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Tj M.'s Comment
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Hi all. I was filling out the Application here on trucking truth because it says you do not need a CDL or experience to fill out an application, so I thought I would see about it. I am still considering going for CDL-A training but haven't made an actual decision yet and thought maybe this might help me decide a little better if maybe I were to get a Pre-Hire letter or something. Ok, so what I want to know is, since I am not actually in a training course yet, nor do I have a Class A CDL, should I put student driver where it says driver type, even though technically, I am not yet a student? Also, it asks about type of freight you would consider. For a beginner, I would prefer dry van , so should I only pick that one? In other words, I don't want to be choose several and then have them just tell me "well, we see you also marked HazMat so that is what we want you for and you MUST take that one". Would I still be likely to have a say in it if I pick more than one? Anyone else used the application process on Trucking Truth and have any insight into what happens next, especially for those who haven't even started into training yet? Thanks in advance for any and all comments/advice etc.....

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Put student driver.

And put dry van. If you don't have your hazmat then don't put hazmat. So just put dryvan. You could also mark reefer as well to broaden your horizon and expand your choice of companies.

If you don't want to haul hazmat then don't haul hazmat. They can't force you to haul hazmat if you dont have the endorsement and if you don't want to.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey TJ. Daniel is right. Mark yourself as "student driver" and only choose the types of freight you would like to haul. Obviously the more you choose the more likely your application will pass the requirements of different companies. But there are plenty of jobs out there so you don't have to pull a certain type of freight if you don't want to.

After you apply it will show you the results of your application. Some companies will accept your application, some require experience. Once you know which companies will be sent your application you'll want to start calling them in a day or two. Make sure they're processing your application and stay on them until you get an answer. Hopefully you'll get a few pre-hires out of it.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anchorman's Comment
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Make sure they're processing your application and stay on them until you get an answer.

This is the most important part of the application process! I see so many people comment about still waiting to here from "company". What are they waiting for??? Don't be afraid to call and check on the status of your application. It may even getyou moved to the top of the list. I called every single company I sent an app to. Keep us updated on how it goes. Maybe others will also want to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs with only one application. That's right, you do not need a CDL or experience to fill out an application either!

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.
Tj M.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your responses, very much appreciated. It's awesome how genuinely helpful everyone is here thank-you-2.gif

Jim M.'s Comment
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Interesting. And I by no means feel discouraged by my remark, but with regard to filling out any and all applications even without a CDL-A license, I'm not sure. Yesterday, or maybe Monday afternoon I applied for "all" through the "Apply for Truck Driving Jobs" portal and I did receive an email response, a report if you will. Of the eleven that I applied to only 2 companies indicated they would be willing to hire based on my application information. The other nine said "disqualified". There were a slew of reasons for possible disqualification, but I will tell you that of all the possibilities, the only thing that I am guilty of is not having my CDL.

Food for thought. I do not plan to abandon my hopes nor am I intending to be negative, I will not give up trying to obtain the "positive" reports.

Thanks, Murph

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yesterday, or maybe Monday afternoon I applied for "all" through the "Apply for Truck Driving Jobs" portal and I did receive an email response, a report if you will. Of the eleven that I applied to only 2 companies indicated they would be willing to hire based on my application information

Of the 70 jobs that showed up for your search you chose to apply to only 11 of them so obviously that reduced the number of approved applications that went through. We also are working on getting more companies setup that accept student drivers without a CDL or any driving experience. That's coming soon.

the only thing that I am guilty of is not having my CDL.

The other thing you did was put "Company Driver" under "Driver Type" instead of "Student". If you don't have a CDL you're considered a student driver. So a few of the companies didn't accept your application. Trans Am, Shaffer, and JB Hunt all would have accepted your application as a student driver. Unfortunately the current system doesn't allow me to re-submit jobs that soon even if you made the change. So you'll have to apply at their websites directly I'm afraid.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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