Work History Problems

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Matt J.'s Comment
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I am at the age and time Where I want to finally get my foot in the door in The trucking industry I recently applied to Prime for paid CDL training and I qualified for everything except for verifiable previous work history, i have a great background n driveing record I'm 25 years old and have never had a ticket I take pride in my driveing record but doesn't seem to matter with the paid training programs if you do not have verifiable work history they will not help you it seems like,.. few years back I hit a all time low n was homeless as a of the age of 17 didn't have help so I worked were I could to get by and struggling Trying to find stable jobs was hard here not only is this embarrassing because my young age when I was homeless I mainly worked day to day cash Paying GIGs while I could, I even tried to go to college for mechanic but short on cash and the student loans department Would always pay us late to keep going everyday forced me to stop, n I've been working few good jobs in the past years paid under the table to make more money my employers helped me out by doing this because i had been living out of my car while I workd hard and I want to get started and better my life but how can I get passed this work history problems I've had, recruiters have talked to my previous employers they could verify that I worked with them and I am a hard worker and are more then willing to help me out as much as they can but since I was being paid cash i can't get paperwork proving I was actually there I'm stuck and feel like the closer I get The further away I get any help or suggestions I am currently living with a friend n I want to get my career started now I have the time and some money saved to get my by while I go to training


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.
Mariah F.'s Comment
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I very recently had the same knock back from Prime. Don't get me wrong, if it works for you and everything, prime would be my dream company. A ton of people assured me, and they are right, that many other places don't require such an extensive work history.

I spent quite a bit of my time after getting my g.e.d. bumming around and state hopping, so I don't have a good job history, it's almost nonexistent in fact. (Keep in mind i m only 21, been outta school for 3 years) if I'd spent the whole time working I'd be set, but life's messy and it doesn't work out like that.

For me, I am now looking at a local private school, the one in Lebanon va, and possibly US Xpress after. Every situation is different, the best thing you can do is not give up and keep searching between companies. As someone told me (thank you a million times more everyone), you can't give up, and there are plenty of other companies that would be happy to have someone like you.

This website is an amazing place. Research, research, research. Ask ask ask lol. We're all here for you.

Prime is very picky, others will be more willing, as I said in many more words above, I'm considering the private school route and then us xpress. Loans and grants for trucking are generally easier to get, rather than normal school because here is such a high demand for truckers and loan officers know this and that you get paid better, so after school, there are also lots of trucking companies that will help you pay back your loans. Us xpress for instance will pay I believe 150 a month on school loans, up to $4000. For the school I'm looking at that would leave 500 for me to pay back on my own. Great deal in my opinion.

Lovey, again, as I was recently told. Prime isn't the only company out there. Look at your other options.

<3 good miles to all!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I totally agree with everything Mariah said. Just keep putting applications in everywhere you can and see who offers you an opportunity. If your background and driving records are pretty decent you should have no problem finding an opportunity even with the spotty employment record.

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