Trucking Companies Experience List?

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Kevin's Comment
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Wondering if there’s a list somewhere of how much experience places need/want ect? Looked but haven’t really seen one. If not I think could be a cool thing to start?

Old School's Comment
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Hey Kevin, you've told us you have been working as a yard hostler. Now it seems you are interested in a driving job. How's your job search going? What did you do after getting your CDL? Did you go straight to the yard dog job?

I find it interesting you want to know about experience requirements. Are you having trouble finding companies willing to hire you? It seems to me that you are going to have to start as an inexperienced driver. Nobody is going to take your yard driving as experience.

You are going to find the mega carriers are the best place for someone to start their trucking career. They are self insured and are able to hire inexperienced drivers because of that. Don't get yourself all tangled up over that "starter company" nonsense. None of it is true. The mega carriers are great places to work, and all of them have a strong core group of professional drivers who have been there for years. They have long lists of million miler status drivers who are still happily employed there.

When it comes to experience, you are going to have companies who hire new drivers, and others who insist on one year of experience. Occasionally you will come across companies that want several years experience, but for the most part, one year will open up a lot of doors for you. Your problem is going to be that you are considered an inexperienced driver with a stale CDL.

Is there something we can help you with in your search?

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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What exactly is your experience level? Many times companies make exceptions to their requirements if they need drivers so I'm not sure a list would be very helpful.

Kevin's Comment
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Yes I’m currently running hostler. Figured I paid $5500 for my license I may as well use it. It’s nothing against the mega carriers, it’s finding the right one for me. All of this is a drop in pay, so I’m trying to find the best opportunity I can that can keep me paying my bills ya know? I know first year going to be rough but willing to make it work. I also don’t want to start with a company and leave in a year. It’s just how I work. Im a loyalist and if I can get lucky and find that long term job id be happy. Maybe I’m just over thinking it? I also just wanted to see if there was anyone I was missing on being able to get ahold of to try to apply.

Hey Kevin, you've told us you have been working as a yard hostler. Now it seems you are interested in a driving job. How's your job search going? What did you do after getting your CDL? Did you go straight to the yard dog job?

I find it interesting you want to know about experience requirements. Are you having trouble finding companies willing to hire you? It seems to me that you are going to have to start as an inexperienced driver. Nobody is going to take your yard driving as experience.

You are going to find the mega carriers are the best place for someone to start their trucking career. They are self insured and are able to hire inexperienced drivers because of that. Don't get yourself all tangled up over that "starter company" nonsense. None of it is true. The mega carriers are great places to work, and all of them have a strong core group of professional drivers who have been there for years. They have long lists of million miler status drivers who are still happily employed there.

When it comes to experience, you are going to have companies who hire new drivers, and others who insist on one year of experience. Occasionally you will come across companies that want several years experience, but for the most part, one year will open up a lot of doors for you. Your problem is going to be that you are considered an inexperienced driver with a stale CDL.

Is there something we can help you with in your search?

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.
Old School's Comment
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All of this is a drop in pay, so I’m trying to find the best opportunity I can that can keep me paying my bills ya know?

How do you know it is a drop in pay?

We had one of our rookie drivers in here the other day who made almost seventy thousand dollars their first year.

This trucking pay is based on your levels of productivity. I've got some guys on my fleet who make half of what I make. That is on them. We are working at the same rate of pay.

Davy A.'s Comment
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All of this is a drop in pay, so I’m trying to find the best opportunity I can that can keep me paying my bills ya know?

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How do you know it is a drop in pay?

We had one of our rookie drivers in here the other day who made almost seventy thousand dollars their first year.

This trucking pay is based on your levels of productivity. I've got some guys on my fleet who make half of what I make. That is on them. We are working at the same rate of pay.

Exactly the question I was going to ask. I've been pulling home 1300/week since going Solo and that's at our starting pay rate. Although it does contain a 1500 dollar transition bonus spread out over checks. I'm able to track my projected production and safety bonus online, so far it will likely be over 500.00. also getting paid detention pay and breakdown not included in that yet.

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