Difficulty Finding A Trucking Company That Will Hire Me

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Angela C.'s Comment
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I got my CDL-A a few months ago after graduating from an accredited trucking school. I have hazmat , tank, and doubles/triple endorsements as well as a TWIC card. I've been applying to many different trucking companies (more than 50) all over the country, but so far I've been denied by all them due to inexperience, being outside of their hiring radius, or because of a felony conviction from over 5 years ago.

Notably, the companies that I've been denied employment with (that normally hire new CDL drivers) are: Roehl Schneider Swift Western Express Stevens Transport Knight Transportation Kreilkamp Trucking Werner Bison Transport P&S Transportation Braun's Express Hirschbach

If anyone can think of any other companies I should try applying to, or has advice about getting a CDL driving job, I would greatly appreciate it.


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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Where do you live? What was the nature of the felony?

Sandman J's Comment
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Did you use the application on this site? Fill out one app and it goes to many companies, some you might never had heard of that may give you a shot.

Angela C.'s Comment
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Where do you live? What was the nature of the felony?

I live near Boston, MA. I was technically convicted of the crime, although I didn't commit it. It was possession of child pornography.

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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Unfortunately, you were convicted, plain and simple. What is over 5 years? Many companies want 10 years or more, others want no felonies and others look at the conviction. I'm not sure how companies feel about pornography, unless it was pedophile pornography. All you can do is apply with our link and expect a LOT of no's:

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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I'm thinking that conviction wont be going anywhere soon/at all, even more so on the charge reason .....Good luck trying to move forward from that, but it might just be a career killer as a driver.

Trucker Kearsey 's Comment
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My company wants 10 years from end of sentence, not conviction date. Good luck

Pianoman's Comment
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If you really want to drive trucks I’d apply literally everywhere you can possibly find or think of. What about local construction companies? I would think a local construction company would love to have a worker with a class A and endorsements. You could get some experience there and if you don’t like it after 6 months to a year you should have enough experience to open up some doors for you OTR if that’s what you’re looking for. We don’t typically advocate to start local but in your case you’re going to just need to take anything you can find.

Another idea is food service companies like Sysco and US Foods among others. They are again mostly local opportunities, the work is physical, and it’s easy to hit stuff and screw up your career early on because of the nature of the job; but they tend to be more lenient in their hiring. Again, not something we recommend for new drivers but it may be your only shot.

Think outside the box. Any company that has class A vehicles, even if not a trucking company, is a possible option.


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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