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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Well heard back from Tyson foods today. Rather I called them but below is part of the email that was just sent to me 5 minutes ago.....

While I am super hyped about this, as most should know by now, this is basically a PRE Hire intention (letter) and can still be an iffy process. So lets hope everything goes smoothly in the next few weeks.

Dear Guy Hodges,

It is our pleasure to extend an offer of employment to you as an Pass Through CDL Job Group 7A at Tyson Foods, Inc. This offer of employment is contingent upon you successfully completing certain requirements which are outlined below.

1) Pass Dot Physical (See below for further instructions on medical requirements) 2) Receive a negative result on a DOT Pre-employment Drug Test 3) Verify eligibility to legally work in the United States (I-9's) 4) Successfully complete a CMV Road Test. 5) Successfully complete the application process as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Including but not limited to: Background Check, PSP, Work History Check etc.

You are scheduled to report for post offer, pre-employment activities starting on 09/08/2015. Contingent upon successful completion of these activities you will be begin orientation on 09/08/2015

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.

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.

Gladiator 76's Comment
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Congratulations! I'm not surprised though!

Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Good deal.......knock'em dead.......I know all will turn out just fine for you......Good luck....

Ernie

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Good deal.......knock'em dead.......I know all will turn out just fine for you......Good luck....

Ernie

Lets hope. I have not been turned away yet from any orientation I have attended. Will be nice to get onto a private fleet where the company makes money from selling their products instead of from their trucks.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Happy for you Guy. Hoping the best for you - you've certainly paid your dues!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Guy! I hope everything goes smoothly for you. How long have you been teaming with your brother? I know you drove solo for years, but that might be quite an adjustment going back after having a someone there all the time. I wish you the best!

Pat M.'s Comment
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Good deal.......knock'em dead.......I know all will turn out just fine for you......Good luck....

Ernie

Hopefully that is already done for him.

Max E.'s Comment
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Those private fleets seem like awesome gigs.. I hear Walmart treats there drivers very well also. I'm hoping to do transfer and regional type work with my company instead of local. It would be paid by the hour which is almost unheard of for regional work. They would be a private fleet and they also have overnight detention pay. Pretty much guaranteed 70 hours a week.. time and a half after 40 plus detention pay makes a good paycheck.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Congratulations, Guy! I hope everything goes smoothly for you. How long have you been teaming with your brother? I know you drove solo for years, but that might be quite an adjustment going back after having a someone there all the time. I wish you the best!

I started teaming in 2009. It's part of the reason why we have done so well with the companies we have driven for. Yeah it's nice having a second person around to help out or to even talk to. Especially to help with chaining up during the winter time. I doubt I will see east of Denver much and if I never see Wyoming again my felling will not be hurt.

Will be mainly running Tyson plant to plant and cold storages. Will be able to sleep at most of the Tyson plants which will help with parking.

I hope it turns out as well as I think it will.

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