Getting Hired As A Gig Economy Worker

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Mark C.'s Comment
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I am curious if anyone has any knowledge or experience going from a gig economy job to a CDL job? I have been a stay at home dad for about 10 or so years, because my wife travels half the year. I have worked for Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and a few others on a part time basis for about 6 years or so. Do you all think that this sort of work experience will be an impediment to getting into truck driving?

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.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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It will be an impediment to driving for Prime (they're picky), but I'm sure as long as you can document your work experience someone will hire you.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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I am curious if anyone has any knowledge or experience going from a gig economy job to a CDL job? I have been a stay at home dad for about 10 or so years, because my wife travels half the year. I have worked for Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and a few others on a part time basis for about 6 years or so. Do you all think that this sort of work experience will be an impediment to getting into truck driving?

Howdy (again,) Mark C. !!

Did you ever look into the stuff Errol sent you a while back?

Sure wouldn't hurt you to: Apply For Paid CDL Training and see who bites! I'm betting more than one, sure will.

Additionally, to further 'checking out' the lifestyle;

Just as Pacific Pearl stated; Prime is one of the pickiest companies, re: employment history. Other than that, what's stopping you?

Best wishes, let us know how it plays out.

~ 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.
Serenity's Comment
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I don't think it will help all that much, to be honest. I am doing that right now, (thank you, lock downs, for destroying my livelihood). As you drive more, you gain more experience and learn how to watch the people, not just the road straight in front of you, but other than that, I can't see how whipping around in your car for restaurant deliveries is anything like trucking.

More driving experience is always a plus, but it's not something I would count on any company being impressed by, especially when you consider how some of those delivery drivers drive. I wouldn't want them in a truck, or anywhere close to a truck. I'd just leave that off the resume.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Even Prime has loosened parameters for employment due to covid... But with the down turn of the economy, they are bringing in less people than before.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ryan K.'s Comment
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I have met quite a few Uber and Lyft drivers who have a CDL. I use the service strike up a conversation and turns out many of them have a CDL and keep it as a backup plan which begs the next question, why drive Uber if you got a CDL is the pay better? Well if you consider 1800 a week home daily and local (this is the gig description of Uber Lyft Dallas not a CDL job) then yeah I guess it’s better than doing CDL because that’s what these guys are making around in the Dallas area. I feel CDL is more of a skill than Taxi driver, hopefully soon CDL will pay more than a Taxi driver as inflation adjusts or maybe the only way to make it if companies never adjust for inflation is just go owner op.

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.
Onsdag's Comment
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I just got hired on by Roehl and am in their GYCDL program. My past 3 years of work experience include Domino's Pizza, Instacart, and Doordash. They just required proof that I've worked for or am working with the gig economy jobs - such as tax documents, screenshots of driver profile and earnings within the apps, etc.

I don't know what goes on behind the scenes and what exactly their qualifications are, but they accepted me. I'm certain it probably helps to have a clean driving record.

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. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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I just got hired on by Roehl and am in their GYCDL program. My past 3 years of work experience include Domino's Pizza, Instacart, and Doordash. They just required proof that I've worked for or am working with the gig economy jobs - such as tax documents, screenshots of driver profile and earnings within the apps, etc.

I don't know what goes on behind the scenes and what exactly their qualifications are, but they accepted me. I'm certain it probably helps to have a clean driving record.

Onsdag! Congrats, man.

I'm certain your last sentence probably sums it up, as well! ;)

Kudos, for sure. Please keep us informed, ask questions of the veterans here, and... hopefully, keep a diary to pay it forward!

Awesome news.

~ Anne ~

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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.
Jay F.'s Comment
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When I got my cdl I had done Uber lyft Amazon prime and ebay for 5 years. I first provided my 1099s then I provided screenshots of my weekly totals. I had no trouble getting hired. It might take a little more work on your end

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.
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