Thursday and Friday of last week we were preparing ourselves for the upcoming tests we have this week. We're trying to jam in as much driving time as possible to get us well prepared. Basically, all day we just rotate from the yard to a road truck. I'm definitely nervous about the tests coming up, but I know I'm well prepared. I'm consistently driving very well on the road and my yard skills are well within passing range. I'm also about as well prepared for the "pre-trip" exam as I can be. So as long as I don't make any dumb mistakes or fold under the pressure, I should be an official CDL-A holder by the end of this week. Man, this training went by fast!
As some of you may have read in Brett's blog, I got a bit of bad news last week. My number one choice of companies who I had a pre-hire with and an orientation date scheduled, has cancelled all orientations and is on a total hiring freeze until at least April 1st. This was a major downer. I put a lot of time and research into this company and decided this was the best company for me. I'm not going to sit around and wait for them, so I've already accepted a position with another company and am set up for orientation with them. However, the company I am set up for doesn't have the greatest reputation around, so I've blasted out about 10 applications and am hoping to get pre-hires from a few more companies. We'll see what happens. It's not a matter of getting a job, it's just a matter of getting a job with a company I feel is a good fit for me. I also want to go with a refrigerated carrier as I think they will be the most stable during this economy. People still have to eat!
We will start off the week doing as much driving as we can. Then, on Tuesday we will take our pre-trip portion of the exam and maybe get started on the yard tests. Wednesday will be more testing in the yard and a few of us might take our road tests. Thursday will be finishing up the road tests. While I don't expect this to happen, if I should fail any portion of the exam, I will get 2 more tries to retake it. After that, I must wait 30 days to retake the tests. I feel that I'm above par compared with everyone else in my class, so I'm hoping that as long as the pressure doesn't get to me, I'll be completely done by mid-week. It's going to feel so good having this behind me! I'm ready to hit the road and start making some money!
Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and words of encouragement. I'll be sure to keep you posted on how my tests go!
Until next time, drive safely.