CRST After 3 Months

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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I know this post originated a few years ago, but I wanted to post a comment because my circumstance relates to a small degree. I’ll begin by stating that I am a convicted felon with a sex offense from 2006. That being said, my past is just that, my past. Many of us have things we have done that were very poor decisions. This is mine that I carry with me. As to the original post, I am going to be starting my CDL training next month through a private, accredited trucking school using a government grant. I have been filling out applications inquiring about getting a pre-hire letter. CRST contacted me and is willing to provide a pre-hire letter. Recruiter said to call her when I am within a week of starting my training. She said they can do a pre-hire letter for me. With my background, I think that I am in a position that I need to take any opportunity given and run with it. If the company ends up being a poor work environment, well, I likely would have faced that in a warehouse job making far less money. I am single, no kids, good health, and enjoy traveling. I will run hard, VERY HARD, but be safe doing it. So, I think with my boyish charm, nice smile, and good attitude that I won’t have a problem finding success with CRST. After a year or two of experience, I’ll hopefully be able to find a company with a local or dedicated route and see where this journey takes me. I’d like to hear positive feedback from experienced drivers, as well as constructive criticism regarding any of my career plans. Oh, to any naysayers regarding sex offenders not being able to find trucking jobs... Not my first rodeo. I have worked in warehousing, so I know you naysayers are full of crap. Keep it moving and don’t stop to comment.


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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."


What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Sure, I'll give you some constructive feedback. How about a little humility and appreciation for people who are willing to take their time to help out? You show up out of the blue and introduce yourself by saying, "I'm a criminal, here's what I'll accept from you, otherwise shut up."

Not really an enticing prospect.

Instead of acting like our boss and approaching us like we owe you something, maybe you could take a better approach. Also, a sex offender who describes themselves as having a, "boyish charm, nice smile, and good attitude" sounds like a creepy predator.

Was that introduction part of your charming good attitude?

PackRat's Comment
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You're not worthy of any comments, Kerry, since it appears you think you have it all figured out with your warehouse background (whatever that will contribute to driving).

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