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    Hey Everyone, I just got my CDL this last week, and now im in the job hunting market. Ive been reading some of the forums here and see alot of good comments. I was on their webite and didnt really see the info i was looking for. So hopefully someone here can answer my questions.
    1. Where are the hiring areas?
    2. Having a CDL already(noob CDL), what can I expect for training time?
    3. Does Prime have anything in the Seattle area?
    Any other information would be much appreciated, I have several intents to hire already, but Im having an extremely hard time choosing. So many options for Trucking companies out there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MONT74 View Post
    Hey Everyone, I just got my CDL this last week, and now im in the job hunting market. Ive been reading some of the forums here and see alot of good comments. I was on their webite and didnt really see the info i was looking for. So hopefully someone here can answer my questions.
    1. Where are the hiring areas?

    Hiring areas are fluid. Where we need drivers this week, may not where we need drivers next week. I would assume that Seattle is in the hiring area, but recruiting would know for sure.
    2. Having a CDL already(noob CDL), what can I expect for training time?
    40,000 miles with a trainer.
    3. Does Prime have anything in the Seattle area?
    I'm in the PacNW very rarely, however, U2Exit will be along at some point to answer this I'm quite sure.

    Any other information would be much appreciated, I have several intents to hire already, but Im having an extremely hard time choosing. So many options for Trucking companies out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MONT74 View Post
    Hey Everyone, I just got my CDL this last week, and now im in the job hunting market. Ive been reading some of the forums here and see alot of good comments. I was on their webite and didnt really see the info i was looking for. So hopefully someone here can answer my questions.
    1. Where are the hiring areas?
    2. Having a CDL already(noob CDL), what can I expect for training time?
    3. Does Prime have anything in the Seattle area?
    Any other information would be much appreciated, I have several intents to hire already, but Im having an extremely hard time choosing. So many options for Trucking companies out there.
    I'll answer what I can.

    1. No idea.
    2 Prime Career Path as a CDL holder, you go in for orientation, then get assigned a trainer, drive 40k miles (but this number may not be correct at the moment. I heard/read they were adjusting it upwards to 50k. Someone currently at SpringMo can probably get that information.) This can be done in about 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how many miles you and your trainer cover during that time. Based on 5k miles/week and no break downs, 8 weeks. During which you will be paid $500/wk for the first 4, then $600/wk for the remainder. This is because you already hold your CDL.
    3. Not sure on this one either. Also, if your trainer feels you need more time, you'll put in more miles.

    Your best bet is to call a recruiter.

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    Thanks guys, I think im gonna fill out an app tonight and give a recruitor a call on Monday. IM also looking at Watkins Shepard and Gordon.

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    Gordan does not hire new students out of Washington state

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    Yes they do

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    but only from 2 schools, 1 is Biddex Trucking School outtah Mt. Vernon

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    ok I live in Port Orchard, Wa and I am going to CDC out of lakewood, Wa and Gordan said they dont hire in my area maybe I need to ask again

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    yeah U should, my app has gone through recruitor already, and is in Management now, Problem is they dont have enuff trainers to train peops, so its looking like 4-6 weeks before anything will happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdsouza View Post
    ok I live in Port Orchard, Wa and I am going to CDC out of lakewood, Wa and Gordan said they dont hire in my area maybe I need to ask again
    I always loved the Port Orchard area. I lived in Bremerton for a year when I was in the Navy on a tin can. Some of the roughest water I've ever sailed thru was the Juan De Fuca Strait. I almost spilled my coffee.

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