Trying To Get My Career Started In Trucking.

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Darren C.'s Comment
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Well I applied at TMC and was not accepted. I was really praying for TMC due to the nature of there training program and no cost commitment for training, training pay and advertised at home time.I kind of expected this as I had no CDL license or permit, am currently unemployed and honestly 2020 has NOT been my year so far. I am however looking to change that all! Today (thanks to the study guide and practice questions on this site) I was able to obtain my Class A learners permit for South Carolina. This week I also was approved for my TWIC card and applied for a passport. Now I just have to figure out how to get someone to be interested in me enough to give me a shot. I really am hoping to find a company sponsored program and a company that doesn't mind getting me home every 2 weeks for the weekend. Any advice on what I should do as my next step? Looking at some of the reviews here on TT Millis Transfer looks like another good option but honestly I don't know what my next steps should be. Should I fill out the form on TT to be contacted by recruiters? Fill out individual apps for the companies that interest me? Any advice or guidance on how to proceed would be awesome. Thanks, Darren

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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If you fill out the form on this link you will have recruiters contact you within hours. Why wait?

Application page

Apply to as many as you can. you can narrow down the choices from there

Jay F.'s Comment
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Do you know why you were denied by tmc?

PJ's Comment
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Welcome Darrin, use the link above and apply. It sends your app out to alot of companies and will safe you a lot of time.

If I may ask, why were you denied by TMC. That may give us more info to help you with, up to you if you wish to share.

TMC is flatbed, is that what type freight you want to pull, or were you just looking at hometime.

McElroy is over in Al and a good company also for flatbed. You don’t have to live close to them, just live in their hiring area.

Roehl is another good company with alot of freight in your area.

Just options

Darren C.'s Comment
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I am not sure why I was denied by TMC. When I called on the phone the lady that was checking my application status was extremely unfriendly, almost to the point of rude and basically hung up on me after she told me they were going with other candidates. My reason for looking at TMC first was there advertised home time, pay, newer trucks and training procedures. I watched a bunch of videos and reviews and it all seemed like a good system. Really all I need is to be home a few days every 2 weeks. My wife is completely on board with this choice and I want to make decent money. All I can find for normal wor in my area pays about 25K a year. Im thinking I can make more than that even as a rookie driver. My other need is not laying out 5k to get a CDL. I want to utilize one of the companies that will help me get and pay for the CDL license so I dont have to lay out the cash or take a loan.

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.
Brandon Kitts's Comment
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At Roehl if you want you can be home 3 days every 14 you are out in a national fleet. We have regional and dedicated fleets that are home every weekend for their reset.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

PJ's Comment
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I would recommend Roehl to fit your needs. I am a little biased. I started my trucking career there. I know their training is top notch. Others are as well, but like I said I’m biased

Greg M.'s Comment
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You mentioned Millis and in my opinion you can't go wrong with them. They were my first pick when I decided to go for company training. I filled out their app online and within an hour I had a start date confirmed.

If you are in SC their schools in Eden,NC and Cartersville, GA would be the closest.

You pay $500 out of pocket to enroll. $100 to hold spot then $400 first day of class. They will put you up in a hotel for the 3 weeks of school. After you are an employee you repay the hotel and aprox $2500 for the school via payroll deduction. There is also a $2500 fee they will charge if you leave before 1 year.

Great think about them is the training pay is very good. While you are in training you get paid the regular .43 per mile for every mile the truck drives, even when the trainer is driving.

I am no longer with them but I believe there are some current Millis drivers active on the site if you have questions.

Good luck.

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