Please Help Me Choose The Right First Employer/trainer And City

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Your biggest hurdle is employment span, being outside the US ain't helping in your search either lol.......Best bet....

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Thanx, I am starting to understand how stuff works in trucking HR world!

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You could always read Brett's book: Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Are you familiar with our logbook rules? :

Learn The Logbook Rules (HOS) . . Old School and Brett re'vamped this recently.

Couldn't hurt to do this, too! : Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Wish you well; you keep changing your name...confuses us old(er) folks!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Thank you Anne! I totally understand that rookies like me can be very unintentionally annoying to professional members here, by their not so great questions, lack of basic knowledge and common sense in trucking industry annnnd even changing their profile info LooooL Sorry, I just realized how perfect is this forum so changed my Avatar and Profile Name to something more memorable, so older members remember me easily in the future. I'm not going to change it ever again, promise!! :D

I took note of all these links and info you and others posted and I'm carefully reading/researching about them. I got some more from couple of other forums. Such an amazing supportive community! So far I learned that I need to get my ticket and return to the US asap. Not knowing where I am going to live/settle definitely is going to hurt my job hunting efforts and also confuse my prospect employer.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rookie_the_Great's Comment
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I have contacts in multiple cities in south/central Florida and south California who can help me find somewhat affordable accommodation

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How are you applying for jobs without a stable address? Are you using the address in Nevada? That can be problematic because a company that hires in Nevada, may not hire in Florida or California. Florida is a state that many companies do not hire out of.

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I get depressed and bored very quickly

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How are you going to handle living in a truck by yourself not going where you want to go, but where they tell you to go?

I had the misunderstanding of I can be living anywhere as a trucker and my employer does not really care, so yes, I was using Vegas address despite of having no intention to live there. Now I am fully aware that returning back to the states asap and settling somewhere has higher priority than finding a job. I am going to use my next couple of weeks until being back in states to educate myself tho.

As an avid traveler (I have been travelling for most of my life), I very likely have no problem being in places and sleeping in a truck. But spending my one week of home time in a small town that I don't know anyone is not going to be easy for me. In fact one reason that I chose to be a trucker is desire to be in many places than being stuck in one...

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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As an avid traveler (I have been travelling for most of my life), I very likely have no problem being in places and sleeping in a truck. But spending my one week of home time in a small town that I don't know anyone is not going to be easy for me.

I dont know if you are aware of this but, you can take home time anywhere you want. It doesn't matter what your "home address" is. Your "home" can be a p.o. box in Nevada. You can take home time close to friends and family anywhere in the country as long as you have a place to park your truck.

Hope this helps...

BK's Comment
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A couple of observations here.

First, you say you get bored and depressed easily. I see Banks flagged this comment as worrisome. There is no doubt that truck driving can frequently be very boring. Even with streaming music and podcasts and audio books, boredom is always a problem. And yes, boredom can lead to depression. Depression can lead to a short career. Very few people realize what a challenge it is to sit in the drivers seat for nearly 11 hours day after day and drive down generic interstates. That is one reason turnover is so high in the trucking industry. So, if you already have a problem with that, truck driving is not your answer. Truck driving is like a puppy mill. Companies keep a constant flow of candidates coming in the front door because many rookies underestimated their suitability and exit via the back door. Relatively few actually survive long term to become big dogs.

Second, I kind of cringe to see your screen name. The word rookie combined with the word great is not the wisest choice. Of course it’s your choice to make, but you might want to reconsider. All the moderators here are great drivers and have great experience, but none have the word great after their screen names. Not a big deal in the overall scheme of things, but no rookie is great.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

George B.'s Comment
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Rookie_the_Great's Comment
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My oops or some else's oops?!

Rookie_the_Great's Comment
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A couple of observations here.

First, you say you get bored and depressed easily. I see Banks flagged this comment as worrisome. There is no doubt that truck driving can frequently be very boring. Even with streaming music and podcasts and audio books, boredom is always a problem. And yes, boredom can lead to depression. Depression can lead to a short career. Very few people realize what a challenge it is to sit in the drivers seat for nearly 11 hours day after day and drive down generic interstates. That is one reason turnover is so high in the trucking industry. So, if you already have a problem with that, truck driving is not your answer. Truck driving is like a puppy mill. Companies keep a constant flow of candidates coming in the front door because many rookies underestimated their suitability and exit via the back door. Relatively few actually survive long term to become big dogs.

Second, I kind of cringe to see your screen name. The word rookie combined with the word great is not the wisest choice. Of course it’s your choice to make, but you might want to reconsider. All the moderators here are great drivers and have great experience, but none have the word great after their screen names. Not a big deal in the overall scheme of things, but no rookie is great.

Not many people can live the nomad life style that I lived for the past decade. That is what gives me the motivation to give this job a try, and no one is going to hire me unless he has the heart and resources to handle employee management challenges. If there was a sure way to pick the best driver on the spot without being worry about risks involved, literally anyone with some money to buy trucks could turn into a carrier-employer. I'm not the worst, I'm not the best but just a regular human being with his flaws and imperfections. Many years ago, I used to be a HR admin for a car factory overseas. If I had the same attitude towards new comers and zero experience applicants, I won't have the chance of knowing great people and future supervisors and managers. Constantly hearing "OMG! You said this or that so you definitely cannot do this job, forget about it, go home, etc" is not going to help me, so I would rather to focus on how I can lower the risk of failure with educating myself and finding the right employer and job in the trucking.

Sorry if anyone took offense of my profile name. I thought maybe a bit of humor doesn't hurt and also better to have a memorable profile name so members can easily know who is posting the comment or asking questions. Supposedly the humorous part didn't work but seems it was really memorable!!

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rookie_the_Great's Comment
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As an avid traveler (I have been travelling for most of my life), I very likely have no problem being in places and sleeping in a truck. But spending my one week of home time in a small town that I don't know anyone is not going to be easy for me.

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I dont know if you are aware of this but, you can take home time anywhere you want. It doesn't matter what your "home address" is. Your "home" can be a p.o. box in Nevada. You can take home time close to friends and family anywhere in the country as long as you have a place to park your truck.

Hope this helps...

Thnx for the info. Yes, I know about it but I have been mobile and nomad style for a long time, so I really need to have a place for sometime until I really feel comfortable with job!

BK's Comment
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Rookie, my comment was not intended to insult you, merely a couple of observations for you to think about. Now we know that your screen name is meant to be humorous, which is fine. But subsequent readers may not read your explanation and understand your intent.

Otherwise, I know everyone who participates in this forum wishes new drivers success. Hopefully your background will serve you well as you move forward. Let us know how things develop for you as you progress. New voices always make the forum more interesting. Questions are always good.

Rookie_the_Great's Comment
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Rookie, my comment was not intended to insult you, merely a couple of observations for you to think about. Now we know that your screen name is meant to be humorous, which is fine. But subsequent readers may not read your explanation and understand your intent.

Otherwise, I know everyone who participates in this forum wishes new drivers success. Hopefully your background will serve you well as you move forward. Let us know how things develop for you as you progress. New voices always make the forum more interesting. Questions are always good.

No problem my friend, I didn't mean anything too. Very probably my bad, as I might not be clear enough with my English as a third language. So far looking for the right temporary accommodation for the next a few months to be able to comfortably return back to the states and apply for job. Probably I'll be back here with my goofy questions after settling down. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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