Gambling For A New Job(Recently Fired)

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Christopher W.'s Comment
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Back in March, I was fired for a jackknife and given a misdemeanor for "too fast for conditions" since the roads were really iced on the exit. I have this plus another incident where I spun my tires into the mud at a DC yard. Being fired is highly looked down upon and in today's industry will make it impossible to climb back behind the wheel. I've been looking carefully for several months now and have been doing my research, but I'm still having trouble. I'm ineligible for rehire with my recent company, so I went to another big one who might be a bit more lenient such as Werner.

I'm really not trying to talk myself out of this since my current jobs from the time of my termination have been fubar. I'm just not making enough and I hate that my dreams of being a professional driver have been flushed down the drain. However, Werner wants to hire me, but here is the thing; I haven't told them about me being fired from my previous company or that I jackknifed. What I did tell them is that I had one accident with a single moving violation and they had to pull me off the side of the road(I was stuck). There was cosmetic damage to the tractor but nobody was hurt.

What I'm really afraid of is that Werner will call my previous company and retrieve every bit and detail about me. It's completely legal for them to disclose this information and it only takes a quick question to find out. There is nothing on my DAC report, but my past company still has a mouth-full is where I'm getting at.

This is a really big gamble that I'm wanting to attempt. If they find out, I won't get the job and it will be another strike against me. The odds really do outweigh my favor here and I'm highly concerned; yet there is nothing I can do unless I wait 3+ years for another company to give me a shot.

I don't believe that this is worth it, but maybe someone can convince me otherwise.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Hi Christopher, that sucks man. Here`s the thing, you must be honest with Werner and any other company you apply to. They will find out. I may be way off, but, I am guessing you are a fairly young guy. If so, you have plenty of time to fulfill your dream of being a trucker. This is one industry where doing the right thing can and does pay off. Don`t screw up your integrity by even entertaining the idea that withholding the information is a good idea. That will end your career in a bad way and bring up the red flag every time a company pulls your info. Be honest and apply to every company you can find. Tell them you screwed up and realize that more training will help you become a safe driver. Don`t give up, or worse, give in to dishonesty.

ButtonUp's Comment
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I would let them know it's a jackknife. I jackknifed a truck and totaled it and kept my job with them. I got a warning for too fast for conditions, though, no citations. Better to let them know up front. I mean, it does sound like you told the truth, just not in the simplest of terms.

Soulrider's Comment
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I would let them know it's a jackknife. I jackknifed a truck and totaled it and kept my job with them. I got a warning for too fast for conditions, though, no citations. Better to let them know up front. I mean, it does sound like you told the truth, just not in the simplest of terms.

Back in November, a similar jackknife happened to me. Long story short, only the co-driver and myself were the only victims that were able to exit the cab on our own freewill. I was suspended for a month just long enough for Werner to receive the report and fire me. I doubt they took into consideration that the load itself was virtually intact. When I made that phone call just to hear that, I was just at a loss for words. Here it is, 5 months later and still unemployed. I tried different companies and still got turned down and they don't wanna touch me because of this.

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