Duration Of A Pre-Hire Letter

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LunchBox's Comment
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Greetings,

I have been on this site more and more since I first gained an interest in trucking a few months ago. Should my interest continue to inflate, I will likely ascertain my CDL-A (with endorsements) in early 2016 (waiting for 1-yr DL requirement).

With that said, I will likely wait till year-end to request any pre-hires , or contact recruiters, but I was curious about how long pre-hires are valid for.

Until then, I will continue reading the lovely stories on this site, continue the High-Road Program and read my copy of Florida's CDL Handbook.

Thanks,

LunchBox

On an unrelated note, has anyone anything about J-Tech Institute in Jacksonville, FL. Their website says they do a 170 hour course for about $3000. Aside from T-Rex85, whom I'm still waiting on response from, I haven't seen anybody comment on them. Perhaps, I'll just have to stop by one day.

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Greetings,

I have been on this site more and more since I first gained an interest in trucking a few months ago. Should my interest continue to inflate, I will likely ascertain my CDL-A (with endorsements) in early 2016 (waiting for 1-yr DL requirement).

With that said, I will likely wait till year-end to request any pre-hires , or contact recruiters, but I was curious about how long pre-hires are valid for.

Until then, I will continue reading the lovely stories on this site, continue the High-Road Program and read my copy of Florida's CDL Handbook.

Thanks,

LunchBox

On an unrelated note, has anyone anything about J-Tech Institute in Jacksonville, FL. Their website says they do a 170 hour course for about $3000. Aside from T-Rex85, whom I'm still waiting on response from, I haven't seen anybody comment on them. Perhaps, I'll just have to stop by one day.

You don't have to have your dl for a year in Florida do you... But if your Going to wait you will want to get the pre hire just before you start school...

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.

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Florida State College Jacksonville CDL Course, is a longer course (320 hours/8 weeks), is LESS EXPENSIVE ($2,350) but is going to give a more well rounded education, lots more "road time" - and likely has their instructors certified to do the DMV tests.

I did an 320 hour course down here at a county Vo-Tech, and the extra 4 weeks was WELL WORTH the time spent (and my course was $ 1,900).

Versus the 170 hour course - while the minimum hours typically required, is just going to get you enough to get your CDL. You'd be WAY AHEAD OF THE GAME at your first hire - by going to the LONGER SCHOOL.

You also would want to check with the companies you're applying to, whether "J-Tech" is an acceptable school.

ALL county/state schools follow a "state mandated curriculum", which is pretty much universally accepted by trucking companies.

You would want to start gathering "pre-hire" in the 30 days PRIOR TO starting school (though you can start getting them just when you're starting school also, if you choose to go with the longer course). Companies will want a START DATE within 30-60 days of graduations - as much longer than that, you're considered "stale", and they would probably want a "refresher".

Rick

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

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.

Jim's Comment
member avatar

Greetings,

I have been on this site more and more since I first gained an interest in trucking a few months ago. Should my interest continue to inflate, I will likely ascertain my CDL-A (with endorsements) in early 2016 (waiting for 1-yr DL requirement).

With that said, I will likely wait till year-end to request any pre-hires , or contact recruiters, but I was curious about how long pre-hires are valid for.

Until then, I will continue reading the lovely stories on this site, continue the High-Road Program and read my copy of Florida's CDL Handbook.

Thanks,

LunchBox

On an unrelated note, has anyone anything about J-Tech Institute in Jacksonville, FL. Their website says they do a 170 hour course for about $3000. Aside from T-Rex85, whom I'm still waiting on response from, I haven't seen anybody comment on them. Perhaps, I'll just have to stop by one day.

Trucking can be a rewarding career, LunchBox. I've held a variety of roles in the trucking industry - driver, driver manager , and recruiter. Here' what you need to know about pre-hire letters. They're useless.

A pre-hire, by law, can only ask certain questions - questions that pertain to your driving history. The pre-hire cannot ask questions relating to criminal history. And while this may not apply to your situation, it basically renders that pre-approval useless. Pre-hire letters do not 'guarantee' you a job. A pre-hire letter is a recruiting tool used to bait candidates. I know of no trucking company with 100 or more trucks that does not at some point make you fill out their online application. So save yourself some time. Find the 3-5 companies that interest you the most. When it's time, go ahead and apply to all of them. Go with the company that fits your needs the best. Hope that helps.

Sincerely, TruckLuck.com

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.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Truck Luck, I don't recall seeing you in here recently... so, let me welcome you.

But this is not a great way for you to get started in out forum:

Trucking can be a rewarding career, LunchBox. I've held a variety of roles in the trucking industry - driver, driver manager , and recruiter. Here' what you need to know about pre-hire letters. They're useless.

Please don't come in here touting your experience and then make a statement like that about Pre-hires. They are very useful, especially for folks who have got some hire-ability issues. We know full well that they don't guarantee a job, and we tell people that all the time, but to say they are useless shows a lack of understanding of the purpose of the whole process. We have a section on Understanding Pre-Hires here at our site and many new folks coming in to the industry have benefited greatly from understanding the purpose and intent of the pre-hire letter.

We are glad you're here, but we expect you to be factual with your remarks. Our whole purpose here is to help new entrants into this business gain the knowledge and understanding of how to make a good start in this business, and stating that a pre-hire is useless to them only muddies up the waters for someone trying to figure all this stuff out.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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In my limited experience this far, I'd say pre hire letters are very important. The companies I've spoken with and have pre hire letters from have already conducted phone interviews with me, confirmed my employment history and references and a couple have even gone as far as to ask me why I want to leave where I'm at. I currently run expedite in a straight truck and they see that I make a decent living, so it's an extra question they've asked to make sure it's something I want to do and not just jumping from company to company.

Look at it as your first interview, be professional and honest on the phone and realize when you speak with them that you're not the only person they will speak to on that day. Give a great first impression and something for them to remember you by in a positive way, it's your first step, your foot in the door. Once you arrive on site for their training, they already know who your are and if you've made a good impression before arriving, your reputation will precede you. After that, it's put up or shut up as you learn about their company and show your potential as competent driver and an asset to their company.

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.

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

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I believe truckluck joined the forum as a way to promote their website. I do see that their website link has since been removed from their handle name and bio page - understandably so.

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