Recruiters Are Busy!

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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Man, just goes to show that different folks get different impressions based on different recruiters. You shouldn't judge a company based on a recruiter - maybe they couldn't move their bowels the morning you try to call, and then come off a little ... cantankerous? With such large companies, you're bound to get at least a few individuals that don't do the best job of portraying a professional, congenial image. Had I based my opinion of the companies I was interested in from my encounters w/ the recruiter, Prime would've been number one, and Crete a low number five, with Werner, Schneider, and another company somewhere in the middle.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Nobody is getting back to me really, the one i have really got answers from was CR England so far. I don't think I have applied to swift yet, I'll have to look back through my emails.

Jay, I haven't gotten to know you yet on the forums since I was absent for a period, but might there be a reason you are not hearing back? Are you hire-able? Do you know what is on your criminal and driving record? Just a suggestion, might not apply.

Jay B.'s Comment
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No. I've gotten replies from every company within hours of applying, but getting back to the recruiters for more answers has been the hard part. I'm hearing prime is a month and a half out now for class openings so maybe they are really busy.

I'm 34, never had more than a speeding ticket in my life and that was 12 years ago, held a class c CDL for almost 5 years, never even smoked pot or even a cigarette in my life. Been working for the state 6+ years but was low man on the totem pole when they hit our department with $100k budget cut so they laid me off last week. Before that I worked 10+ years for the same company in construction until the housing market crashed in 07/08. I'd like to find a place to call home until I can retire and actually my wife likes the idea of driving team as "retirement" to see the country. So I don't think I'm unhireable.

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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That's good to hear Jay, I was just throwing that out there. Curious about the response Prime gave you. My recruiter told me all I had to do was give him a few days notice, and I could roll on over to Pittston, PA on any Mon or Wed (I think those were the days). Maybe that's because I wasn't heading to Springfield, and already have my CDL A.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

RedGator's Comment
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Jay have you applied to my company WEL Companies?

Jay B.'s Comment
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That's good to hear Jay, I was just throwing that out there. Curious about the response Prime gave you. My recruiter told me all I had to do was give him a few days notice, and I could roll on over to Pittston, PA on any Mon or Wed (I think those were the days). Maybe that's because I wasn't heading to Springfield, and already have my CDL A.

Yeah I'm starting from scratch so I need to go to Springfield :( I will be talking to the local driving school(southwest truck driving) tomorrow and if that will be faster maybe I can go through their school. After working everyday since I was 16 I'm already freaking out after 2 days off lol!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Nobody is getting back to me really, the one i have really got answers from was CR England so far. I don't think I have applied to swift yet, I'll have to look back through my emails.

I filled out an online application for Swift Sunday night and got and e-mail from a recruiter first thing Monday morning with a phone number to call her directly. She has been easily accessible by telephone and I spoke with her at length today on my drive to work.

I have to say my experience thus far with each of the companies I have sought pre-hire letters from has been positive and I have been able to gather a lot of great information. The one conversation I had with a Prime recruiter was positive, but in talking with her confirmed I would have to be able to life 70lbs over my head as a part of their physical requirements, and because of a broken elbow a few years back I can no longer lift that much weight. They do sound like a good company to work for though.

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.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Nobody is getting back to me really, the one i have really got answers from was CR England so far. I don't think I have applied to swift yet, I'll have to look back through my emails.

I went to CR England but after I got my CDL I left and went to Knight Transportation for Training. :)

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.
Jay B.'s Comment
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I guess they are pretty busy as my recruiter called back 2 hours after he was supposed to be off and answered all my questions and also let me know he has a slot open on Monday that I may be able to get into! He sent everything in to the school for approval and I call back tomorrow for final word. I'm not really looking forward to the bus ride but it is what it is :)

Richard D.'s Comment
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Don't let it get to you. I was utterly enraged after a recruiter spoke with me and gave me a tour of the facility then didn't follow up with me for weeks.

You'll get a random phone call out of the blue just like I did. Maybe even with an apology lol.

Now I supposedly have a position with New England Motor Freight after I complete my trucking school

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