Prime Inc. 5 Year Work History. Only Got 3

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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It's absolutely nothing to worry about. Tell them your situation and you'll be fine. I applied to Prime when I was 22 years old. You think I had 10 years work history? Of course not.

They will just want to know what you did during that time.

Josh C.'s Comment
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^ he trains for prime so I would just take what he has to say and relax lol its all good.

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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They are required to gather the information by the government. Just tell them the periods of what was going on, unemployed, homeless. If your still worried call your recruiter on Monday.

Gary E.'s Comment
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I'm British and I only had 2 jobs since December last year and I was fine. As someone said though, try to have any unemployment time verifiable if you can, just in case they ask for it. A friend will do if they needed to verify that you were unemployed at anytime in the required history. NOT a relative though.

Good Luck

Richard D.'s Comment
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Back when I first tried to be a trucker years ago I contacted Stevens Transport who wanted a 10 year work history before they shipped me to their school in Dallas, Texas. I only had 2-3 years of history.

The recruiter told me to put anything I could to fill all the blanks.

Cutting grass for grandma, gardening for mom, volunteer work, ANYTHING so there wasnt a gap. Even of it was a lie.

I opted to be lazy and threw the application away and remained an armed guard/body guard for years until I graduated from trucming school last October 20th.


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Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Hey how you guys doing?

I'm getting on the greyhound the day after thanksgiving, start the process with Prime on Dec. 1st.

I was going over the website for the hell of it, and I noticed that they want a 5 year work history, but I only have 3. Everything has been verified and ready to go, I just don't want to get sent home because I don't have enough work history. Do you guys think this will be a problem?

I was homeless before I started working about 4 years ago, I spent my first year of adult life sleeping in the desert and bouncing around friends' houses paying them with an EBT food stamp card. Life is rough, I just want to have a good job and provide for my family.

Thanks ya'll.


I went through Prime's training program, was a trainer for them. They do require 10 years of work history for someone that has no prior CDL type of work history. But as Daniel pointed out, since he is much younger than most it was not required of him because he does not have that much history to show.

If you are old enough to be able to provide 10+ years of work history, Prime is required by law to collect said information. But, if as you say you do not have that much information then you will need to get letters from friends/relatives to verify the information that you lack that adds up to 10 years (or if you are young enough) to your 18th birthday.

I would do what you need to do to contact your recruiter on Monday to verify what I have just told you. I being much older than most of you young pups here (pun intended) I had to provide that 10 years worth of information.



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The Dude's Comment
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I think that policy may have changed. I went through the program just this week and it was only 5 years of non-driving history.

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