Want To Start A New Career, Unemployed For Almost 3 Yrs. Anyway To Get Around That?

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James V.'s Comment
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I literally just got my CDL A Permit today 2/28/21. I thought I had a foot in the door. When the Driver Recruiter turned in my application to his manager she did not accept it because of my 3yr work history. I am not sure if I will get the job or not because of this. I have not worked do to going to college to start a new career after 15yr 10m of being in the Military. Just to find out that no one is hiring right now mainly because of the wonderful Covid-19. I turned in proof of going to college, would this be good enough for the unemployment? Or do I need something else? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I NEED A GOOD PAYING JOB.


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.
KH's Comment
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Hi James, I don't have any special knowledge of the hiring process, but I think there's two reasons the need your job history. One is the same reason any other employer would ask, the other is that for drivers they are required to verify what you've been doing, for the past 3 years if you've never had a driving job before, otherwise for the past 10 years. I would think in either case that proof that you were is school would be good enough, so I wouldn't worry too much. As for jobs, the large companies always seem to be hiring, but you would need to go "other the road", that is, stay out for some period of time, living in the truck. Also, I'm not an expert on the economy or anything, but I suspect when people get vaccinated and the COVID thing gets under control, there may be an increase in hiring.

In any case, don't worry. If one company isn't interested, another one will be. Apply to as many places as you can find.

KH's Comment
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Ha ha, that should have been "over the road", not "other the road".

Over The Road:

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.

James V.'s Comment
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Morning KH. Thanks for advice. Stay safe out there. I am going to do just that apply to a lot of companies. Thanks James

Errol V.'s Comment
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James, Being unemployed but doing something Important is what recruiters are looking for. Being unemployed and living in Margaritaville is different and could get your app into the round file.

You have the right idea about showing that you where doing something constructive. Going to school by itself is important, not that you studied French History or Microbiology. And almost 16 years as a Lifer/veteran automatically gets you a leg up. As long as you have documents like you're school transcript, you should be good to go.


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