Questions On Getting On With A Company Sponsored Driving School

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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To recap:

Criminal Record-- Felony for assault with a deadly weapon. Thats a strike and makes you appear angry and violent.

DMV Record: Traffic tickets and "some things" the latest is 2015 (thats a good cause they want 3 years clean)

Work History: Excuse after excuse. Big deal you could only find part time work. then get two jobs. i had 2 full time jobs and put myself through college too.

and you repeatedly stated "other than that, my record is clean"

No, your record isnt clean. you have an inconsistent, unstable work history, a history of violent crime and and shoddy driving record only because your truck has been broken down since March.

Why would anyone hire you over applicants with none of these issues???

your best bet is to listen to Old School. Get serious about work. walk, ride a bike, pay a neighbor...but get to work.

then a year or so, maybe 2 or 3, try again with more time between that felony and that DMV record.

good luck

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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David, you do have a bit of a hot mess of a background and work history. Like Rainy said, there are issues that you'll have to overcome.

With that said, read the resources available on this site recommended by Erroll and others, related to felons, and just general Preparatory information on what the lifestyle of OTR is. Once you have invested that time and if you are still considering this as a career path, get a job. Keep that job. And start applying to places that have shown a willingness to hire on people with your background.

Make sure it is a place that will employ and train you through the CDL training process. That way you are not spending your limited financial resources on getting a CDL that may or may not do you good in the future. If a company takes you in and pays for you to get your cdl, you'll be well on your way to a new and worthwhile career. If you get turned down due lack of verifiable employment history, take that to heart and keep working and marking the time until you have sufficient work history. Use THAT time to study

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Good luck!!

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Sorry if i sounded harsh, but that is how companies will see it.

check out this article

The Mental Side of Trucking: Decision Making and Responsibility

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Sorry if i sounded harsh, but that is how companies will see it.

check out this article

Nope, not harsh. Blunt and realistic.

David T.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. I have some possible good news. US Express has told me that I can be hired after driving school. They have gotten me in touch with a school called MTC. The school has gotten my info and I'm just waiting to hear back from them. The lady I spoke to said that I will likely hear back from them tomorrow.

David T.'s Comment
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Another thought. Could I get my CDL license while I work a local job? Just wondering on that. It would be like killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

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Dave, there are plenty of companies that offer Paid CDL Training Programs, meaning you don't have to pay up front. However most of the hiring process happens before your school starts. This means you are all but hired when you get on the bus to go to school.

Taking a local job, even if you have a fresh CDL will be more of a waste of time than a way to get your foot in the door at a major trucking company.

From reading your later posts here, I have to ask you to take an honest look at yourself. A trucking life is not comfortable. It isn't something you do for a week or two then go home. It's possible for you to be working/driving any hour of the day or night, Monday through Sunday, in almost any weather - hot, cold, wet, dry. You'll be living in a small box right next to your "office" - the driver seat. The nearest bathroom might be 75-100 yards away in the truck stop building.

You'll most probably have a lonely life, since the only regular contact with people you know will be over the phone or texts. And the shippers and receivers you talk to may be friendly enough, but there's someone behind you who needs their papers signed, too. (It's all business).

If you can adjust to conditions like this, you just might end up with a job you can love. I'm a little harsh here, but many people come in all starry eyed, wanting to see the USA through the windshield of a big truck. You get that, certainly, but you have to put up with the whole nine yards.

Most of us on Trucking Truth have gotten to the point where we want to get into our truck, and hit the big road. And we want you to be able to enjoy the experience, too. Just be realistic about your choice.

I understand this. I am grateful to you for this answer. To give an answer to this, I already pretty much have a lonely life as it it. Not many friends. Stay at home 99% doing yard work and such. I know that driving a truck is difficult to say the least. However, I think I can make a good go at it because I push myself really hard if it means getting something I want. In this case, it means me getting work experience and financial independence. I don't have many bills at all to pay. The only bill I have is my phone bill and that is 30 dollars a month. I hope that none of this is seen as being belligerent.

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

David T.'s Comment
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Update on the trucking school. I received a notification text message stating that my school application has been approved. I am calling the lady tomorrow morning to confirm it and to see what the next steps I need to take are. Just thought I would keep you all updated.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Thats awesome!!! just remember tge entire process is an interview. You will be observed constantly. Be sure to answer the questions honestly and answer only what they ask.

good luck!

David T.'s Comment
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Thats awesome!!! just remember tge entire process is an interview. You will be observed constantly. Be sure to answer the questions honestly and answer only what they ask.

good luck!

Thank you. Excuse me, ma'am but may I ask a question? Where did you get the idea for your

Thats awesome!!! just remember tge entire process is an interview. You will be observed constantly. Be sure to answer the questions honestly and answer only what they ask.

good luck!

Thanks. Ma'am, if I may ask, where did you get the idea for your profile name? Do you rain on people's day? I got that distinct impression. I prefer a sunny day and will carry an umbrella with a light in it if necessary. 🙂😀

Errol V.'s Comment
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Dave gets pushy:

I think I can make a good go at it because I push myself really hard if it means getting something I want.

We only know stuff about you by what you wrote here. Keep in mind everyone who posts here simply want you to make the decision you can live with. We have described our impressions of the realities of the job and we push you (in a good way) to take a close look at your history, your abilities and whether you might be able to stick with it.

We all hope you'll handle MTC and USXpress, and keep at it regardless of the difficulties because you must simply keep your eyes on your prize.

Please bring anything up here, both your concerns and your successes. Trust me, we've seen it all on this forum, and we'll stay on the level in supporting you.

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