I’m Going With Schneider Now I’m Nervous

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Larry B. 's Comment
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I got my official pre hire letter and instructions for orientation. Now I’m having major second thoughts. I didn’t expect it to come together so quick. I have to give my current employer notice by this Friday, get some kind of short term health insurance in place, and I’m currently on vacation in Colorado until Thursday!

I’m planning on calling them today to discuss everything but do you think it would be wise or even ok with them to ask for a later orientation date? I’m just feeling extremely rushed and I’m not 100% feeling good about the decision right now. I know I need to be totally committed once I pull the trigger

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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What is your scheduled orientation start date?

Larry B. 's Comment
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What is your scheduled orientation start date?

October 5

PackRat's Comment
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If you need some more time, don't be afraid to ask. Drivers and those that wish to become drivers are in high demand. They will reschedule you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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If you asked your recruiter for another week, my guess is that your request would be granted. On the one hand, it's not ideal for you to start orientation all stressed out. On the other hand, time is of the essence because he who hesitates is lost.

Now is an ideal time to start. It's cooled down and that makes training outside easier. Also, you want to get driving experience in before the snow flies so you are better able to handle the snow & ice driving.

I'm chomping at the bit to get back. I view every delay to be a setback. But my situation is not your situation. I hope you don't look back and regret that you waited too long.

Larry B. 's Comment
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So I called recruiting and explained my situation and where I’m at. They were unbelievably understanding about it and wanted me to be sure. They said my offer is good for one year.

They offered to schedule me in a new class up to 30 days out or put my process on hold until I’m ready. Then just give them a call and we can proceed. Since they already have all the background on me done I could get right in no problem.

She didn’t try to pressure me or talk me out of waiting at all. I respect them as a reputable company even more now.

Now I can take a breath, get everything in order and make the call when I’m ready.

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

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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That is good to hear, remember they want to make sure you are as committed as possible before you start. They don't want to waste time, money or resources on someone who is not ready and might leave.

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