1 Year Of Continuous Experience. Applications Getting Denied.

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Tone's Comment
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Hello, I currently have 1 year of verifiable Class A experience with a local company. I have been sending out applications , but I’m being told that they decided to go with another candidate every time.

I’m currently in North NJ and have even been applying for everything, including Class B jobs. Looking for some insights. Willing to relocate to another state if possible.

I do want to disclose that I have only one speeding ticket that was reduced to 12 over.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Companies are scaling back hiring, that ticket definitely hurts now more than ever. Just keep applying and see what happens.

BK's Comment
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You could try the company I drive for, JS Helwig and Son. They are located in Texas but have drivers from NJ.

We only do refrigerated freight, but you do not have to have done reefer before. I know they are still hiring. I’m currently taking a load from Elizabeth NJ, and go to north NJ on a regular basis. You might be a good fit.


A refrigerated trailer.

Old School's Comment
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Tone, about a year ago you were asking us about the ticket you got doing 20 over in a 70 mph zone. At that time you told us you didn't work for a major carrier. Today you only tell us your employer is a local company. That isn't much information for us, but you don't seem to realize why you're applications are getting denied with one year of experience.

For years we've been encouraging new drivers to start their driving careers with a major carrier doing an over the road job, or at least a major LTL company where you are regularly crossing state lines. Many carriers do not consider local driving as "experience." I know that sounds crazy, and maybe it is. It's still reality though. I honestly think this is what you're up against.

Hiring has definitely slowed. That only means trucking companies can be a little more particular about their hiring decisions. I'm quite certain your "experience" has a seriously negative connotation on your applications.

At this point you just need to keep applying. Hopefully someone will give you some good news. Otherwise it can only help you to stay where you are, put some more time between that ticket and applications, and try again during a time of high demand for drivers.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Over The Road:

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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