Work History Verification Issues.

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Shane R.'s Comment
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Hello y'all,

I have been a lurker of this site for a bit over 2 years now. I just recently decided to pull the trigger and try to become a truck driver however,I have run in to a issue involving my verifiable work history. To Start after I graduated high school I took about two years off from everything to enjoy life ( yes I know I was dumb) after I started going to college part time for about 3 years before my father got sick with cancer.

I was his stay at home nurse for around 2 to 2.5 years he passed away in April of 2020 right when the covid lock downs started... Once the lock downs ended, I immediately went and found a job. In the 3rd month of this year I went back to school fulltime for a semester and half way through I left my job to focus on making sure I kept my grades in the A's and B's. During this short peroid of time I found that I hated not working and was miserable.

I guess my main question is will I be able to be hired on as a truck driver with this spotty work history or do I need to work for another year or two before I try applying to company's.

I would appreciate any advice on what to do here becuase I really do want to be a truck driver.

Thanks

BK's Comment
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Hi Shane. Sorry to hear about your dad.

Have you called any trucking companies and talked with a recruiter? That’s their job to answer questions like the one you are asking. Call a number of companies and see what the recruiters tell you. And then post the results of your discussions with them. Good luck!

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hello y'all,

I have been a lurker of this site for a bit over 2 years now. I just recently decided to pull the trigger and try to become a truck driver however,I have run in to a issue involving my verifiable work history. To Start after I graduated high school I took about two years off from everything to enjoy life ( yes I know I was dumb) after I started going to college part time for about 3 years before my father got sick with cancer.

I was his stay at home nurse for around 2 to 2.5 years he passed away in April of 2020 right when the covid lock downs started... Once the lock downs ended, I immediately went and found a job. In the 3rd month of this year I went back to school fulltime for a semester and half way through I left my job to focus on making sure I kept my grades in the A's and B's. During this short peroid of time I found that I hated not working and was miserable.

I guess my main question is will I be able to be hired on as a truck driver with this spotty work history or do I need to work for another year or two before I try applying to company's.

I would appreciate any advice on what to do here becuase I really do want to be a truck driver.

Thanks

Howdy, Shane . . . and welcome to Trucking Truth !!!

BK sure said it ... see what THEY ask of you!! No indebtedness from a phone call, good sir.

Best of all...here's our 'welcome wagon,' free of course;

Next off, to your question. Since Covid spamdemic.... so many folks haven't been 'employed' per se, since late 2019 !!!!

With spotty work history, trucking companies are becoming way more accommodating than ever. For instance; in your gaps of employment, provide letters from:

  • Unemployment/SSDI/SSI or 1099's
  • Friends/family you may have cared for; notarized is best.
  • Odd jobs, even if mowing neighbors' yards... again, notarized is better but not necessary.
  • Classes &/or certificates . . . were you in a study program/online curriculum? Easy to obtain.
  • Anyone (preferably upstanding) within your community that can attest you were 'legal' Letters!

Companies will, of course, run DEEP background checks of their own, so if you were abroad, for whatever reasons, you may want to disclose that on your own initially.

Hope this helps; welcome aboard!!

~ Anne ~

ps: When you feel ready to 'go for it,' start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

pps: If you could at least, add your state, to your profile . . . it's a huge help, in guiding you. Laws, companies, whatnot... some are state specific. Helps US help you!! Thanks, and best of luck. Anne & Tom !

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Shane R.'s Comment
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Hi Shane. Sorry to hear about your dad.

Have you called any trucking companies and talked with a recruiter? That’s their job to answer questions like the one you are asking. Call a number of companies and see what the recruiters tell you. And then post the results of your discussions with them. Good luck!

Thanks for the reply BK. So far I've talked to recruiters at both swift and prime. They have explained to me that there's a good chance that my somewhat non existant history will be an issue, and that it will be up to their hiring managers to decide...

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi Shane. Sorry to hear about your dad.

Have you called any trucking companies and talked with a recruiter? That’s their job to answer questions like the one you are asking. Call a number of companies and see what the recruiters tell you. And then post the results of your discussions with them. Good luck!

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Thanks for the reply BK. So far I've talked to recruiters at both swift and prime. They have explained to me that there's a good chance that my somewhat non existant history will be an issue, and that it will be up to their hiring managers to decide...

Again, with my 'disappearing ink' around here. Both companies have had 'exemplars' (ie: G'Town and Rainy/Kearsey) advise the same as the tedium of suggestions I'd bulleted for ya.

Kearsey tells it: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey !!!

G'Town, PLEASE validate!! I am woman. Sorry!

~ Anne ~

ps: Apologies, re: your dad, as well. Lost mine last year. It's NEVER the 'right' time!

pps: BK, you need to learn the 'welcome' ways of the forum... ASAP!!! :)

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.

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