Work References Question. Please Help

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Justyn W.'s Comment
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I'm considering a career change and want to attend a company sponsered school. In my previous career of 15 years i resigned because i got burned out (sales). However, I made a bad decision and went back to that company several months later because I was kind of in panic mode about money. I resigned again, after a month, because I realized I had made the right choice earlier. Long story but I've been stuck in sales forever......hate it.....and have been a little hesitant to make that leap into the unknown.

Anyway, I have unfortunately pretty much burned a bridge with my former supervisor due to the second resignation. I'm concerned i wont get hired into trucking because of it. He told me if i resigned again to lose his number. After reading some of the hiring requirements im concerned now.

My g/f says I'm being paronoid. Her logic is that with all the truckers out there it's hard to believe that no one has had this same thing in their past, if not ALOT worse. I wasn't fired. I just ****ed off a former supervisor and lost the good reference.

Should i not bother applying. Its been over a year since my second resignation and this has been a major reason I'm reluctant to apply. I don't want to find out I cant drive because of something this trivial.

I don't use drugs. I have only 1 ticket in last 3 years for speeding, never had a dui or suspension and never been arrested.

What's the verdict. Thanks. Awesome site by the way. Ton of helpful info

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

ButtonUp's Comment
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Kind of a rushed reply here, but my personal advice would be to just apply online to the company you're interested in. That's the only way to find out for sure. If that doesn't work out, try another. I would be more worried about the speeding ticket, and even that shouldn't be a problem, in my opinion. I had one ticket in 3 years when I started and it wasn't a problem. Companies want to get you into their program.

Woody's Comment
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First off welcome to the forum.

Go ahead and apply, if what you are saying is accurate I think far more companies are going to accept you than turn you down. There are a ton of drivers, and people in all other professions for that matter, that have ****ed off a previous employer at some point. Just fill in the apps to the companies you are interested in. Make your follow up phone calls and be honest and up front.

I know exactly where you are coming from. I spent most of my life in sales and hated almost every minute. Can't tell you how much happier I am now that I drive for a living. Not to mention I make considerably more now dancing-banana.gif

Woody

Old School's Comment
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Justyn, it's not like they are trying to get a good reference on you. They are required by federal regulations to be able to verify what you have been up to for the last few years - this is to keep someone who has been training at a terrorist camp for the past few years to be allowed to get in a truck for malevolent purposes.

David A.'s Comment
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I just put in my application at Knight's cdl school and was not required to put references. Doesn't mean they won't ask, but I only plan to put personal refs.

Also, what about co-workers who are not your supervisor? Or how about all those clients for the past ump-teen years?

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.
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