Getting A Trucking Job During A Recession

Topic 27826 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Ross 's Comment
member avatar

Hi TruckingTruth!

I was curious about the impact on the trucking industry and its hiring rates during a recession. I’m creating a back up plan in case I lose my job. I am young and I am thankfully able to work so I want to provide for my family.

I assume that everything slows down and there are fewer loads and miles, but does it have a significant impact on hiring rates?

I hope you all are safe on the road! Thanks to anyone who contributes to my topic!

Ross

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Without getting into specifics, I'll assure you that hiring for the trucking industry is pretty much recession proof. The problem with wanting to jump into trucking when your other job fades is that this is not a "normal" job. It is a lifestyle change that requires a great deal of Commitment. You can't just think of it as a backup plan. You really need to want to be a trucker if you plan on succeeding at this.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

When did a recession start? I must have missed that.

Bird-one's Comment
member avatar

I think its a fair question to be asked Packrat from a outsider looking in. You don't? Thats just an honest question. I'm mean if things keep up the way they currently are, how could we not be heading into one? If these businesses, and stores are forced to remain closed, and when eventually this hoarding of food will die done. Nothing will be recession proof as long as these circumstances go on. In my opinion.

When did a recession start? I must have missed that.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
member avatar

The more people say we are, the liklier it is. In my non professional opinion, the economy is mostly just peoples FEELS

Bird-one's Comment
member avatar

And I know where you are eventually going to get at Old School. That a dispatcher will always find miles for a top tier driver and I can respect. But given the current situation I don't see this ending in a few weeks. Were going to be in this for a long time. Its just being rumored that Chicago will now be ordered to shelter in place Friday at 4 pm. Only gonna get worse.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rob. D.'s Comment
member avatar

And I know where you are eventually going to get at Old School. That a dispatcher will always find miles for a top tier driver and I can respect. But given the current situation I don't see this ending in a few weeks. Were going to be in this for a long time. Its just being rumored that Chicago will now be ordered to shelter in place Friday at 4 pm. Only gonna get worse.

The OP mentioned getting a job in a recession. We will have to wait and see what happens after this two week period of mandated economic shut down. I was accepted to Prime but they postponed my orientation start date for two weeks. The DMVs are shut down in Missouri so even if I did train enough to take my test, the DMV is not testing. Bullitt VW said that the Pennsylvania DMVs are shut down. He can't get a CLP. I have never experienced anything like this in my lifetime. After 9/11 they halted air travel, but I was able to go to work. Air travel continues, but my son flew from Chicago to Denver. There were fewer than 5 people on the plane.

While I have my opinions as to whether this shutdown is wise, it will depend upon whether this continues after the 15 day period proposed by Trump. I agree with Brett that to continue to keep the economic functions of our world shut down is insane. The economic fallout of this shutdown for an extended period would, IMO, be far worse than the absolute worse case scenario of the Corona virus spreading as wide as the flu.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but people die from all sorts of disease every year. That's the reality of humanity since the dawn of time. However, another reality is our interdependent capitalist economy. People need to work to contribute to the economy and survive. You can't prevent that necessary function of our world forever.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Ross 's Comment
member avatar

Thank you for all the replies. I didn’t mean to sound negative by calling this a recession. A lot of jobs and money were lost in the past two weeks, I am simply trying to prepare for the uncertainty. The company I work for lost 65% of its value on the stock market, my spouse is in the hospitality industry and has no income at the moment. I am not the type that will wait for the government to save me, if I am able to work and contribute, well that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I understand the commitment that’s required for trucking, as much as one can understand without actually doing it. The only reason why I went a different route was family time, and available alternatives in the recently strong economy. I am aware that in order to thrive during emergencies sacrifices must be made. I am ready to sacrifice family time in order go to sleep every night knowing that I’m doing what I can to put a roof over my head and food on the table.

I have respect for every trucker on the road and all the sacrifices made to keep America going, and I sincerely hope you will roll through these times safe and sound!

Ross

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More