3 Time Looser, CDL, Can't Get Chance. Any Ideas?

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Mark M.'s Comment
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I am a 3 time looser, and my most recent encarseration was almost 5 years ago. I have a lot of crap in my past. I am very much regreting my past, but am trying to change my future. I asked the school I went to before I even went to their program if I was going to have problems? I am tring to stay possative. All the big boys, SWIFT, Werner, Schneider etc. are shooting me down. Every time I try and find websites to find SMALL COMPANIES to try and get info on getting a chance, All the big asses bulldog the sites to promote their openings. The school has been very little help, as they got their money, and don't give a hoot now. Does anyone have any real ideas or suggestions? I have filled out about 50 applications already. Don't care what it pays, just want a chance to prove myself, and get training.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Have you tried CR England? They're known for giving drivers a chance.

Unfortunately, you should've gone through the pre-hire process before you even started trucking school to see if you were hire-able. I don't know your story, but any reputable trucking school would caution a potential driver if the driver's background could possibly prevent employment. Of course, the school needs to know this information to be able to even lend a word of caution, meaning the driver needs to be upfront and honest about their history. At my school, we were required to present a 5 year driving history, and criminal record history, to our school's director during the application process, so that they could be in a better position to inform a candidate that they might not be hire-able.

If CR England denies you, local might be your only chance. Local opportunities will vary depending on location.

Here's another thing to consider, you might just need to wait a bit until your history gets a little further behind you. Again, I don't know your story, but as an example, some companies will not consider a candidate with a DUI until they reach 5 years from having their license reinstated. Often, incarceration is treated the same way. You might have to wait a certain time until you're considered hire-able by some companies.

Pre-hire:

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

J.K.'s Comment
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Hi Mark,

I don't know exactly what you've got in your past but I've dealt with some stuff of my own these last few months of trying to find jobs. I was able to find some websites that showed company restrictions for hiring when it comes to background stuff. Jobsfortruckers.com is one. Driverrecruiting.com is another one. And another one is bestdriverjobs.com too. Like I said I don't know exactly what's in your background or anything but I know that some companies are more forgiving than the ones you mentioned that's for sure. Hope this helps! Good luck!

TopNotchTre's Comment
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I had a buddy get hired right off of parole with Transam... Another get Hired with May Trucking and his felony conviction was 3 years ago... Keep your head up and keep on trying! GL!

The Dude's Comment
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Carolina Cargo is known for giving drivers with hirability issues a second chance.

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