Bewildered....?

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Cynthia H.'s Comment
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For the past 24 years I have been in nurse in various settings. About 2 weeks ago, I gave it up to apply to Truck Driving School with a major company. The first recruiter didn't listen to a word I said, nor did she respond to any of my inquiries, so I contacted the company and asked for a new recruiter. She emailed me the application but my system at the time, wouldn't open it. So she sent it again in a different format so I could print it off. I filled it out and faxed it back to her.

I followed up with a phone call to make sure it actually came to her, which it did.

The ap was filled out completely and honestly. I have a clean record both in drug testing and driving. No criminal background and am a military veteran, honorably discharged. I did my job well.

The past 3 years of employment included a couple of moves due to divorce, so there were about 2 years of unemployment as I lived out of state and hadn't yet gotten the out of state nursing license to practice. At the time, my nursing career was beginning to burn me out so I really wasn't sure that I would continue. When I finally did, my life fell apart and I came home to the mid-west to heal and to find work.

But after this recent year of nursing, I have had enough.

My brother has been an over the road trucker for decades. He loved it and encouraged me to go for it. I always wanted to.

My quandary is that when I followed up on my application, "Kim" decided that I wasn't a good fit and I could re-apply in 6 months. Why on earth would I want to do that if I am not a good fit to begin with?

Sign me, very disappointed. Been studying for my permit........should I continue to do so?

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Hoofinit's Comment
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Cynthia, Try another company. In fact, call up a few and interview them. Don't stop at just one. There are so many out there. You didn't mention which company you spoke with but try Prime, Con-way Schnieder. A lot of company's pay for your schooling. This website has tons of info on it including CDL training program for permit testing. I have been studying it and find its the best one to really learn the material. Dont get discouraged. The trucking industry has a ton of jobs and they need drivers. Good luck and keep us posted. Happy Trucking, Maggie

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.
Mallory H.'s Comment
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I went to a driving school in my area, but before that I was accepted into prime for school. I was turned down by 4 companys solely because of my location. a lot of companies wont take on students from certain locations. and some have hiring bans... it just depends. I would go for as many companies as you can. and even try a school not associate with a trucking company as I did.

Cynthia H.'s Comment
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Thank you, Mallory. I can't afford to go to school on my own just yet. Right now I am unemployed so I can't pay for it up front like they would wish. Happy trucking though.

Christine P.'s Comment
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If u really want to go to trucking school..there are a lot of companies that will hire you and pay for your training and even give you a training pay after u get your cdl...prime is the highest paying for trainee pay 600 a week...but I just got email and they said 700

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.
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