I could be wrong but the 160 hour refresher course you’re taking could make a huge difference. Insurance plays a very major role in who is hireable and who isn’t and many companies do require recent schooling if you have no recent verifiable experience. I don’t know if 160 hours would satisfy most companies’ requirements or not but it’s a good question to ask the recruiters
In your situation you might want to look for a class B type of driving job. Sketchy companies probably do exist but you would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire if you could even find such a company. A solid class B company would certainly be better and have less potential for disaster. Dump truck, Roll Off, trash truck, etc.
Maybe look for an in-state company. Any job with a reputable company like the aforementioned ones will get you experience and let you get back in the game after a period of time. It might take a year or two, but may be your best path.
BTW, why can’t you climb into a trailer? Might want to work on getting yourself in shape to do that, if possible.
Good luck moving forward.
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Scott, Why the heck are you looking for a sketchy trucking company. If you look in the wrong direction then you are going to create more problems for yourself. Why on earth would you ever look for sketchy anything? This is always no good. Take some advice from BK and go look for a class B type of driving job. You will get an opportunity. You just need to stick with it.
On Indeed.com and Ziprecruiter.com type "class A' into the search bar with your location provided in the location field. That should bring up some more companies with which to apply. Follow up your application with a phone call no longer than a day later. One of the applications will hit. If none of them hit, then there is something in your background that has companies/safety departments/companies' insurance terrified to put you in a truck.
Thank you all for your comments! It seems that having experience that's 20 years old just isn't appealing to trucking companies (or their insurers). I think if I'm a "recent graduate" then they can at least see that I was recently behind the wheel without killing anybody. A far a sketchy companies go: I'm sure some of them are really good at being sketchy. Maybe drive overweight and then start the trailer on fire if you get pulled over (that way you can burn off some of the over-weight, dodge some tickets AND get an insurance payout).
But seriously, I do appreciate the feedback and I did get some promising leads: (1) Starting out driving class B and working my way up to class A, (2) Driving for a Hot Shot company in their pick-up truck and trailer, (3) Driving for a Drive Away company (cars and class B), (4) Spending $100k+ and starting my own Hot Shot pick up truck company (hey, a guy can dream can't he?).
Anyway please keep those comments coming! And if there are any sketchy companies out there I would be willing to learn a foreign language and wear flip-flops if that's what it takes... And any non-sketchy companies out there feel free to reach out to me as well (my best selling point is: There's a lot worse out there!).
And a special shout out to the Trucking Truth High Road Training! That is an excellent tool to brush up on the knowledge side of trucking. The questions kept re enforcing previously discussed skills. If you're new to trucking I highly recommend it!
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So I've applied to over 40 companies and I'm having a hell of a time! I drove for 2 years over the road but that was 20 years ago. I actually got hired by a large company but was "Terminated" after two days of training because I couldn't climb into the back of a trailer. Now I have a termination on my Driver IQ and recruiters want nothing to do with me. I won't mention any names (thanks pumpkin ####ers) but wow, thank you sooo much! I contacted a "2nd chance" company and everything seemed very promising until I disclosed a felony from 20 years ago and now they want nothing to do with me (yeah, okay so I'm stupid but learn from my mistakes). I retained my CDL-A all this time and recently got my "X" Hazmat endorsement and I have a current DOT physical. I'm retaking a 160 hour CDL-A course to refresh my skills but I feel my efforts might be a waste of time on my part. I honestly just don't get it... How can the industry be so selective in their hiring process when there are so many drivers out there that throw garbage and bottles of pee out the window, run into other trucks and drive away, pull king pin release handles because some other driver somehow disrespected them, etc., etc.
So does anyone know a company like "SkirtTheWeighSta Trucking" or maybe "SketchyDriving4SixMos Logistics?" I'd damn near drive for free for the experience...
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