Tentative 9/7/15 Prime Start Date

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Jessica A-M's Comment
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Well, I reapplied with Prime and was offered September 7th or 14th. No point in waiting so I chose the 7th. They need to run all my background stuff still but, besides bad credit my records are as clean as can be. My employment history does worry me a bit though and I'll have to remember to ask. I have been working the same job since 2012 and they only asked for 3 years of verifiable history but told me I'll need to show 5 years when I go to the school. Well, before this job I went to cosmetology school without graduation, before that I was fired from Wal-Mart after 89 days, before Wal-Mart I was on unemployment. Does anyone know how important those two years are going to be? My recruiter is supposed to call on Monday so I'll make sure to ask but, it's worrisome. I'm close to 3.5 years on this job, I'd hate for Wal-Mart to be the reason I don't get in.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Realist, I understand that Prime is a little more particular on the employment screening than most trucking companies, but the main reason for that screening is to verify where you have been and what you have been doing. This is a post 9/11 requirement from the FMCSA.

I don't see a problem with what you shared with us. I don't know why you were fired from Wally World but as long as it wasn't something really negative like theft you should be okay. The cosmetology school time period is fine just use accurate dates, and have some contact numbers available for the school so it can be verified. You should be able to list any time that you were unemployed, and just say I was looking for work from such and such a date until this date.

What you want to do is fabricate a complete time line with no missing dates. That's how they like to see it done. It isn't so much that they don't want gaps in employment as it is unaccountable gaps in time.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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Thanks for the answer. For my security license they wanted 10 years of employment/unemployment with no gaps and 10 years of addresses for government checks too so, I understand that. I don't know why I was fired from Wal-Mart either but it definitely wasn't theft or anything. I was told 'It isn't working for us, sign here, get your last check.' So, I should be okay there. I'll make sure to cover gaps and get those numbers. Thanks for the answer. I'm so excited to get started!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I know when I started they wanted the last 10 years of work history. If you don't know exact dates, should not be an issue. Just make sure to give month/year and you should be ok. Now if you do have times that you did not have a job, make sure to get signed/notarized letters from friends/family to cover the times you were out of work.

I know for sure there were a few folks that went to orientation with me that had that type of issue and that was all they needed to cover the time frame they required. But I would get something from your recruiter (in writing be it email/letter) to be sure that will do the trick for you. Some how whenever you get written confirmation from folks, you have less hassles because now you have a name/date etc to back up your claim. No more he said/she said drama.

Good luck getting into Prime. I know I really enjoyed my time with them.

Ernie

Jessica A-M's Comment
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They said they only required 10 years if I'd ever driven a CMV and I haven't. So, hopefully that's the case but I'll come prepared for it anyways. Being sent home for something silly would be silly. Thanks, Ernie.

I think I'd be able to make it at any company but I was originally interested in Prime food grade tankers after a year of pulling a fridge van. I might not choose to do that because I really want OTR but, who knows. With such a clean record, might as well use it to my advantage.

OTR:

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.

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Atl Trucker's Comment
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Hey I'm at prime now and they need 10 years if you are already a driver but other than that 5 years should be good and the want the last 3 years with the most info.

Joshua C.'s Comment
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Well, I reapplied with Prime and was offered September 7th or 14th. No point in waiting so I chose the 7th. They need to run all my background stuff still but, besides bad credit my records are as clean as can be. My employment history does worry me a bit though and I'll have to remember to ask. I have been working the same job since 2012 and they only asked for 3 years of verifiable history but told me I'll need to show 5 years when I go to the school. Well, before this job I went to cosmetology school without graduation, before that I was fired from Wal-Mart after 89 days, before Wal-Mart I was on unemployment. Does anyone know how important those two years are going to be? My recruiter is supposed to call on Monday so I'll make sure to ask but, it's worrisome. I'm close to 3.5 years on this job, I'd hate for Wal-Mart to be the reason I don't get in.

3 years is all they care about. I know that for sure. Your as good as gold

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
DaveDiesel's Comment
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Good luck! I hope things work out for you! looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Well, I discovered today that I can't lift 70 lbs to eye level and can barely make it to chest level and definitely not more than once. This is part of the physical so I'm upping my strength training. Why can't I lift the weight with my legs? Lol. I picked up a folding yoga mat that will fit in my duffel bag. Meanwhile I've got 16 days left to have all my belongings in storage. I will be using my mom's address while I drive. I'm also saving enough to pay the few bills I do have for three months. Just in case I don't get a trainer right away.

Does anyone know if Prime lets women train with men?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Old School went into some detail about lifting tarps in Sunshine's Official Update. Did you catch that?

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