Advice On Finding A Dispatch Position

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Bella A.'s Comment
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I have been looking for a dispatch position for a while and have been in touch with numerous companies trying to find a long haul dispatch position, with no luck in openings. I have looked on employment sites, through employment agencies, google, and have cold called. I am trying to figure out other avenues to get in touch and/or find companies with a need for a dispatcher.

I do have experience in emergency propane dispatch services and was a behavior therapist. I have built relationships with drivers and managers from past companies but are not in long haul yet or have connections on the dispatching side of things. any advice on the know how would be appreciated.

Dispatcher:

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.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hay, Bella!

Not sure it'd help, but .. if you fill out this app: Apply For Paid CDL Training~~

Where it says 'position desired' .. click the 'other' block, and type in Dispatcher.

What've ya got to lose, but about 3 minutes? Can't hurt. Other than that, I don't know. Many companies are hiring dispatchers WITH a CDLA these days; I know my husband's company does. Can you just go ahead and get your CDL, to be more desirable?

Just a thought; best wishes!

~ 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.

Dispatcher:

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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My wife is a dispatcher for an OTR company consisting of mostly O/O's which are a lot more difficult to dispatch than a company driver.

The key is you need to start at a small mom n pop company and work your way up. My wife started with a company of about a dozen drivers and she was there for 6 years and she just recently moved to a a larger company that doubles her pay.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dispatcher:

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.
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