Job Search And Training NOT GOING STALE Update!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Not looking to start an argument and I really do appreciate all the input I got on my "training going stale" question.

In the last few days I have submitted about a half dozen formal apps (from TenStreet / Driver Pulse (which I had already set up prior to learning of Trucking Truth submission system)).

I was offered a few "opportunities" which were not ideal (or even close). When it came to training expiration, I was told this by one carrier: "It used to be like that (goes stale) but not anymore." "Any major carrier will take your training for 5 years." Schneider's online app asks about training in the last 3 years. Just relaying what I have been told in the last couple of days.

I left a voice a message for my Schneider contact Tuesday and got a call today. (I met Nicole at the first job fair I attended early in my class schedule and gave her an initial resume. At the job fair held near the end of class she sought me out, called me by name, and I gave her my more current resume). She does not think they will have an issues with my situation.

As I recall it, she said my training would be a few days of classroom / orientation stuff, simulators, driving on their lot and local area driving. Then actually delivering local loads with a Training Engineer (who will have a minimum of 9 months experience and must meet other requirements). Total training would be approx. 3 weeks. 8 hours or so to "test out" to upgrade and then solo OTR!

I just submitted their online app (end is all Ten Street forms but app has to be done from their site). Classes start every week.

Schneider was always my "second choice" once Averitt refused to respond to several attempts.

Feeling a bit better about things today! The saying "Never burn any bridges" comes to mind...

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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.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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West side has never gone with the training is "stale" thing. They also accept local experience, that some other companies wouldn't count. I guess other companies are realizing they've missed out on some good potential drivers. That's nice to hear, if true, because every now and then, life just gets in the way.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, that's really good news! Nicole was my recruiter also and everything she told me was accurate. And I guess you will be living near the Schneider drop yard in Sturtevant, so that will be convenient Schneider is a great company to train with and drive for.

PackRat's Comment
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That’s great news, Marc. Hope it all works out and you can drive a pumpkin truck.good-luck.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Just relaying what I have been told in the last couple of days

Just keep in mind that what you are told, what you get in writing, and what actually happens can be three different things. Hopefully things will go smoothly for you, but looking back on all of this how much of your career has actually gone smoothly or gone according to plan?

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All you can really do is just keep rolling with it....keep moving forward, keep accomplishing one step at a time. A career in trucking really is a never ending cycle of making plans, assessing the reality you're presented with, then adjusting your plans. lt's very dynamic and unpredictable.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Just relaying what I have been told in the last couple of days

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Just keep in mind that what you are told, what you get in writing, and what actually happens can be three different things. Hopefully things will go smoothly for you, but looking back on all of this how much of your career has actually gone smoothly or gone according to plan?

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All you can really do is just keep rolling with it....keep moving forward, keep accomplishing one step at a time. A career in trucking really is a never ending cycle of making plans, assessing the reality you're presented with, then adjusting your plans. lt's very dynamic and unpredictable.

ABSO FREAKIN LUTELY!

Funny thing though is the older I get the easier this is becoming. Having had to work a daily program of surrendering to my addiction certainly helps. I HATE moving, job changes and the search for new housing and employment. Not quite at embracing it but certainly "going with the flow"!

Rented a truck for a day. Needed it for 2. Showed up with it, 4 helpers and 2 pickups and the one sibling (of the 4 involved with the property) freaks out, stops the unloading process, threatens making me reload... think "homeless living in an overdue rented truck"! My contact shows up, helps unload (Sister hired crew, Sister and cousins cleaned up old place, brought and unloaded rest of stuff). I go to fuel truck near rental place (1:30AM)... wrong side for tank, truck won't start to move. Walk 3/4 mile to my vehicle, leave rented truck at KwikTrip pump with note and key in drop box!

Get cleared to work, new Fed. Med. No JBH! (I now live 20 min. from Amazon). May need to start all over again!

Maybe not! Schneider may work. Drop yard about 25 min. from new home...

Hey! So maybe 4M people ARE doing this. That leaves what? Like a Billion who aren't?

Still pretty good odds!

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Take care every one!

Today I am a handy man!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, one advantage of going with Schneider is that there are a number of Schneider drivers here who are current or recently current. We can help you with info about the Schneider system. And if you train at the Green Bay OC, I have friends up there in training who are very good at their jobs. It's a tough program, but very effective and not too long.

G-Town's Comment
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Bruce...

Marc, one advantage of going with Schneider is that there are a number of Schneider drivers here who are current or recently current. We can help you with info about the Schneider system. And if you train at the Green Bay OC, I have friends up there in training who are very good at their jobs. It's a tough program, but very effective and not too long.

In addition to Schneider, many of the carriers willing to take-on entry level drivers are well represented on this forum. Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

Prime West Side CRST Knight Swift TMC HO Wolding

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc, one advantage of going with Schneider is that there are a number of Schneider drivers here who are current or recently current. We can help you with info about the Schneider system. And if you train at the Green Bay OC, I have friends up there in training who are very good at their jobs. It's a tough program, but very effective and not too long.

Cool, thanks. Not completely lost on me.

Clearly that was not the case with JBH!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Bruce...

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Marc, one advantage of going with Schneider is that there are a number of Schneider drivers here who are current or recently current. We can help you with info about the Schneider system. And if you train at the Green Bay OC, I have friends up there in training who are very good at their jobs. It's a tough program, but very effective and not too long.

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In addition to Schneider, many of the carriers willing to take-on entry level drivers are well represented on this forum. Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

Prime West Side CRST Knight Swift TMC HO Wolding

etc.

Thanks G-Town!

Marc,

On behalf of Schneider, I would like to extend you a conditional job offer with our company. The offer is pending until we verify your criminal record, motor vehicle record and employment history along with the availability of openings for this position. You will also need to successfully pass a pre-work screen, DOT physical, pre-employment hair test, and/or DOT pre-employment urine drug screen depending on the position in which you will be hired.

Schneider Driver Recruiting

(This is for OTR: 37 Eastern States)

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Motor Vehicle Record:

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.

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