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Brent B.'s Comment
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Is it a bad sign if recruiters are very general in their analysis of your background, yet tell you everything looks good to go?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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No, that's how they do things.

What they do is basically glance at your application for anything that would disqualify you from working there. If they don't see anything and they're hiring at the time they'll offer you a position and send you a bus ticket to come to orientation. Once you arrive at their facility, that's when they'll do the real background check. They'll dig through everything with a fine tooth comb. If they find minor discrepancies, basically honest mistakes like the wrong month you started working somewhere, no big deal. If they find you've blatantly lied or covered something up they'll send you packing immediately.

So as long as you're 100% honest with everything on your application you should be fine.

Brent B.'s Comment
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Thanks, Brett. It's just a little disconcerting, especially when their website says they require a minimum of 3 months OTR , yet I have only had 2 weeks of OTR training. I just don't want to get out there, only to be told they made a mistake. I have talked to my recruiter, and she said it would be fine. I guess I just have to trust her, I think?

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.

Rico's Comment
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I know how you feel, Brent. Here you've done all this research, decided the direction you're going to go in, get CDL training set up, and you're wondering if you'll go through it all and end up without a job over something that wasn't explained to you. It's hard to trust what you're being told because you know that these recruiters can sometimes be like the Army recruiters--they promise you the moon and you're lucky if you even get off the launch pad. Just remember that if it doesn't work out like you hope it will with this company, there are plenty more out there. For now, just focus on getting your CDL training out of the way and getting a few pre-hires. That's what I'm doing (shooting for 6 pre-hires). Pick a number you are comfortable with and try not to stress out over things that can go wrong. One step at a time.

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-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.

Rico's Comment
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Well, I didn't catch that you've already had some OTR training! My bad.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I guess I just have to trust her, I think?

The trick is to ask for things in writing. If they'll put it in writing then you have something you can probably count on. If you have to take their word for it....well....you know....

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You can also ask to speak with one of their managers....especially if they won't put things in writing. Oh, and putting it in a signed email counts as putting it in writing. You can accept that too.

Scott B.'s Comment
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Company I work for does all background check and employment verification prior to giving out bus tickets and setting orientation dates. No one got sent home because of surprises or discrepancies on their apps. Drug test was a different story. Is this abnormal in this industry?

Brent B.'s Comment
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Here is the question I asked:

Just to confirm, I do not have to go thru the full school, even though I only have 2 weeks OTR training, correct?

Here is her response:

"Correct, you do not have any further schooling, just 4 weeks out with a trainer".

Is that enough, or should I push for specifics?

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.

Rico's Comment
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Here is the question I asked:

Just to confirm, I do not have to go thru the full school, even though I only have 2 weeks OTR training, correct?

Here is her response:

"Correct, you do not have any further schooling, just 4 weeks out with a trainer".

Is that enough, or should I push for specifics?

Since you already have your CDL , there's no need for you to go through school again.

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.

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.

Brent B.'s Comment
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Here is the question I asked:

Just to confirm, I do not have to go thru the full school, even though I only have 2 weeks OTR training, correct?

Here is her response:

"Correct, you do not have any further schooling, just 4 weeks out with a trainer".

Is that enough, or should I push for specifics?

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Since you already have your CDL , there's no need for you to go through school again.

Yes, I understand that. I am just concerned that there website says a minimum of 3 months OTR experience is needed to work for them. She said it would be OK, over the phone, but she won't confirm by email.

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.

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.

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