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TN Harris's Comment
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Hello ladies, I'm new on here and had some questions. I'm seriously considering becoming a truck driver but here's my questions if ya'll don't mind helping me out a bit. I'd sincerely appreciate it.

#1 - I do have some gaps in my employment history. Will that make it impossible for me to find a good trucking job?

((Backstory)) As a matter of fact I'm not working at the moment. I tried to go into a new field (Medical Billing) and the company that hired me said "Oh, we'll teach you everything you need to know. Then fires me after 2 weeks of training; saying "I just wasn't getting it." I'm a very smart person but after being fired, it kind of let's the air out of your tires. So needless to say I was trying to better myself and got slapped in the face by reality; but I'm NOT giving up. I'm over the 9 to 5 jobs. I want to make some real money.

#2 - How far do they go back on the driving record?

((Backstory)) If they only go back 3 years, I'll only have one speeding ticket. If they go back more than that. It will be worse. I'm a target for people to rear end me and then leave. LOL. I've also had several speeding tickets over the years. About the time one ticket falls off (3 years); I'd usually get another one. I'm finally maturing in my older age of 43 and learning to slow down.

Thanks for any advice or guidance ya'll can give me. I think I'd be good at truck driving. It's only me, no kids, spouse or furbabies. Wishing all of you ladies a good evening. Take care and be safe out there.thank-you-2.gif

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi and welcome!

the work history wil make it difficult but not impossible. get notarized statements from friends and family as to.what you were doing, schooling...taking care of elderly parents etc.

the DMV will go back 3 years.

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