Help Getting Sponsored As A New Driver

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Aaron B.'s Comment
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I've made up my mind that I want to get my CDL and drive truck for a living. I basically have two questions.

Does anyone know of companies that are especially willing to sponsor a new driver?

My second question relates to my somewhat choppy job history. How much will employers care about my history of job hopping?

For clarification, I delivered pizza for 6 months in 2016 and did remodeling for 18 months in 2017 and 2018. Then I left the job market and remained unemployed for about 5 years. There are a few ways of going forward. My failsafe plan is to go back to delivering pizza until a full time CDL training course (covered by FAFSA according to the admissions department) opens next spring. Hopefully 10 months of recent driving history will help with appearing stable and negotiating wages.

I'd rather get sponsored for a short-term trucking program and start this summer, but it's not the end of the world if I have to go back to delivering pizza.

I'm asking here in the hopes that others can weigh in and give me some places to start my job search. Maybe I'm not the first.

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.

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.
Andrew H.'s Comment
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Have a look around this site, there's lot of links to apply for several companies at once.

PackRat's Comment
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What do you mean sponsored? Company paid training?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I've made up my mind that I want to get my CDL and drive truck for a living. I basically have two questions.

Does anyone know of companies that are especially willing to sponsor a new driver?

My second question relates to my somewhat choppy job history. How much will employers care about my history of job hopping?

For clarification, I delivered pizza for 6 months in 2016 and did remodeling for 18 months in 2017 and 2018. Then I left the job market and remained unemployed for about 5 years. There are a few ways of going forward. My failsafe plan is to go back to delivering pizza until a full time CDL training course (covered by FAFSA according to the admissions department) opens next spring. Hopefully 10 months of recent driving history will help with appearing stable and negotiating wages.

I'd rather get sponsored for a short-term trucking program and start this summer, but it's not the end of the world if I have to go back to delivering pizza.

I'm asking here in the hopes that others can weigh in and give me some places to start my job search. Maybe I'm not the first.

Hi, Aaron (&Andrew!)

Great place to start:

And as far as company sponsored, start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training.

The companies will let YOU know if you need more work history than what you feel you have, but I really think you'll be fine. You should hear back rather quickly, with the above link!

Stop back, and let us know!

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.

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.
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