Job History

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Charles E.'s Comment
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I'm truly blessed to hear from all you truckers. Ya'll are what makes America moving forward. I asked a question earlier about my job history. I just need more advice on who I can go and talk to. Will it be better if I went to a truck driving school or company???

Banks's Comment
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You can apply for paid training Apply For Paid CDL Training

But you'll have a hard time getting someone to hire you being 41 with no work history. Do not pay for school because that's not going to change anything.

Your best bet is to get a job and keep it for a year or two and then explore your options.

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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I’m going on 66 next month. I’ve been retired for 5-1/2 years after working 38 years for one company.

I applied to 11 companies offering paid CDL training. Only one, Prime Inc, has been willing to give me a chance to attend orientation.

Most companies want verifiable employment within the last 3 years.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I’m going on 66 next month. I’ve been retired for 5-1/2 years after working 38 years for one company.

I applied to 11 companies offering paid CDL training. Only one, Prime Inc, has been willing to give me a chance to attend orientation.

Most companies want verifiable employment within the last 3 years.

Prime is actually an EXCELLENT respondent, IMHO! Did you try Swift, Pride, Witte, or Raider? (Back up plans.)

Best wishes to BOTH of y'all!

~ 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.
Chris P.'s Comment
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Charles,

My work history was and still is pretty bad. That said, SWIFT was willing to hire me a few years ago after I graduated from a private trucking school. I'd try with them. I couldn't pass at the DMV and then I ran into a bunch of other life distractions. Now I'm hoping they'll still hire me. :)

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Not surprised...

Swift will want a job history.

Charles,

My work history was and still is pretty bad. That said, SWIFT was willing to hire me a few years ago after I graduated from a private trucking school. I'd try with them. I couldn't pass at the DMV and then I ran into a bunch of other life distractions. Now I'm hoping they'll still hire me. :)

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Chris P.'s Comment
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Not surprised...

Swift will want a job history.

They pre-hired me and I was honest at the time. I only had one year of work history in the past three years. These days I live on a small ranch, and help take care of the animals, in exchange for free rent. I'll probably try to use that as work history.

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.

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