Some Info On Indeed Features - FYI

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Harvey C.'s Comment
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I made reference one before that our one full-time farm employee died an unexpected and shocking death in May (age 36, non-traumatic aneurysm). It's kept me working harder than I would like and we had put feelers out in an effort to hire a new employee to help take care of things around here (and do most of the hard work physical work but it was not going anywhere so we started advertising. I ran a sponsored ad on Indeed and learned a lot more on how it works and thought I would share this as it might be helpful for some of you that are considering a change to another company.

In my ad I described the job and then I selected the "sponsored" option which costs me $20 per application I accept. Indeed has me list some job requirements and then they find candidates that have submitted resumes. The resume of some people is pretty vague and that's not going to be an effective way to find someone wanting to contact those folks. I had a mileage requirement of 25 miles from our farm and had a little over 100 potential candidates met my requirements (though sometimes not really very well). I could read through those resumes and then I invited the most suitable ones to view my job posting and contact me for applying for the job. I thought this was an extremely powerful tool if the resumes were completed thoroughly so if you think you might want to be contacted by a trucking company advertising on Indeed, I suggest you take the time to do a good job with your resume and list your experience thoroughly so that you match terms being used by advertisers. I had several candidates apply for the job only because I invited them to check out my ad. I had checked out Indeed previously but had no idea it allowed employers to do this sort of screening until actually used it mysefl.

Many trucking companies advertise on Indeed but I don't know if many of their recruiters take the time to seek out candidates by finding matched skills but I would imagine at least some do so this may be worth your while.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Many trucking companies advertise on Indeed but I don't know if many of their recruiters take the time to seek out candidates by finding matched skills but I would imagine at least some do so this may be worth your while.

Im sure many do. There's no shortage at the mega carriers bringing in new drivers. There is a shortage of safe, reliable, and professional experienced drivers though. I've been contacted numerous times by companies in my general vicinity trying to sell me on their company. I'm overall quite happy where I'm at right now but it's always worth keeping an eye what's out there. I have a clean CDL with no failed inspections (haven't even been pulled in for one in my 5 years). The problem is most of the companies that are trying to get drivers this way aren't what I'd be looking for it I wanted to switch. Locally pig haulers are offering $20/hr, caseys pays similiar to what I have now but you're gone multiple nights a week and unload your own freight, McLane here runs teams 16-24 hour routes all hand unload, sysco is hand unload as well. Done that before and I wouldn't say it was terrible but there's much easier ways to earn that kind of money. I had a recruiter for papa John's call me. When I asked about the compensation she was excited to tell me $100k your first year! Downside (to me) is they 2 wheel everything into stores, gone multiple nights a week, and trying to get a sleeper with a 53 into shopping centers. That $100k....well that includes your $20k sign on bonus paid over a year. To me, sign on bonuses are a red flag. I'll stay where I'm at and use an electric pallet jack to unload, be home 99% of the time and still make great money. Last 2 years I made $100k, this year I've been working less hours a day and not picking up a 5th day but should still be close to $90k. Im currently #127 of #189 in seniority with more guys set to retire by the end of the year. I'm reaping the benefits of a seniority system so it's going to take quite a bit to get me to leave.

They always say that large companies don't need to spend money on job advertisements if they're a great place. Word of mouth is far more powerful. If you're truly a great place to work you'll never have a shortage of candidates looking at your postings. This is by no means meant to be an insult at Harvey, he's a small business that had a long time worker.

Thank you for taking the time to give us info on how indeed works. Personally, indeed is where I look at postings.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I agree with Rob, Harv; it's a decent 'portal,' if you will.... for browsing. Tom's never used Indeed OR TenStreet, to apply....only to browse.

Putting Tom's profile on LinkedIn has actually garnered interest from INTERESTED and worthwhile employers. I was surprised that some companies actually DO consider drivers 'professionals' myself, as well!

I'm sorry about your employee; yessir, I sure DO recall your sharing that with us here on TT. Would LinkedIn be a portal you could use, to search for your needs? I'm not sure; we don't hire anyone...personally.

This is 'indeed' interesting, good sir. I don't know what else to add, but I'll subscribe to this thread; love to see what the others will have to say, as well.

Rob T., your outlook is always so awesome.... youth and maturity all in ONE GREAT PACKAGE! Only way I know how to say it, unless I'm missing a word in the dictionary!!!!

Carry on, good sirs & Thank you both!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Harvey C.'s Comment
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I believe some companies use it to pick up drivers for a new dedicated account they've just picked up. That's the case for the Marten job Michael took. Something they needed to fill right away. WalMart is always advertising.

I have not seen ads on LinkedIn but haven't really looked. I think it is used more by headhunters which I guess Indeed is also useful for with the features I encountered.

Our new worker started yesterday and is very eager and is working hard. We're hopeful this is a long term relationship. We will pay very well for good work, profit sharing included. Just don't give me headaches, lol.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

George B.'s Comment
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Linkedin has a few ads that are no different from ads on websites etc.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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To me, sign on bonuses are a red flag.

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I can co-sign on that. I don't use Indeed because it's too one-sided in the employer's favor:

1) There's no way to meaningfully screen results. Want no-touch freight, no California, paid hourly without a camera in your face? TOO BAD! You can only screen for generic criteria that isn't relevant - full-time or part-time?/OTR or regional?/Home daily, home weekly or home time? You have to read through ALL THE ADS then call a dozen recruiters to find out how close the jobs are to your requirements because there's no minimum requirements for criteria that employers must post in the ads.

2) Employers whose reputations are so terrible that no one would apply if they used their real name are allowed to use fake names in their ads. Send an application to, "Fourth Day Trucking" and get a call back from a CR England recruiter.

3) Even though I don't use Indeed anymore I still get emails telling me about jobs they think are a match. Again, matching is over simplified. Yes, that job looks good BUT it requires driving in Canada. Crossing the border requires an experimental vaccine I'm not interested in. Of course, that isn't an option in any of their check boxes for a reason why I'm not interested.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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