then home for Christmas Eve day. Then back after New Year and finish last week of orientation. Then out with a mentor for 3-4 weeks. Then back to Lathrop, Ca. to the terminal I will be working out of for now.

Be safe out there, God speed.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Business casual, jeans are okay. Shirt with a collar, no flop-flops. Dress for work, not the beach.

I think you’ll be fine.

Best of luck!

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Khakis and a dress shirt(solid color button down) would suffice, maybe even a polo shirt. Usually jeans are considered too casual. Wont hurt to ask them directly what is too casual I don't think.

Congratulations I've read a few of your posts and glad you are getting to one of the goals you set for yourself.

Pete M.'s Comment
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Business casual is Dockers type slacks as opposed to dress slacks, and a collard shirt.

I seemed to get away with BLACK Levis and golf shirts at a previous employer. Blue denim was not acceptable.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Business casual is dockers or slacks and a collared shirt plus belt. No tie or jacket.



JoAnne EC's Comment
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That's so awesome! Congrats!!! We'll look forward to any updates you have time to give us. All the best! =)

G-Town's Comment
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Guys I wore jeans to a Swift orientation.

Raptor to be sure, ask your recruiter to clarify this.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Guys I wore jeans to a Swift orientation.

Raptor to be sure, ask your recruiter to clarify this.

Agreed, I would ask, but generally clean jeans with no rips, frays, stains, or tears (and no underwear showing, LOL) should be OK.


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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Robert, congrats! We are on the same schedule with different companies. Business casual around here includes jeans in good condition, (like pre-trip: not torn, frayed, cut, in good condition, not leaking rofl-2.gif) You can never go wrong with khakis or even good cargo pants. I don't like button front shirts, so I usually wear polo shirts or a good sweater to most business appointments when it's cool weather. Schneider told me to bring jeans, cargo pants or work pants. Footwear has to be leather boots labeled slip and oil resistant. All shirts must have sleeves. All weather gear required. Tanker drivers are required to wear long sleeved shirts. I like to go the extra mile so I'm going to wear the suit, shirt and tie I picked out for my funeral. But that's just me.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations Robert. Looking forward to hearing your success story.

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