Prime Is A No Go. (for Me At Least)

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Mariah F.'s Comment
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So I talked to a recruiter for Prime again.

He kinda pretty much told me to go work for Taco Bell for two years >.>

I have a spotty job history, where I am only 21. Apparently you have to of had a job for 2 of the last 3 years to work for Prime.

This kind of blind-sided me, not sure if it was because it wasn't posted anywhere or what, but, either way it caught me off guard and kind of broke my spirit and will to continue trying.

So, 9/12 i worked for a grocery store until 8/13. Since then the only job i had was at Walmart, for 3 weeks this last March. The job didn't last because I didn't have reliable transportation to and from work. (it's 30 miles from where i live).

My husband has been the one supporting us so it wasn't really necessary for me to work. Yeah yeah, say what you will about that. I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, as I've said many times. Job opportunities aren't available even if I wanted one.

So, I guess if you know a company that doesn't require such a stringent work history, let me know. I'm pretty bummed out about this, so please refrain from any smart-alecky replies.

Thanks guys, be safe...

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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That sucks... is there any way you could claim "homemaker" (or maybe a more modern term a little less "1950s") as your occupation during that time? I know when I was going through an employment assistance program, they would always tell people who had been away from the workforce for a while, raising kids or whatever, that they actually could list that as relevant experience on resumes because it required time management, conflict resolution, etc. I don't know if you have kids or not, but even if you don't, I bet there would be a way to incorporate that somehow...

Mariah F.'s Comment
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I don't have any kids, but right now I'm technically working for my grandmother, doing yard work and the such.

Prime requires you have 2 of the last 3 years, of a taxable job, or whatever. Meaning an actual job.... That pays taxes.

*tch* As far as I'm concerned, my dream dies here. I'm seriously just ****ed.

I just.. idk. I really appreciate this website, and all of the people on here. The High Road Training program is amazing, all of the helpful people are just so awesome. But, this is as far as I can take it.

Just let me call up Taco Bell and see what they say....

Good Miles to all.

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.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Oh come on now, it's not the end of the world! I'm sure there are plenty of other companies out there who would be willing to give you a shot. The requirements vary so much from company to company, and they all place more or less emphasis on various things, from work history to criminal history to past drug use to driving record. You can't just give up that easily! Look, I had a very shaky and scattered work history, I had worked three jobs in the last year alone, and moved around quite a bit before that. My history didn't exactly say "reliable." But I kept looking and applying at all sorts of companies, and eventually I found what turned out to be the perfect one for me. And look at me now! I'm out there! I'm doing it! I'm really, actually doing it! I've been driving solo for a little over a month, making great money, loving life, advancing my career little by little. It can happen, and if you want it bad enough, it WILL happen. DO NOT GIVE UP!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Mariah, you really are blowing this entire situation out of proportion. I never knew Prime was the only good company on this Earth.

Listen, you really need to toughen up. Almost everyone gets rejected at one point or another, what matters is the conclusion. Did you run away with your tail between your legs or did you rise back up and find another carrier to take you on?

You need to move on, Prime has a reputation of being super picky with their recruits and they probably reject hundreds of people every week. Old School was rejected multiple times before someone finally took him and look at him now.

I've always been a believer in things happening for a reason and maybe this is just that. Let the cards fall in their place but make sure they don't crumble.

Apply to all the companies, go back to the drawing board, there's a ton of companies out there that will love to have someone of your potential. You can do this, but the only one stopping you is you.

I assure you this isn't the only bump on the road you'll have to go through to become a solo driver. So rise back up from this temporary defeat and prepare for more.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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

Ernesto G.'s Comment
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So I talked to a recruiter for Prime again.

He kinda pretty much told me to go work for Taco Bell for two years >.>

I have a spotty job history, where I am only 21. Apparently you have to of had a job for 2 of the last 3 years to work for Prime.

This kind of blind-sided me, not sure if it was because it wasn't posted anywhere or what, but, either way it caught me off guard and kind of broke my spirit and will to continue trying.

So, 9/12 i worked for a grocery store until 8/13. Since then the only job i had was at Walmart, for 3 weeks this last March. The job didn't last because I didn't have reliable transportation to and from work. (it's 30 miles from where i live).

My husband has been the one supporting us so it wasn't really necessary for me to work. Yeah yeah, say what you will about that. I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, as I've said many times. Job opportunities aren't available even if I wanted one.

So, I guess if you know a company that doesn't require such a stringent work history, let me know. I'm pretty bummed out about this, so please refrain from any smart-alecky replies.

Thanks guys, be safe...

try CR ENGLAND

Mariah F.'s Comment
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TT.TT

I love you guys. Lol. I want so bad to do this I really do. I've been studying really hard, and I've been super hopeful about this.

It just busted me down a notch or two to be rejected. But you're all very right. I just need to buck up and do it. If something happens once I get there, at least i did my all. So, back to the drawing board.

I am still broke lol, so i need a company that has a cheap-to-free training program. I also really, really, REALLY, would like to have a pet policy. I've had some past issues with anxiety/depression, and i'm not sure i could sanely handle being on the road so much without a traveling companion beside me.

So, price and pet, that's the only 2 things i desperately need. Time to dig >:3

I love you guys so much >w<

Be safe!!!! <3 <3

Spanky FKA A.Meggs's Comment
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Mariah, don't get bummed out. I too was rejected, MANY times. I do know Swift will take references and statements from anyone you are working under the table for (they took mine as I gave been under the table for over three years) Also CR England which is the only one at the time to give me a chance due to some issue 16 years ago with not so much as a traffic violation since then (wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people) I know there are alot of bad things about CR (if you look up ANY company you will find negative comments and the ones on CR seemed to be majority newbie lease purchase which many suggest not doing when starting out anyways) but if that's all I can get to prove myself now I am trying to go all the way with them, when my time is up on the tuition contract then we shall see what happens. But keep in mind, filling out applications is not like a credit app, it's not going to hurt to fill out every last one you can, someone will take the bait, may take some time (and I have done ALOT of running around to court house and everywhere else to get needed documents and has taken over two months) but I am now heading off to school June 14th. I was about to give up as well but keep applying yourself and you will see the bobber blung under water :) GOOD LUCK Get what you can now and prove yourself, then watch many doors open in front of you later.

Andre R.'s Comment
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When I first started down this road I wanted to.go.to prime then knight then mc elroy. Fact is I thought I wanted them all. I was luck I went through a private school which was paid for via a grant. Look into grants they are out there for schooling. After school I was sold on mc elroy I applied and was rejected. I took that hit like Mike Tyson being hit by a toddler. I kept on going knowing that someone out there would pick me up. Since then I've gotten 11 prehire letters made the choice to go to a carrier went through orientation and ended up sitting because of lack of trainers. I was bummed but never let it slow me down from getting where I wanted to be and that's behind the wheel of a semi. While sitting and playing the wait and see game for a trainer I learned it would be a few weeks. Well...I'm not rich and needed to make money. I applied to 4 more companies and all 4 were willing to take me. I know my situation is different as I hold a class a but the point I am making here is do not give up. I have a motto and that's never give up and never give in. Part of that holds true but I have found there are time you may have to give in a little but never give up. If you do then they win. My number one choice rejected me but I now am a proud employee of knight. I will drive just as hard for them as I would anyone. So the moral is if you want it bad enough you will fine a way to make it happen. Brett had a great site here and the company sponsored training section here is worth it's weight in gold to someone like you search it high and low call them and ask all the questions you need answered.

Prehire:

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Deonte M.'s Comment
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I'm sorry to hear your situation. But can I ask do you know if the work history has to be in the same place for 2 years ? I'm turning 21 soon too but however I've been working since 2012 . The longest job I had was Sam's club and that was for a year but I left for an internship opportunity and I don't want that to mess up my chances for prime.

*history* Ocharleys 6/14-10/14 (left to go on road with my dad and learn trucking.) Internship 4/14-6/14 Sam's Club 4/13-5/14 (yes I realize dates over lap , I did both ) Ocharleys 4/13-5/13 La Cocina 4/12-11/12

What do you guys think my chances are of getting accepted to prime with my work history? I am also considering a job for the summer to earn cash to have during orientation. Thanks

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