Only Have 7 Months Of Recent Job History, Was Homeless

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Amanda F.'s Comment
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I have only been working again, since October 2018. I am a licensed cosmetologist and have been working as a hairstylist. Before that, I had been working as a hairstylist but not earning enough to pay bills on my own. I was living with a boyfriend. He started cheating on me and kicked me out and I went to a homeless shelter until I got my car back and went back to work in October. Do I have a reasonable chance getting accepted into Wil Trans CDL School?

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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I would cast a broader net. Since Wilson logistics (Wil Trans / JP) haul Prime’s freight, apply to Prime as well.

Why not apply to as many company that have a company sponsored program as you can. Find out what offers you get, then choose from there.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

That link will grab a few of them.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rick S.'s Comment
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APPLY EVERYWHERE!

Your work history might be a challenge. What were you doing prior to 10/19 that you can DOCUMENT? Letters from family, etc.

How is your LICENSE HISTORY (citations, accidents, suspensions, DUI's)?

As LDRSHIP suggests - apply everywhere you can.

Rick

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rob T.'s Comment
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Unfortunately prime, will trans and Jim palmer tend to be more strict on job history so you may have trouble initially getting in with them. Dont be discouraged there are a ton of other options if they arent willing to take you on.

We have a member here MillionMiler that was homeless living in a wooded area in Florida and overcame the challenges and has become a successful driver and trainer for CRST, so it can be done. At a minimum you'll need to explain what you were doing during that time you weren't working. We have members here that have been successful at many different companies so dont be afraid to ask for any information about specific companies. Please keep us updated on how things progress.good-luck.gif

Amanda F.'s Comment
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I was living at a homeless shelter without a car. I can document it.

I have a clean mvr.

APPLY EVERYWHERE!

Your work history might be a challenge. What were you doing prior to 10/19 that you can DOCUMENT? Letters from family, etc.

How is your LICENSE HISTORY (citations, accidents, suspensions, DUI's)?

As LDRSHIP suggests - apply everywhere you can.

Rick

APPLY EVERYWHERE!

Your work history might be a challenge. What were you doing prior to 10/19 that you can DOCUMENT? Letters from family, etc.

How is your LICENSE HISTORY (citations, accidents, suspensions, DUI's)?

As LDRSHIP suggests - apply everywhere you can.

Rick

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rick S.'s Comment
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Amanda,

Most companies (by LAW) are looking for 3 years of previous work history. The bigger ones have a huge pool of applicants to choose from, so lack of some of the basic requirements are going to pose an issue.

Doesn't mean you don't apply to EVERY ONE, just don't be surprised if lack of documentable history doesn't get you past the initial application. And DON'T STOP APPLYING...

Rick

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Amanda, if your mvr and cch are clean, and you've not been using federally banned substances, you've got three early screens cleared.

Apply everywhere that you can, and these links will give you a good start:

Paid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

Be honest, don't sugar coat reality, and persist. There is likely some outfit that you will connext with that feels right, and feels good about you. This career is not for the faint of heart, but it sounds like you have the moxey to pull yourself up, reorient and revitalize. Go for it!!! Good luck to you, and keep us posted.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Matthew W.'s Comment
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I would just add that it might help in your situation to call recruiters of potential cal companies you are interested and explain your situation to them first and then apply. This might help you get your foot in the door where you might have been initially discarded do to your homeless period. Also if you where still working during your homeless shelter period you might be good. I know Wil trans looks at your job history, but within reason. So if you're set on coming to work here call first and then submit the application afterwards. Also as the others said, do some more research and have backup plans lined up. Dont put all your eggs in one basket as the saying goes.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Snoopy's Comment
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You can apply at CFI. They have hired people that were in your situation and helped them get back on their feet and it is a great success story if you work hard and be honest upfront about everything. But as others have said apply to everyone that you think can fit your needs the most. Being persistent can pay off in the end. Good luck to you.

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