Does One Need A Résumé

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Old J.'s Comment
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This might be a stupid question, or at least one with a fairly obvious answer to all the seasoned pros out there. Does one need to have a résumé when applying for a job with a mega carrier (or any trucking company for that matter)? I'm going through the process of getting all my ducks in a row to start my career change, and I'm wondering if I should spend some time updating the old résumé? I realize trucking is a completely different beast compared to a corporate office job.

Just looking for some advice, anecdotes, short stories? or perhaps things you wrote (or didn't write) on your résumé?

Much Obliged

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth!

Below are some links for you to go through. They will give you a better understanding of the trucking world. You don't use a resume in the trucking world. There is a link that will go out to a number of companies with one app and that's all you need. We do have some companies that aren't listed that do train. If you get turned down, we can give you those links at another time.

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Paid CDL Training Programs

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Just be truthful in answering the questions. If it says "Have you ever received a speeding ticket?" You have to give any speeding tickets all the way back to when you got your license as a teenager. If it says "have you received speeding tickets in the past 3 years", you will need to give 3 years of info...You don't volunteer any info longer than 3 years ago.

There will be others along before too long that will give more info. This'll get you started.

Laura

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.
Just 'G''s Comment
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You WILL (DOT requirement) eventually need to give 10 years of employment history. So, whether or not you keep a formal resume or just a list, you'll want to keep records of that.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old J.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies. It's always good to hear from someone who's "been there". I appreciate everything you guys (and gals) do here.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies. It's always good to hear from someone who's "been there". I appreciate everything you guys (and gals) do here.

Just real quick;

As the wife of a 20 plus year driver, a resume' SURE DOES help. My guy was in IT (and a bit of Nursing) before trucking, and that was always a 'plus' in any (and all) interview processes.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: The links that Ms. Laura shared with you, are PARAMOUNT! Read as you can.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well, changing companies, the never asked me for 10 years history lol

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well, changing companies, the never asked me for 10 years history lol

Here's WHY, Stevo! CRST had EVERYTHING ON YA, mi mano! Shoe size, fingerprints, probably footprints! LoLoL.. Retinal imaging? Maybe! The PAPERWORK was just the start, haha!

Anybody hiring FROM CRST .. has little to NO work to do!!!

JUST IMHO !!!! (for entertainment purposes only, ... OR NOT?)

Funning w/ya, pal.

~ Anne ~

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Old J.'s Comment
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My work history shouldn't be to tough. I've had the same job for the last 12 years. Ill keep the résumé up to date though. It never hurts to have it.

As far as the reading goes, I've been spending all of my spare time at home one the High Road CDL Training Program

That thing is thorough. probably got another 45 or 50 hours of study on that before I'm even close to 100 percent completion. Sitting at a meager 12% completion as of right now.

also spent some time (but not enough) on the

I know what im going to be doing this Christmas break.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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My work history shouldn't be to tough. I've had the same job for the last 12 years. Ill keep the résumé up to date though. It never hurts to have it.

As far as the reading goes, I've been spending all of my spare time at home one the High Road CDL Training Program

That thing is thorough. probably got another 45 or 50 hours of study on that before I'm even close to 100 percent completion. Sitting at a meager 12% completion as of right now.

also spent some time (but not enough) on the

I know what im going to be doing this Christmas break.

You're DEFINITELY on the right path!! The HRTP will reset, as you wish it to. I'm glad you've found this useful! I've passed my CDLP twice here!

Re; Daniel's PreTrip .. the bomb diggity. You COULD DO what Mountain Matt did, and download the .pdf file(s) and task Office Max with the finished product.

Mountain Matt IS IN SCHOOL with Wilson, and that binder he made (that I'm jealous of) is a catalyst. Leme see if I can link a pic;

Daniel B.'s Pretrip in Mountain Matt's Binder!

Enjoy your holiday, still!!

Best to ya,

~ Anne & Tom ~

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

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