Lil'Red Ridinghood's Journey Into The Forest Of Trucking

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Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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MORE questions....

1) TT Job application - is it powered by Tenstreet? -- just curious as I am poking around in their website.

2) Has anyone here used a service such as the one provided by Tenstreet to help get gaps or employment dates verified? If so I'd love to hear about it. I like that Tenstreet lets you both apply and get verification. This ought to make things easy for the employer, with Tenstreet doing a lot of the legwork.

Anyway--if you use them or others I'd love to hear about it. I need to get those prehires going soon.

3) I have good employment history if you go back some years, what is the practice in trucking for handing them more than 10 years of history? I know it doesn't count for anything now, except telling them what I used to do. In general, will they like it? Frown on it?

For example, my old industry, as one of the few out there, wanted your work history from high-school or college on, even if said history was 50 years long. I have a friend that is a recruiter in another industry, and in hers they do 5 to 7 years and would toss a resume in the trash if they got 20+ years. It varies. Trying to learn what Logistics companies prefer here in general, while understanding that beyond the industry norm, each corporation will have their own preferences that are unique to them.

4) Is it FOR SURE I am permitted to write a diary from a PRIVATE school? Sorry Anne -- I just don't want to do anything wrong here. If a moderator could chime in I would feel so much better. I will NOT be offended if the answer is no either. I will then just hold off and start at my hire-date with a carrier. The method goes against what everyone on here says, even though I have the best excuse ever.

MY EXCUSE:

My state permits only schools they select, and at present just ONE carrier is on it. And that carrier turned me down flat, in a five minute phone conversation with recruiting. Because of my gap they do not want to admit me to their school, and whether they would hire me is dubious after that.

I am not sad, several of the "WA DOL banned" carriers want me to apply when I am close to passing my drive test, despite knowing about my gap. And should they decide to pass, SOMEONE will want me. I mean--look at me! I'm cute!

If anyone thinks I'm telling tales, here is a link to my state's list. WA DOL APPROVED SCHOOL LIST There should be links to the subject laws (2015 and 2017 respectively) either higher up in this thread or my other thread. Yes I know--messed up, and the only state left in the union who glares at the FMCSA with a suspicious eye, go figure. I'm good--I'm a registered voter and know what to do with those jokers when their term is up. It's not the DOL employees, they are as dumbfounded as anyone else. Dang politicians.

Anyway, this left me with the choice of waiting, the choice of convincing an unapproved training school to take me in, lie to my state and hope I don't get caught, also hope the IRS doesn't decide to charge me income taxes from the state I "lived" in. As it were, the carrier I have a crush on doesn't lie. Not even a little. Of course I did have the choice of legitimately moving out of state; or enrolling in private school. I enrolled.

So thus ends my tale of rule-breaking on this forum. We hope. embarrassed.gif

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

Prehire:

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.

Prehires:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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No rule breaking, m'lady! (Not that I see, anyway!)

Ya know; WA is the HARDEST state to acclimate these days; I'm reading that EVERYWHERE.

Dang, conundrums! 1st question, not to my knowledge. 2nd, MANY have used Tenstreet in addition; let me think of whom... 3rd, the only company that may 'pick' at that, is Prime. 4th, it's being done, but let me page 'em:

G'Town .. Old School .. Rob T. .. Turtle .. et al ! G'Town is usually good at searching for where his name has been 'tagged' in threads; Old School has been kinda busy, jetting around the country seeing his grandbabies in between loads, haha!

I'll email Brett, myself... as well. Or you could !!! (Brett@TruckingTruth.com) Put 'forum rules' in 'subject' and he'll be drawn to it.

For S's and Gig's ... check out a few that may INDEED comply with WA b/s, to work w/you:

CFI (soon to be/partially is 'TFI') !!

Witte Bros.

Raider Express

Pride Transport

(Still, no Prime?)

Swift/Knight ~~~!!!!

Girl, I'll hit you up tomorrow. I'm rolling the wheels in the brain....as I get the hubby fed upon arrival ... shortly.

Hang in, hang on! (Or just move?!?!? J/K!)

~ Anne ~

ps: I've done a 'precursory' search.....and have seen 20 (MINIMUM) 'SCHOOL diaries' in the diary section, but I do appreciate your courtesy !!

pps: Girl, with YOUR wherewithal, you're gonna NAIL it, when you get into a truck!!! GUARANTEED.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Thanks so much Anne, appreciate it.

I e-mailed Brett and asked him to chime in on this thread. Nailing it? We shall see LOL! I GOT to make those people find me a yard, a parking lot, or SOMETHING. Or I'll need to start inhaling epipens, LOL.

If I do a diary on it I will keep its name confidential. Some things I am happy with, and some things I am not. This is of course the case with any organization we come into contact with, nevertheless I think it is a good, fair policy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
tripletdad's Comment
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Idk if its been mentioned or not, but millis transfer is who i did my training with. Good training, and the accomodstions were nice.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks so much Anne, appreciate it.

I e-mailed Brett and asked him to chime in on this thread. Nailing it? We shall see LOL! I GOT to make those people find me a yard, a parking lot, or SOMETHING. Or I'll need to start inhaling epipens, LOL.

If I do a diary on it I will keep its name confidential. Some things I am happy with, and some things I am not. This is of course the case with any organization we come into contact with, nevertheless I think it is a good, fair policy.

Anytime, Nina girl!!

IMHO, your 'frustrations' with your school, and the lack of 'pad' time, will actually be an asset to this forum. Whether you name them or not, it'll be an educational tool; which we all try to contribute here.

Stay off the epipens, missy! LoL....

Starting a diary will ALSO give others the opportunity to see just what you need help with, your (and their(s)) shortcomings, et al. Again, my two cents, LoL!

Hang in there, girl. And yeah; if you DO apply here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

and here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs, Millis will get with ya! Tripletdad started well there, as he posted above.

Always,

~ 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Hey Lil’ Red.

Totally cool and okay to write a diary about your pending private school experience.

Best of luck to you! 👍

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Thank you, that is good to know.

Idk if its been mentioned or not, but millis transfer is who i did my training with. Good training, and the accomodstions were nice.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Thank you so much G-town. Then I will most definitely do one.

Hey Lil’ Red.

Totally cool and okay to write a diary about your pending private school experience.

Best of luck to you! 👍

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