Recently Fired And Am Looking For Another Company

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Christopher W.'s Comment
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My company had terminated me due to a x3 policy which involved a very minor backing accident(They caught me on camera bumping into a guard arm at a terminal), tractor getting stuck while attempting to hook a trailer, and a jackknife the very next day going about 20mph(Really icy roads).

Most companies simply refuse to accept me due to safety and insurance reasons, but are there any companies who would take someone who was terminated?

Also, recruiters are idiots.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Old School's Comment
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Also, recruiters are idiots.

Christopher, you may have just exposed why you really got fired. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but you are gonna have to check your attitude if you want to survive in the trucking industry. I was an employer for thirty years, and any time I had someone with a sour attitude I found it to be like an infection working it's way into all the other employees. I would usually make some effort at catching them breaking some rules so that I could get rid of them quickly without it costing me too heavily on unemployment taxes.

Christopher, three incidents is pretty tough to overcome. Now, I realize they were minor as far as you are concerned, but they may possibly speak volumes to someone in safety that has determined you are not very cautious and lackadaisical in your approach to protecting their equipment. A professional driver should be hyper concerned about protecting his license, his equipment, and his job. Your license of course is what allows you to work. Your equipment is what you need in order to be working. Your job is what provides you with work and, recompense for your labor.

Give a call to one of the recruiters at Western Express, be respectful and honest with them and they just might put you to work. Now, it may not be what you were looking for, but you have got yourself in a position where you really need to get back rolling as soon as you can, so take what you can and stick with it for about a year with absolutely no incidents then you can try to move on to something that you like better.

Hope you can get back on the road soon! good-luck.gif

Christopher W.'s Comment
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Thank you for the helpful insight, Oldschool.

I'm apologize if it seems like I'm carry a negative aura with me, but it can be tough to keep an optimistic attitude in an industry that stresses safety and punishes harshly. As I've claimed, most employers, including small mom'n pop companies, won't take me due to the serious nature that is jackknifes and rollovers. I've been taking shots at every major company out there as of lately and have still had no luck.

Now, I won't mention the name of the company because slandering attracts bad attention, but I was recently fooled out of my most recent job. This particular company was very polite and seemed highly interested in having me train with them to haul flatbed. I accepted and gave my job a weeks notice in preparation to leave for Tennessee. Come the day that my bus was arriving to leave for orientation, I received a disturbing phone call from their recruiters notifying me that they've changed their mind for my employment, even though they clearly stated that I was 100% eligible to drive for them.

This is a very sinking feeling to have after being betrayed by the words of a supposedly honest cooperation. It's a very, very bad thing to give your word to a future employee and turn on them in a last moment's notice. Through the entire process I was entirely polite, honest, and patient while carefully planning my future. And the worst part is that most companies share the same mentality when it comes to dealing with drivers that have an accident on their history.

I don't blame anyone else but myself for this outcome though. I've landed myself in a tight spot when I simply could have been just a bit more observant. I've always complied with safety regulations and have drove like my own parents were watching my every action, but I've messed up by passing up some small details that sometimes take experience to learn about. I do believe that I have good observational skills and a heavy thought for safety because I've been told many times before by instructors that ran me through courses after I had that backing accident. But will this change anyone's mind?; I really and honestly don't think so at this rate.

I will remain optimistic in hope that someone will eventually allow me to drive for them. Then, I can prove that I'm competent enough to deliver the level of professionalism that they demand. It's a harsh industry and even worse for someone with an accident on their record, but I'm not going to let that stop my career in its tracks.

Old School's Comment
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I will remain optimistic in hope that someone will eventually allow me to drive for them. Then, I can prove that I'm competent enough to deliver the level of professionalism that they demand. It's a harsh industry and even worse for someone with an accident on their record, but I'm not going to let that stop my career in its tracks.

Hey Christopher, it sounds like you're taking the right approach. I completely understand your frustration, I had a hard time getting hired when I first started out due to some things that weren't actually my fault. I got sent home from three different orientations that I had already endured the bus ride to. It starts to demoralize you, and you wonder if you will ever find someone who will take you on.

Hang in there, and just apply like crazy to as many places as you can. This is a good time to be applying because the demand for freight should be really strong right now. During the busier times, some companies will relax their standards a little bit to bring in drivers - hopefully you can get on somewhere and prove your worth to them.

Best of luck to ya! Trust me persistence is your best friend in this situation.

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