New Grad Hires Without Extensive Experience.

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Sky Walker 's Comment
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Hello, all. I sold a company and retired early at 44. I was going stir crazy and decided to re-enter the workforce. Now that I have no family left I decided that trucking would be a great fit as I have no off switch, I’d drive every day for years if permitted. All that unnecessarily said, I’m a recent CDL-A grad of the NYS training program both classroom (30hrs mandatory -new as of Feb. 2022…) and the 30hr in cab portion. I’m having difficulty finding a company hiring anyone with less than 3 months of verifiable driving experience. Bottom line, is there anything I can do without having to take and pay for another “round” of lengthy training? Clearly I did not do my research when choosing my method of obtaining the license. Any assistance is truly appreciated.


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.


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.

PJ's Comment
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Welcome and congrats on passing school. However you have found one of the big reasons many of us highly recommend company sponsored training programs. They hire you immediately after school. You can apply straight from here. Fill out an app and see who makes you an offer.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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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.

BK's Comment
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What companies have you tried so far?

I went with Schneider right out of school but I’m not up to date with their hiring situation currently.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My guess is that you are trying for local jobs? Any mega carrier would have no problem hiring a newbie. Unless you have issues with your past? If you wait more than 3 months before getting a job then some companies will have you take a refresher course.

Klutch's Comment
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Schneider hires inexperienced drivers for a few dedicated accounts in your area. Dollar General which is not recommended for new drivers but also Target and Tractor Supply. I know for Target they were getting the drivers home weekly.

G-Town's Comment
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Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Focus on companies that offer road training to entry level drivers;

Prime, Swift, CFI, Schneider, Roehl, Werner, Knight, Western Express... to name just a few.

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