I Was Laid Off A Week Ago From The New Job

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Moe's Comment
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Title says it all, I am back to square 1 in looking for a new gig. I am recovering well from surgery on my feet and back on my feet , about a week ago I had a nasty fall in the bathroom and got a hairline fracture on my right index finger. that is healing well too. I was 1 of 5 laid off from the loading docks. Soon as my finger heals I am getting back at looking for a new gig. I have to say with all of the challenges I faced in just getting my CDL and now two gigs going belly up (first one though was my fault with a preventable), I have started to seriously wonder if trucking is for me or if this is the universe's way of telling me to give it up, it seems no matter what I do lately to try and improve my situation, learn more or be a better team player it all goes belly up. I have been wondering lately if trucking just doesn't want me. ( I am going to leave that last sentence there, though I did laugh out loud a bit after re-reading what I wrote due to the sheer nonsense of it).

I have seriously been looking at other jobs in the field I came from- contact center, banking etc. I don't even qualify for unemployment due to the fact that I had the job for a short time, so I literally have two months rent (including Uncle Biden's stimulus) and that is it. I guess the hard lesson to be learned from my situation in all of this for those reading this who do not know me and what I went through - Find a starter company (IE SWIFT, SCHNEIDER etc) and train with them and stick with them, its better job security

What kills me is all the TIME I have wasted (which equates to lost revenue and savings) had I just listened the first time and done what some of yall told me to do. Maybe it would have been different, maybe not- who can say.

I don't want to make this post anymore negative than it already is, suffice to say I wanted to update yall on my life happenstances. I could really use some sort of encouragement today - that is really all I am asking for and seeking I guess (dont we all need that?)

Thanks and I will keep yall updated as things progress.

Moe

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JakeBreak's Comment
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It's not too late to try to get on with one of the mega carriers. You had a preventable and then got laid off from the second one. They might make you go out for some extra training but you can still make a go of it.

Old School's Comment
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I agree with Jakebreak, but I would add that you need to get right on this. Don't hesitate.

Find a well known trucking company that will hire new inexperienced drivers. Some of them are going to say no. You set yourself up for that, but not all of them will reject you. Get on at one and stay safe. Commit to one full year. That right there will change your whole situation. That one year is going to be full of challenges. It is also going to seal your fate - it will make or break you. Get in there and make it happen.

I do not agree that trucking doesn't want you. The problem is not that trucking doesn't want you. There are certain practices that will help you get this career underway. You already know that. We have hammered away at those things forever. You have heard them, but you just haven't practiced them yet. Get yourself on the right path and stick it out. That's how you reach your goal. Go for it Moe, but go for it by making all the right moves.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Quit messing around and get with an OTR company that offers training. All you've been doing is treading water. Jump in the pool and start swimming.

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Western Express, CFI, few others come to mind. Id hop on it quickly though.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm happy to see you bouncing back in here, Moe.

Seems like you've gotten awesome advice, in all the replies above.

Do you still have the Trucking Truth links to apply ?!?

You could always start here, again! (If you already have . . . or start anew!)

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Best wishes always, man!!!

~ Anne ~

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would try applying at all OTR companies and see what they say, before it is too late.

If you are still interested in working on a dock pretty much all the LTL companies are hiring dock workers.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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