How Much Is TOO Much Info?

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Valky's Comment
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Hi all, after around 3-4 years of careful consideration I've finally decided now is the time to start seriously undertaking the task of getting CDL A training and becoming a truck driver. This is my issue and I'll give more detail if needed later.

After searching around online and thankfully finding this site, I have decided to make my primary attempt to get company sponsored training through Prime Inc. Before I filled out the application I called the recruitment number because I needed to ask about my criminal history so I wouldn't be wasting my time or theirs. I explained that 20 years ago I had a felony and would that be an issue. He asked what it was and how long ago and told me it shouldn't be a problem, go fill out the application and call him back.

One thing I was unsure how to answer was when he asked do I have multiple felonies. I honestly am unsure, which I told him, there were several charges and I really don't recall which were felony and which were misdemeanor. I put on my application pretty much exactly what I told him, the one charge I knew was a felony and explained in the app I was unsure of the other charges. A week went by and I called, he told me my driving history was fine, needed more info on the work because my company uses "The Work Number" and it's a pain to get info from them. I went one step further and got the info from "The Work Number" myself, sent it as an attachment in a reply to the recruiter's email requesting info. A few more days went by and still haven't heard anything back.

Monday I called and left a message for him telling him I wanted to confirm that he received my reply, what I sent and the contents should meet what he was looking for and to please call me when he can to confirm all is well. As of today, still nothing from him in the way of a response.

Now where do I draw the line here? When I was asked about multiple felonies do they mean in one incident or more than one incident, like multiple arrests and convictions over the years. I am worried that I may have overshared and made myself look worse, or didn't share that info soon enough and got myself thrown in trash bin.

Also I am anxious because while I want to appear interested and proactive, I don't want to be an annoyance either. If anyone has any general information they can share, or hopefully Prime specific information on how to handle this I'd surely appreciate it.

Also in being worried I applied for Roehl, Knight, and even Driver solutions. Arg .. what to do, what to do haha.

Thanks for reading

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Flln Halo's Comment
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Valky,

Hang in there, remember it is the holiday season and many are out of office for various holiday functions or vacation. Have to tried calling the main number and asking if the person is in the office? As for you felony and otherwise unsure record. Check the states [where incident occurred] Dept. Of Corrections or Dept of Public Safety, Crime Control Prevention [states use either name] website. The information is public record so you can easily search yourself and see the individual charges and convictions. I work for DPS and can search it for you if you`d like.....PM me with your info and I can pull the record that you can provide them [ completely confidential on my end, it`s not my place to advertise a persons history or judge them for mistakes made ]. I deal with convicted felons on a daily basis and see the struggles they go through in obtaining employment even if their history is as old as yours. I have seen people with some pretty rough backgrounds get jobs in the industry. Even have a sex offender driving now, granted his is on satellite based monitoring, so I can check him any day and any time, he still has to report to the office every 30 days....he`s done so without fail for quite some time now. His employer is well aware of his status and very cooperative. Don`t give up yet, even if one company doesn`t take you there are others that would be willing to. Definitely don`t let your past get in the way of your future. Forge ahead and contact the other companies. His lack of follow up may be an indication of what the company is like even after training.....first impression hasn`t been the greatest, but it may be him and not a reflection of the company as a whole [see what I mean about judging?]

Best of Luck to you.

Mikey's Comment
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Hey valk, I feel your struggle man, I to have had a rather hard time speaking with my recuiter there at prime as well. I chalk it up to mostly the holiday season. I also think that they probably also have a great deal on their plates and can sometimes forget to respond and then you add both of those together and well. It happens. So more then likely he is not blowing you off just super busy.

I also know how anxious you are. I myself have been approved and gotten an invite to orientation, but no start date yet.... I know my recuiter Grace is working as hard as she can to get me there just it seems like it is taking forever lol.... keep at it and hopefully you will find out soon heak we may even end up in the same class you never know.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Valky's Comment
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Thank you Flln Halo and Mikey for the words of encouragement and the advice. I won't give up haha I guess I just need to wait a bit more. As far as the checking my info that is a good idea, but I must respectfully decline your gracious offer as I don't believe anyone should freely hand out personal info online to people. But thank you so much for the offer!

Sandman's Comment
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Hey valk, I feel your struggle man, I to have had a rather hard time speaking with my recuiter there at prime as well. I chalk it up to mostly the holiday season. I also think that they probably also have a great deal on their plates and can sometimes forget to respond and then you add both of those together and well. It happens. So more then likely he is not blowing you off just super busy.

I also know how anxious you are. I myself have been approved and gotten an invite to orientation, but no start date yet.... I know my recuiter Grace is working as hard as she can to get me there just it seems like it is taking forever lol.... keep at it and hopefully you will find out soon heak we may even end up in the same class you never know.

As far as I was told from prime. Was that December and January are booked. February would be the earliest. I didn't care to much as that gives me time to get everything in order.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey's Comment
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As far as I was told from prime. Was that December and January are booked. February would be the earliest. I didn't care to much as that gives me time to get everything in order.

How long ago were you told this? I had spoken with Grace about 2 weeks ago and she was going looking into the 2nd or 3rd weeks of January? I have not gotten a confirmation on which yet.

Sandman's Comment
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As far as I was told from prime. Was that December and January are booked. February would be the earliest. I didn't care to much as that gives me time to get everything in order.

How long ago were you told this? I had spoken with Grace about 2 weeks ago and she was going looking into the 2nd or 3rd weeks of January? I have not gotten a confirmation on which yet.

Yesterday 15:00. As far as they let me know is was booked up. Don't how many people it takes to book up? I have February 9th it was scheduled today.

Valky's Comment
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Thanks for the replies. I was shooting for towards the end of January anyway so I could be there for my daughter's 16th Birthday.

Does anyone know the answer to the multiple felonies question? Example: If you were arrested and had multiple felonies on XX date of XX, then never in trouble again. Or I got felonies in 1995,1997,2005,2011 etc. I don't haha just examples.

Sean's Comment
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I would also like to know how many people it takes to "book" their week?

Greg S.'s Comment
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As far as I was told from prime. Was that December and January are booked. February would be the earliest. I didn't care to much as that gives me time to get everything in order.

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How long ago were you told this? I had spoken with Grace about 2 weeks ago and she was going looking into the 2nd or 3rd weeks of January? I have not gotten a confirmation on which yet.

Grace is my recruiter as well. Same as you I did not always get through and left messages. I called once a week and then followed up with an email. The main reason for calling was to follow up on my application, and then when it was approved reporting my progress for items that i needed to get done that we had discussed previously. Once i got my permit we scheduled my orientation and now heading out on the 2nd of Jan to start on the 5th. Patience and understanding that they are probably working 75-100 applicants at a time can keep you busy. I found with Grace that first thing in the morning is better than in the afternoon. One time i just called the general number and talked to the first recruiter that became available and they looked up my status and that is all i needed to know. Make the attempt and be persistent in talking to your recruiter at least once a week. Also sometimes all it takes is getting the permit to push you ahead and then things go alot quicker. Some of the companies did not want to talk to me until i had my permit and others were not interested if i was thinking more than 30 days out to start. There are many variables which determine where you are on the priority list. Also it shows them how determined you are as well. Just stay on their good side. It will make life whole lot easier. Keep us posted on how it works out for you.

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