Starting Trucking With Shaky Job History

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Austin R.'s Comment
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Hi, I’ve been thinking and researching for months now and I would love to do trucking as a career.

I have a clean MVR , can pass drug tests, and no criminal history.

However, my job history has me questioning if I should even attempt to pursue this career.

Once I turned 18, I tried out many jobs and also left many. I am much more mature in terms of employment now though.

There’s been many times where I may have went about a month between jobs.

I didn’t keep any of my W2s but I can get a tax transcript. I don’t even remember some of the jobs I have had.

Is it possible for me to still attempt this career with my past job history being like this? Or would it be too much work to attempt.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

PackRat's Comment
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How old are you now?

Austin R.'s Comment
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21.

How old are you now?

Austin R.'s Comment
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I am 21 now.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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You will need just 3 years of job history. What I would do is write them all down starting with your oldest and working forward. If you have many gaps that are a month or more, just annotate what you were doing...looking for work is acceptable.

To cover those gaps, write up a statement of what you were doing and have your friends or family sign it and see if that doesn't help overcome some recruiters hesitancy. Having W-2s also shows that you were working.

At your age, it is nice if a young person works real steady, but it seems to be expected that young people don't work steady yet. You'll be fine.

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Hi, I’ve been thinking and researching for months now and I would love to do trucking as a career.

I have a clean MVR , can pass drug tests, and no criminal history.

However, my job history has me questioning if I should even attempt to pursue this career.

Once I turned 18, I tried out many jobs and also left many. I am much more mature in terms of employment now though.

There’s been many times where I may have went about a month between jobs.

I didn’t keep any of my W2s but I can get a tax transcript. I don’t even remember some of the jobs I have had.

Is it possible for me to still attempt this career with my past job history being like this? Or would it be too much work to attempt.

Howdy, Austin; Welcome to Trucking Truth!

In the meantime, as you gather your paperwork and maybe hold a job for a longer period of time, here's some great 'starter' material for you to peruse:

When you DO feel ready to jump in: Apply For Paid CDL Training!

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Due to covid employers are being more forgiving than previously. Apply everywhere. Good luck

CM59's Comment
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My 10 year history had maybe 7 different jobs on it. High school job, college, 4 years at one, then a load of temp agency jobs.

My situation sounds different but it wasn’ta problem except them checking every single one was probably a pain for them

William D.'s Comment
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I'm gonna be starting NTTS in July part time i was Unemployed when i got laid off in may of 2020 and spent 15 months till sept of 21 when i went back to work My current job want's me to obtain my CDL but need 2 pre hire letters to get half the funding threw my city will i have a issue ?. im 42 and worked construction jobs as a equipment operator so i never really had a steady gig ?

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.

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.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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I'm gonna be starting NTTS in July part time i was Unemployed when i got laid off in may of 2020 and spent 15 months till sept of 21 when i went back to work My current job want's me to obtain my CDL but need 2 pre hire letters to get half the funding threw my city will i have a issue ?. im 42 and worked construction jobs as a equipment operator so i never really had a steady gig ?

Howdy & welcome, William~!!!

Just as Kearsey said,

Due to Covid in all of 2020 and since, you shouldn't have an issue.

Read this:

And get your pre hires by filling this out here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.

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.

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.

Pre Hires:

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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