I've Just Received An Unsolicited Email Message From A CDL Recruiter.

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Todd Holmes's Comment
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I don't know this person. Do you?

Somebody by the handle of "Japera Jones" at some outfit in Washington State called Wilson Logistics.com. It's a coincidence that I have posting here about truck driving lately and I get a message by email from a complete stranger about trucking recruiting. I did inquire to Jim Palmer trucking by email a couple of days ago with a question regarding hiring policy. Is Palmer affiliated with this strange recruiter?

Here's his pitch whoever he is (should I send this email to my Spam folder?):

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"Hey Todd,

Below, I have included information regarding how our training program works, as well as our many driving opportunities. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at 406-829-6286 or my cell at 206-553-9277. I have included a link to the full application at the bottom of this email. Hope to see your application soon!

We would pay for the bus ticket or if you preferred to fly or drive, we would reimburse up to the amount of the cost of the bus ticket. We have the $150 ADMIN FEE which has to be paid upfront once you are approved and arrived at our terminal. We would provide you with a hotel stay, which has complimentary breakfast; we would cover lunches. You will then get your CDL permit and then we would send you out OTR for 3 weeks of permit driving during which time we would offer a $200/ week advance. We would then have you take the CDL test and once they obtained their CDL license, we would send them back out OTR for 40k miles of team driving. You will be paid 12 cpm or $600/ week whichever greater for the first 10k miles and then 14 cpm or $700/ week whichever greater for the remaining 30k miles. We would then get you out in your own truck solo as a company driver under a ONE YEAR CONTRACT. You would then make 40 cpm with the ability to earn up to 5 extra cpm with a fuel incentive for the OTR company position or 45 cents/ mile with the western regional position.

https://www.wilsonlogistics.com/apply/japeraj

We offer several different positions to suit your needs and wants:

OTR Company Positions West Coast to Midwest lanes (NO North East) East Coast to Midwest lanes Competitive pay (averaging .42-.43 cpm) $10,000 longevity bonus after 5 years OTR and Regional Lease Positions 70% of the line haul , 100% of the fuel surcharge No money down, no credit check No penalty walkaway $10,000 longevity bonus after 5 years West Coast Regional Positions .45 cpm Guaranteed home 3 times per month Potential for pass throughs $10,000 longevity bonus after 5 years CDL Training On the job training, hands on, one-on-one FREE with 1 year contract $10,000 longevity bonus after 5 years

What sets us apart from the competition?

Completely updated and maintained equipment with upgrades including but not limited to APU’s, Inverters, EpicVue with flat screen TV’s, Navigation, and more. Small onboarding classes (1-5 drivers a week) with only the most qualified drivers. Fleet managers that focus on communication for optimal driver success."

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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.

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.

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Old School's Comment
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It's a coincidence that I have posting here about truck driving lately and I get a message by email from a complete stranger about trucking recruiting. I did inquire to Jim Palmer trucking by email a couple of days ago with a question regarding hiring policy. Is Palmer affiliated with this strange recruiter?

There's no coincidence related to your posting on this site. You inquired - you wrote a letter. This recruiter is responding. He's from Wil-Trans , a company affiliated with Jim Palmer. You've got yourself on their list now.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You inquired, they responded. Something tells me you have zero interest in this industry and are nothing more than a troll.

Superlejera's Comment
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I would like to know when Brett Aquila going to block this guy .

G-Town's Comment
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I would like to know when Brett Aquila going to block this guy .

I think Todd already was blocked once...

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Todd-

What is ur problem? U seem to be a negative person. I can't understand how u made it through the miltary. Did u question every order that was given?

If u had done ur homework a out all the company reviews, then u would have known that JP and WILSO logistics were sister companies.

When a rookie solo driver has to ask Brett to block u, then there's something wrong.

If u r seriously considering a career, then do it and take the advice from so many people who have been trying to get it through ur thick head about this adventure. If u r a troll as Superlejera suggests, then stop wasting everybody's time and effort.

I went from wheelchair to driving again. So don't put the disabled crap on everyone's plate. And yes I also served this great nation. A d so did many on this forum. But as I told u in another thread, u r a worrywort. Are u related to "chicken little "? The sky is not falling!

In the short time u have been on here u seem to asking lots of questions, which is good if u want to get into this career. But all this doom and gloom is a real bummer to listen to day after day.

I'm blunt yes, but get off the soapbox and either get into this adventure or seek some other pulpit to preach upon.

Bird-one's Comment
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Wil-trans is a great company. This is a hell of an opportunity if you are serious Todd.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I would like to know when Brett Aquila going to block this guy .

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I think Todd already was blocked once...

I think you are correct.

He has zero intention of ever driving.

So yes, you should toss the email, as you will never use it.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Todd-

What is ur problem? U seem to be a negative person. I can't understand how u made it through the miltary. Did u question every order that was given?

I went from wheelchair to driving again. So don't put the disabled crap on everyone's plate. And yes I also served this great nation. A d so did many on this forum. But as I told u in another thread, u r a worrywort. Are u related to "chicken little "? The sky is not falling!

I'm blunt yes, but get off the soapbox and either get into this adventure or seek some other pulpit to preach upon.

I don’t think there is an ounce of truth in anything he posts. I think G-Town and the others are correct, he is the troll who was blocked recently.

He has no intention of ever driving, he just likes to hear himself talk.

I started my driving practice yesterday while suffering from sacroilitis, or something like that. I can’t remember the exact name. It’s an inflammation of the hip/pelvis joint. After driving 3 hours to get here, then 4.5 for practice, I spent a few hours with heating pads on my hip and the night waking every hour in pain, trying to find a position I could fall back asleep in.

I say that not to complain, but to say I can’t wait to do it again today!

If Todd (whatever his real name is) really wanted to drive, he would do whatever he needed to get it done, not claim to be reading Brett’s book for weeks. Apparently he is reading a word a day.

PackRat's Comment
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Maybe they wanted Todd The Troll to hire on as their new C.O.O.? He has vast knowledge....all unrelated to trucking, though.

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