Prime Job Gap

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Travis's Comment
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Talked to a prime recruiter today since I've been disability retired from the Army since 2008. While he said I could apply he didn't sound hopeful due to having 0 work since then.

Just got vaxxed 🤢 and go the third for a physical and gonna do the permit tests probably the week after my physical.

I've heard TMC is super vet friendly and full of vets so may see if they can work with it.

Any other companies y'all know of that care less about gaps, especially if it has a reasonable explanation?

Worst case I'll use my GI bill for school and see if them not risking a few thousand on my training makes a waiver easier.

PackRat's Comment
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All the working out and PT posts, plus your profile picture and you're medically retired for the past 14 years? That's four years longer than I've been retired.

If you wish to volunteer the information, what's the disability?

Travis's Comment
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PTSD and was injured. I've definitely come a long way since 2008. Thus me wanting to get back into it.

Kicked the opiate habit in 2016, fixed my mental health since 2018 and raring to go.

All the working out and PT posts, plus your profile picture and you're medically retired for the past 14 years? That's four years longer than I've been retired.

If you wish to volunteer the information, what's the disability?

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Get a couple reference letters from people who have known you for many years, NOT a relative of yours lol on a business letter head, wouldn't hurt.....Sometimes that helps/works....

John S.'s Comment
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Prime wouldn't hire me because of gaps in my work history as well. I find it frustrating. We're trying to work, but we can't work because we haven't worked? At some point someone has to be willing to give us a chance, or we'll just keep not working. My work history is even worse now than it was when I tried to get hired by prime.

Travis's Comment
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Did you ever get sorted or still trying? I'm thinking get the CDL on my own, get references from some friends in LE and a judge and that will make me more attractive of an applicant but who knows.

Can't hurt to try.

Prime wouldn't hire me because of gaps in my work history as well. I find it frustrating. We're trying to work, but we can't work because we haven't worked? At some point someone has to be willing to give us a chance, or we'll just keep not working. My work history is even worse now than it was when I tried to get hired by prime.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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No point to get a CDL at a local school then not get hired at a company. If it takes too long to get hired (usually 90 days) your CDL gets stale and companies want a full schooling over. Waste of time and money.

Keep trying every company sponsored program. Due to covid there are less restrictions on work history, even at prime

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.
BK's Comment
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If you believe you can be a truck driver, which is a very demanding profession, then go out and get a steady job to establish a work history. If an able bodied man cannot get a job when employers are crying for help, then truck driving may be beyond possible.

Banks's Comment
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Like Bruce said, you can start working to establish a work history. Like Kearsey said, getting a CDL in school would be wasteful.

Prime and TMC are probably the 2 most selective companies that offer training. Your best bet is to cast the widest net you can and see what you can get.

Apply For Paid CDL Training is a good start. Outside of those, there's also CFI, I think Werner has a deal with road master (not sure about the specifics), boyd and I'm sure I'm missing some. Apply everywhere and see what happens.

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.
Travis's Comment
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Will shoot out apps as wide as I can.

Like Bruce said, you can start working to establish a work history. Like Kearsey said, getting a CDL in school would be wasteful.

Prime and TMC are probably the 2 most selective companies that offer training. Your best bet is to cast the widest net you can and see what you can get.

Apply For Paid CDL Training is a good start. Outside of those, there's also CFI, I think Werner has a deal with road master (not sure about the specifics), boyd and I'm sure I'm missing some. Apply everywhere and see what happens.

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.
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