My Job History Is Destroying My Entry Into The Trucking Industry

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Karl A.'s Comment
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I have been a stay home dad for 8 years since I got out of the military, my wife has a good job but works many hours and we both wanted our kids, in the early years, "hands on" by one of us.. So now my youngest daughter is in middle school I want to get my own career underway.. I am only in my early 30s and I acquired my cdl permit early this month and my job history is destroying my chances at a career in this industry, I dont know what to do.. can anyone help?

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.
MRC's Comment
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Great Answer!

I hear you on the training, I'm almost positive that Prime is going to slam the door on you, they don't like voids either. I already have my license and endorsements and a TWIC card. Knight told me all I would need is a refresher, which I know I do need. It's the VOID, that is the problem. I ran my own construction biz for 20yrs., body started to go on me so I hung up my hammer in 06. My father came down with cancer around same time so I was a caretaker to him till 8/07 - filed for disability and got it 8/08 - wife had a bad reaction to carpal surgery, neuropathy set in Big time, she went on work comp and I was her caretaker till 10 - all this time I was also a homemaker/caretaker to our daughter. But wasn't getting a paycheck for it so, VOID! Have you tried getting a note from your wife and kids yet? rofl-1.gif My now 18yr old daughter said she'd right me a note stating, "My daddy took care of me", Funny Kid! Keep the faithgood-luck-2.gif

TWIC:

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Great Answer!

As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Hope this clears up some mis-information that seems like I am seeing here.

I went through Prime's training and know of several folks that was in the same boat as you guys are in and that cleared the way for them. Unless they have changed the policy, that should do the trick for you.

I would call and talk to a recruiter to clarify this, but that should be all you need.

Ernie

mountain girl's Comment
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Great Answer!

As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Ernie

You might even try getting notarized statements from schools, too, i.e., you were the parent volunteering, driving you children to and from, parent-teacher conferences, etc,. that they witnessed you working on, consistently because your wife was working and you were home.

How frustrating this must be for you. As a woman, my time at home with my kids has never been questioned but I guess Mr. Mom is still an unusual situation.

Good luck.

-mountain girl

MRC's Comment
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Hey Karl, I've already hit you on your other post, and if you look over your shoulder I'm in the same boat. Where the hell are the paddles?wtf-2.gif If you don't mind let me know, post here, what Co.'s you have tried. I know Knight and Prime are out for me so far. Thanksgood-luck.gif

Karl A.'s Comment
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Hey Karl, I've already hit you on your other post, and if you look over your shoulder I'm in the same boat. Where the hell are the paddles?wtf-2.gif If you don't mind let me know, post here, what Co.'s you have tried. I know Knight and Prime are out for me so far. Thanksgood-luck.gif

Well I have had 2 mom and pop companies in Florida that sounded like I was going to be brought on and trained but was told my job history was to big of an issue.. So now I am looking into the bigger companies Swift, Prime, Knight are all on my radar.. I would love to work for Werner but I dont want to get my cdl then apply I wanna work with my permit and get trained by a company I will be driving for if that makes sense..

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.
MRC's Comment
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Great Answer!

I hear you on the training, I'm almost positive that Prime is going to slam the door on you, they don't like voids either. I already have my license and endorsements and a TWIC card. Knight told me all I would need is a refresher, which I know I do need. It's the VOID, that is the problem. I ran my own construction biz for 20yrs., body started to go on me so I hung up my hammer in 06. My father came down with cancer around same time so I was a caretaker to him till 8/07 - filed for disability and got it 8/08 - wife had a bad reaction to carpal surgery, neuropathy set in Big time, she went on work comp and I was her caretaker till 10 - all this time I was also a homemaker/caretaker to our daughter. But wasn't getting a paycheck for it so, VOID! Have you tried getting a note from your wife and kids yet? rofl-1.gif My now 18yr old daughter said she'd right me a note stating, "My daddy took care of me", Funny Kid! Keep the faithgood-luck-2.gif

TWIC:

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Great Answer!

As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Hope this clears up some mis-information that seems like I am seeing here.

I went through Prime's training and know of several folks that was in the same boat as you guys are in and that cleared the way for them. Unless they have changed the policy, that should do the trick for you.

I would call and talk to a recruiter to clarify this, but that should be all you need.

Ernie

mountain girl's Comment
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Great Answer!

As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Ernie

You might even try getting notarized statements from schools, too, i.e., you were the parent volunteering, driving you children to and from, parent-teacher conferences, etc,. that they witnessed you working on, consistently because your wife was working and you were home.

How frustrating this must be for you. As a woman, my time at home with my kids has never been questioned but I guess Mr. Mom is still an unusual situation.

Good luck.

-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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I wrote an answer to some of Anthony C.'s questions about work history in his thread that you might also find helpful.

-mountain girl

Karl A.'s Comment
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As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Hope this clears up some mis-information that seems like I am seeing here.

I went through Prime's training and know of several folks that was in the same boat as you guys are in and that cleared the way for them. Unless they have changed the policy, that should do the trick for you.

I would call and talk to a recruiter to clarify this, but that should be all you need.

Ernie

Appreciate the input Ernie, I will look into that with prime

Karl A.'s Comment
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As for Prime, as long as you can get notarized letters from friends, neighbors, Doctors, etc they usually are good with that. Just to take your word for is isn't good enough.

Ernie

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You might even try getting notarized statements from schools, too, i.e., you were the parent volunteering, driving you children to and from, parent-teacher conferences, etc,. that they witnessed you working on, consistently because your wife was working and you were home.

How frustrating this must be for you. As a woman, my time at home with my kids has never been questioned but I guess Mr. Mom is still an unusual situation.

Good luck.

-mountain girl

haha yeah Mr mom is still kinda uhmm outside the norm.. I am 6'4" 215 lbs so I used to get some interesting looks from other moms when they figured it out haha... but its all good, I missed a lot of time with my daughters while in the military I dont regret the time spent at home for a minute.. Yeah I am fixing to ask some of the other parents to write some letters and I am assuming they will think (to themselves) on this on a few different levels :)

MRC's Comment
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Thanks Ernie and MG, I didn't mean to misinform, I heard/read it and should have checked it out myself before conveying along. I will also have to try your approach to the void. And yes, it was a job to be a home dad but I wouldn't change a thing. Thank You!!!!

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