Does Anyone On Forum Work For Major Carrier?

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Marcin M.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

I attended 304hrs driving school and obtain my CDL A in January. It took me a while to actually got physical license, put Hazmat endorsement and got TWIC card. I even got a job from ODFL as a long haul night time driver but never started it. I had to put my driving career on hold due to personal reason, life circumstances, I had to take care of my mother. Everything is fine right now and I am trying to go back on track. I would like to start OTR , I can go far and be there for weeks but I live in NYC and many recommended companies dont hire in my area. I did my research and so far I have

Schneider (Dedicated National Fleet) - still not sure if it could be considered OTR

Werner (they offered me Dollar account in the past :/)

SWIFT (is their reputation really that bad?)

Are there any other companies who can hire rookies for OTR position based on his NY zipcode (11206)?

At the beginning I would love to stay away from NE region (specially from NYC). Also I am looking for a chance to move out of NYC and at some point to live in warmer place.

Any suggestions, advice?

Thank you!

Stay safe!

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

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Have you called CFI? I'm not sure of there current hiring areas.

Turtle's Comment
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Put your application in to all of the major carriers, and see who bites. Then you can choose from those that are interested in you.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Use the handy-dandy form linked below:

One & Done App

Marcin M.'s Comment
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Thank you, Big Scott. I just contacted CFI. I would have to go back to school in Missouri for 3 weeks, then go thru 3wks company training, sign 12 months contract $0.38 per mile with no guaranteed weekly minimum. Looks like my license is not worth much after such a long time without driving. Still hoping to find other option.

Old School's Comment
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Marcin, it sounds as if you think your zip code is hindering you. I don't think your zip code is an issue. There are a lot of truck drivers from NYC. I think you have bigger problems.

I attended 304hrs driving school and obtain my CDL A in January. It took me a while to actually got physical license, put Hazmat endorsement and got TWIC card. I even got a job from ODFL as a long haul night time driver but never started it.

Your CDL has grown stale. We are now well into August. It is tough for the major carriers to hire folks with a stale license. I know that life happens, but that doesn't help companies feel comfortable about hiring you. They prefer someone fresh from the training experience. Those folks are focused and generally better prepared to continue the learning curve. It's a reality to this career that bites some of us.

The advice already given is good. Apply everywhere and see who bites. Use that link that IDMtnGal gave you. It will give your application a good look from potential employers. They prefer people who come to them through that link.

I'm sorry your entry to the career got delayed. Life happens - I get it. Just realize delays like that are costly. As to your question in the heading of your post...

Does anyone on forum work for major carrier?

Probably most of us do. I work for Knight. We've got drivers with Swift, Werner, Schneider, C. R. England, Marten, Prime, Wilson, Maverick, TMC, Melton, and a host of others that I can't recall right now. Don't believe any of the foolishness you read online about these carriers. when you are online just remember ignorance is willing to reveal itself freely, but truth is generally subtle. Trends don't really mean anything valuable. Popularity of thoughts and opinions don't mark them as correct or accurate. A room full of fools is still useless. You wouldn't go in there to get advice on making an important decision.

Do like the others have suggested and throw your name out there. Hopefully you haven't waited too long. I would get right on top of this now. It is important that you do.

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

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Sorry, I missed your response about CFI. It shows my instinct is correct. You may have to go through a training program again, and CFI may be your best bet. Many of the training companies don't want to put a licensed driver through their programs. You can just keep applying and see. I would say you should expect to go through more training. Maybe, just maybe, someone would put you through a refresher course - I honestly don't know. You have got yourself into a sort of trucker's purgatory at this point.

Keep at it and keep us posted. We can offer up some help sometimes when we see who all has rejected you. I know how this works, I was rejected more times than I like to remember.

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