Umm Life Story, And A Few Questions About Potential Employers

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Jay B.'s Comment
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Thanks, I have :)

Jay...

My suggestion is to apply to numerous companies offering Paid CDL Training Programs and then do the research on health insurance plans of the top 3 or 4 inviting you to their orientation. Otherwise you may be spinning your wheels (pun intended). Please realize, hiring policies and strategies with the big carriers change frequently, without notice, based on many, many elements outside of our control or knowledge. It's in a constant state of flux.

Throw out the net and see what you catch by using this link: Apply For Paid CDL Training

...then reach out to a recruiter and request the "current" health plan highlights. Once you show an interest in a carrier by applying, if they are interested, then and only then will you get quality attention.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Sorry, somewhere in your post I must not have seen that written. What companies have invited you to their orientation?

Jay B.'s Comment
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Sorry, yeah I didn't say exactly. I'm talking to recruiters from Roehl, prime, crst, knight(they actually still send me a birthday card every year since I applied the first time 4 or 5 years ago), Wilson logistics, that's about it. I keep getting emailed by referrers at barren and Western express but they don't have cdl schools. I didn't apply at Swift because of bad things I've heard especially from a good friend that went through it a year or so ago but this sight has changed my mind on that, i'm looking more serious at knight and swift now. I'm looking a few months out still.

I guess I never really finished my story...

Sorry, somewhere in your post I must not have seen that written. What companies have invited you to their orientation?

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.
PackRat's Comment
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"Bad things you heard about Swift"?

G-Town has had such a terrible time there, he keeps going to work most every day for the past 6 years!

Do not believe everything you read (unless you read it here on TT).

Jay B.'s Comment
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No edit button? I meant "recruiters at Marten", auto correct got me heh

Anyways. Before I was always looking at trucking as a good paying job to fall back on. Now I'm making good money at the mine but still longing for that open road. I'm on pace to make about 65k this year. About 48k base, all the rest was OT. So I'm used to putting in hours. I'm also used to driving 12 HR shifts and rotating shifts, we work half day shift 7am-7pm, half night shift 7pm-7am. Really confusing schedule, but I actually like it lol. So I'm coming at it from a different angle this time in I've got a taste for driving and want to do it more. I've always enjoyed loading trailers, towing trailers, backing trailers, etc. It's always been a dream and I will have to make sacrifices to do it so I have a lot to figure out, thanks for the help.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jay B.'s Comment
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I know lol. My buddy was first hand experience but the more I talk to him the more I realize he was probably the problem. I don't think I would have a problem anywhere, I'm a hard worker that just wants to get the job done. Pretty good problem solver on the fly, heck that's basically how I got into IT work at the University. I learned troubleshooting by working on my own computer and then used those sills at work to excel and get transferred heh. But cubicle work is so boring. Looking out the window at the mine is much better, plus some skill having under shovels and into crushers adds a little pizzazz lol. There are people out there that can't stand the trucks, 6mph uphill just kills them. They can't wait to go to other equipment or another job. I've been at it over a year and a half and absolutely love it. I'm happy to go to work everyday and 12.25 hrs flies by faster than 8hrs in a cubicle ever did!

"Bad things you heard about Swift"?

G-Town has had such a terrible time there, he keeps going to work most every day for the past 6 years!

Do not believe everything you read (unless you read it here on TT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wild-Bill's Comment
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If you ask your recruiter for for the benefits costs, they will email it to you right away, like before you even hang up the phone. Here is the cost info for Roehl. There are discounts for wellness program, years of service and a few other things. Get the packet and It'll give you all of the details and deductibles.

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G-Town's Comment
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PackRat writes about bad things heard...

"Bad things you heard about Swift"?

G-Town has had such a terrible time there, he keeps going to work most every day for the past 6 years!

Do not believe everything you read (unless you read it here on TT).

Jay B...I can assure you, Swift is a great place to work for anyone who strives for safety and excellence in everything they do. Let your friend know "that"...let him know that his opinion is the exception, and the thousands of happy, successful Swift drivers have not time or inclination to complain.

Although I did not have the benefit of this forum before I went to the Swift Academy in Richmond VA, I still would have made the exact same decision. No regrets. I'd encourage you to dig a little deeper, and look beyond the opinion of one former driver who failed to succeed at Swift.

Happy to answer any questions or share additional details of my Swift experience.

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