My Job Search Has Started

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Chris L's Comment
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My job search has started I want to drive Flatbed OTR So I have started to focus on companies that will hire recent CDL grads. I filled out the quick application here on TT and I have gotten a couple of responses already. Also the placement director at NTTS had us (my classmates) fill out a generic application which he transcribed to Ten Street and I have personally applied to Swift, Werner, Prime, and Roehl. I also applied to TMC prior to starting at NTTS but I was told I was out of their hiring area ( I live 30 miles north of Watertown). I'm specifically looking at companies that participate in the Veterans Apprenticeship program. So hopefully by next week I'll have a couple of solid prospects.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Good luck. Those are all great companies. Good luck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Awesome, good luck with the search. I'm sure you'll have good results. I can't speak for the other companies, but the flatbed division at Prime is robust. I don't think your hiring area will be a problem. I live over on the east side of NY north of Albany, and they jumped at the chance to hire me. We have many customers in Binghamton, Syracuse, Smyrna, etc., all fairly close to you. Lots of lumber loads for when you come off of home time.

They do have a program for ex military, but I don't know the specifics on that. Good luck!

Rainy 's Comment
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Turtle said:

They do have a program for ex military, but I don't know the specifics on that. Good luck!

I think its a 9 month contract rather than a 12 month.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Good luck. Thank you for serving our country, much appreciated.

Coffee's Comment
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Chris I’m also looking at companies with a military apprenticeship option. TMC also wouldn’t hire due to me being located in Northern Minnesota. Currently Melton Truck Lines is at the top of my list.

Although not flatbed, I’m also considering Werner as well. They seem to have a lot of different accounts as well as Canada.

Good luck with your search.

PackRat's Comment
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I know Roehl is involved with the Military Appreticeship program.

Chris L's Comment
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Chris I’m also looking at companies with a military apprenticeship option. TMC also wouldn’t hire due to me being located in Northern Minnesota. Currently Melton Truck Lines is at the top of my list.

Although not flatbed, I’m also considering Werner as well. They seem to have a lot of different accounts as well as Canada.

Good luck with your search.

I got an email from Melton as well I plan to follow up with them on Monday.

Coffee's Comment
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You’ll have to call Roehl and check to see what zip codes they are hiring from. They’re not currently hiring from all 48, but they do run flatbed and have military apprenticeship program.

Rainy 's Comment
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What does a "military apprenticeship" entail? Most companies are going to give vets some sort of benefits. Prime has a 9 month contract instwad of 1 year for vets.

But Coffe, you said you are using the GI BIll right? so what are the companoea offering to vets?

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