Big Changes Coming Soon.......hopefully!

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Heavy C's Comment
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So for a long time on here, and really since I've become a truck driver. I've heard from many people that Old Dominion is an excellent place to call home. We all know fellow TT member 6String linehauls for them and has nothing but great things to say. I've also talked to other drivers and heard the same things from them. So last week I decided to give the local OD terminal a call and go on kind of a fact finding expedition. Well I talked to the manager and we had a little conversation about a few things.

First I started by asking straight away if they had any positions open. To my surprise he said that he was just getting ready to post for a P&D driver. Pick up and delivery for those who weren't sure what that is. So I just said that I was interested in finding out more info if I could come in and talk. He told me to come in the next day at 0900.

So I went in to meet with Tony at 0875. Now like I said I was just goijng in to find out more about the company and the position they had. I was only looking for information because in all actuallity I'm perfectly happy with my current trucking job. There's nothing wrong with keeping your options open right? So like I said I went in just before 9. I didn't end up leaving until after noon time. I ended up filling out the first two parts of a three part application. We talked about a lot of different things and he basically said that he's ready to hire me right now. He liked everything I had to say and liked my attitude. He said that provided my application gets approved by corporate that I've got the job if I want it.

Wow all that just for wanting to find out info! Now it's just a waiting game for the corporate office to get with it.

Why is this a good thing? Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to when I'm done. No more overnights! Pay: three dollars more an hour than what I'm making now and that's just starting pay. And bennies are far an away better. And everything indicates the drivers at this location are very happy here. So really why wouldn't I jump on this!

I'm not trying to get overly excited yet but this would be fantastic if it works out!

Well that's all for now. I just wanted to fill in my TT family on what's happening.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Congratulations sir! I wish I had something like that in my area! Let us know how it goes!

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Wow that's incredible!!! Will be sending prayers up that the job is yours!!!

Trucktographer's Comment
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Grats.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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VERY happy for you! Doesn't take much to sell an OD trucking job. It didn't surprise me that as I continued reading, you mentioned how you filled out that app on the spot! Portland terminal I assume? Feel free to contact me with any questions OD. Never met Tony, but I've been up to Portland's terminal when they were still in the process of remodeling. Usually takes corporate 2 weeks to process the app. I'll probably be welcoming you to the family shortly. Again, congrats! You won't wanna go anywhere else.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Heavy C's Comment
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VERY happy for you! Doesn't take much to sell an OD trucking job. It didn't surprise me that as I continued reading, you mentioned how you filled out that app on the spot! Portland terminal I assume? Feel free to contact me with any questions OD. Never met Tony, but I've been up to Portland's terminal when they were still in the process of remodeling. Usually takes corporate 2 weeks to process the app. I'll probably be welcoming you to the family shortly. Again, congrats! You won't wanna go anywhere else.

Yes sir the Portland terminal would be my home. They have finished the remodel and the place looks amazing! There a just so many little things that made this place appealing. Like that new thing they're doing by giving people their birthday off paid! Who does that haha! Another bonus Tony said I can take advantage of for money is linehaul. He said I could volunteer to run Saturday linehaul down to New Haven CT for like .57 cpm. I like that idea too. Believe me if I have any questions I will definitely be hitting you up.

Another thing I wanted to mention was about something that happened during the interview. We were talking about my current job with Olympia. I told him that I wanted to be able to give my boss a proper notice when the time comes because like I said I really do like my job and the people I work for. Plus they are the ones that have me my shot right out of school so it was the right thing to do. He in turn said that he had tremendous respect for me by saying that. He said he hates it when people disrespect their employers by just up and leaving.

So piece of advice from this. Never bashing your company in front of a possible employer.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Heavy C!

As an Over The Road driver I just simply don't know a lot about that type of work. But here's what I do know. I run all the time up into the North East on I-81 and I-95. On any given day I'm going to see a lot of Old Dominion line haul trucks pulling doubles through that area. That tells me that those P & D drivers must be awfully busy, because they are the ones out there gathering up all that freight that those line haul drivers are moving down the interstates.

Best of luck to ya! You are gonna be real busy.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel's Comment
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So piece of advice from this. Never bashing your company in front of a possible employer.

That is one of the most valueable pieces of interview advice. I've never been told no when applying to a job before (on #15 with CRST now).

Also: Awesome, man!! I might see if I can be a trainer for CRST in 10mo myself. :)

My trainer has nothing but good things to say about me.

Heavy C's Comment
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Congratulations Heavy C!

As an Over The Road driver I just simply don't know a lot about that type of work. But here's what I do know. I run all the time up into the North East on I-81 and I-95. On any given day I'm going to see a lot of Old Dominion line haul trucks pulling doubles through that area. That tells me that those P & D drivers must be awfully busy, because they are the ones out there gathering up all that freight that those line haul drivers are moving down the interstates.

Best of luck to ya! You are gonna be real busy.

Bring on the work Old School! Unlike a lot of my generation I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. Also knowing that I get to go home at the end of the day will be even more motivation to get the job done.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bleemus's Comment
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Congrats! As 6string said in his thread you P&D drivers will hit maybe 15 docks a day so you will be an expert at backing for sure. Not saying you aren't one now but New England truck docks are famous for being made for horse drawn wagons and not 53' trailers. LOL.

Wish you the best on your career change!

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P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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