Where Do I Go From Here?

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mountain girl's Comment
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I'm back in the application process. I'm still a new driver in training but not a totally new driver. I was thinking that when asked why I left Con-way I could simply say, "It didn't work out" or "It wasn't a good match" or something minimizing like that.

In part, it's a really bad season for Con-way to be training. Their high season is in the summer and they simply don't have the time to pull drivers away from delivery obligations to train new people. Ergo, I got very little time behind the wheel. Ergo, I barely had the chance to improve my driving skills and pass that part of the test. They did improve, but not enough. I ended up being a casualty of the high-season schedule.

I haven't officially been removed from the payroll yet, either.

Ok, this is getting too complex.

How do I answer this question when it comes up? I don't want to bad-mouth anyone. That just reflects poorly on me. ... ...

Suggestions?

-mountain girl

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Honesty and humility are what you practice to form what you say. You have read it many times here, be honest. Of course, in this case, just being honest can actually put you in a deeper hole when talking about a former employer because you will want to "say it like it is" and future employers may take brutal honesty as you b****ing about that company and decide you are a trouble maker, then take a pass. Put some humility in the mix and actually compliment some of the aspects of the other company as well as touch on some of the things you have learned and that will paint a better picture saying that it just wasn`t the right fit.

mountain girl's Comment
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Honesty and humility are what you practice to form what you say. You have read it many times here, be honest. Of course, in this case, just being honest can actually put you in a deeper hole when talking about a former employer because you will want to "say it like it is" and future employers may take brutal honesty as you b****ing about that company and decide you are a trouble maker, then take a pass. Put some humility in the mix and actually compliment some of the aspects of the other company as well as touch on some of the things you have learned and that will paint a better picture saying that it just wasn`t the right fit.

RT

Ok. Yeah, my arse has been humbled for sure. Truth is: the terminal manager even said it... He said he hoped he never had to have a training program run through the high-season again. Had I had the time behind the wheel that everyone envisioned in the beginning, I wouldn't even be here having this discussion. All I needed was a few more days to perfect my skills in the yard - like 2 or 3 - but he wouldn't even grant me that much. But that's the sum of if, really - trying to accomplish training during the high season.

-mountain girl

Terminal:

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.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ok. Yeah, my arse has been humbled for sure. Truth is: the terminal manager even said it... He said he hoped he never had to have a training program run through the high-season again. Had I had the time behind the wheel that everyone envisioned in the beginning, I wouldn't even be here having this discussion. All I needed was a few more days to perfect my skills in the yard - like 2 or 3 - but he wouldn't even grant me that much. But that's the sum of if, really - trying to accomplish training during the high season.

-mountain girl

I get that and from that statement on his part, you had no fault. He was making an excuse. Busy season or not, a good company will be consistent. Even more reason to go find your fit.

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Terminal:

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.

mountain girl's Comment
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...Busy season or not, a good company will be consistent. Even more reason to go find your fit.

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RT

Righton. Thanks! I WILL!

-mountain girl

Daniel A.'s Comment
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I think you can still find many jobs mountain girl you shouldnt have to much a hard time with applying to them, if your not as confident, do what i did today, i called 15-20 and found out im done for for a yr or so till time has passed. call up companies and tell recruiters your story or only what they need to know. youll know who to look at after you made some calls

mountain girl's Comment
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I think you can still find many jobs mountain girl you shouldnt have to much a hard time with applying to them, if your not as confident, do what i did today, i called 15-20 and found out im done for for a yr or so till time has passed. call up companies and tell recruiters your story or only what they need to know. youll know who to look at after you made some calls

Daniel A.

Aw ma-an. That sucks. I'm sorry to hear that. Don't give up. Maybe there are things you can do in the meantime, like work on a dock, improve your map-reading skills, etc. while you wait it out. Be good to yourself and stick around. This is a good crowd.

-mountain girl

Kai's Comment
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Do you think you want to remain LTL or do you want to go FTL (over-the-road)?

I con't know if you are in their hiring area, but check Knight Transportation/Refrigerated.

I don't know much about them, but you may check out Pride Transportation

LTL:

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
Kai's Comment
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Are you interested in a Motor Coach Training with Greyhound? Greyhound Professional Motor Coach Driving Training

Pat M.'s Comment
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How about some of these.....

I am not sure exactly what you are looking for but from some of your other posts, you would like to stay local if possible. There are many jobs other than OTR that you can get into. Not all of them are class A but they can pay just as well. I have listed a few that I spotted off of your local denver craigslist transportation jobs ads except the first two. Forget about the experience required. The worst they can say is NO. Some of these will also be a more regular/steady type of job year round. If you want to go OTR later in life you can always go through a refresher course offered by carriers.

Midwest Motor Express (actually have an opening in Denver) Sysco http://denver.craigslist.org/trp/4651370730.html CDI Denver General Air Direct Transport Services, Inc

Trash Truck Driver Drivers needed .CDL Class B required. 4 day work week. Guaranteed 40 hours. Please bring a current copy of your MVR and apply at 10420 E 106th Ave Brighton 80601. 303-288-5279

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.

OTR:

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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