6 Years with CDL, companies won't hire.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by oldstrong, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. oldstrong

    oldstrong Bobtail Member

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    Hello
    I've been having my CDL-A for 6 years now but have never been over the road. I was working for a construction company driving dump trucks, water trucks, and once in awhile flat-beds. All this inside the job site & sporadically going to another job site 2 miles away.

    I've been applying for local driving jobs but won't hire because of the lack of experience over the road.
    They said I need 2 years minimum, (2200 miles a week) or a school certificate.
    Called the school, they said you don't need school as you already have a CDL, you need experience.
    So basically this is the classic "need money for college, need college for job, need job for money" theory.

    I'm trying to stay local in east Houston as I have young kids but I would do regional.
    I also have Tanker & Haz-Mat endorsements
    The point is how to get in?
    any suggestions, please?
     
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  2. boneebone

    boneebone Road Train Member

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    You need to take a refresher course through a OTR or local company that will be willing to train you.

    Unfortunately without any recent Class A experience your pretty much out of luck until you get some driving time behind the wheel.

    @Chinatown, he can help you.
     
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  3. misterG

    misterG Road Train Member

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    UPS
    Fed-Ex
    XPO
    SpeeDee
    DHL
    USF....Holland, Roadway, YRC
    Old Dominion....
    Or maybe a smaller local company.

    Most of the above listed companies have Dock to Driver programs that will get you experience and keep you local.
    Or might hire you to do yard work, and put you in a truck as they see fit.

    I'm sure that @Chinatown will along shortly to add help.
     
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  4. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Actually the cutoff is 10 years. Its what I am running into
     
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  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Food Service, beer delivery, dump trucks, garbage trucks, construction trucks.
     
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  6. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Lots of intermodal companies around Channelview/Pasadena. daycabs home everynight.
    Best transportation was good from Pasadena
     
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  7. Jenn72

    Jenn72 Light Load Member

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    FFE is out of Dallas. They have a refresher course and does regional and local out of Houston.
     
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  8. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

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    You have 6 years tell these companies you where a local driver doing 2500 miles a week nough said they wont know any better
     
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Labatt Food Service is now hiring for a Student Driver at the Houston location.
    Must have CDL or CDL Permit.
    You're basically a student because you don't have experience on the highways. Apply in person and your chances are much better for this type job.
    Click --->> Apply On Company Site
    Candidates are welcome to fill out an application online or in-house. For an in-house application, please visit us at the Houston Labatt Office located at 6650 Pine Vista Lane Houston, TX 77092, Monday-Friday 8:45 am - 3:00 pm. Must bring a valid TX Class A Permit or CDL and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
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  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Lynden Transport has "dock to driver" program in Houston.
    Not sure where the address is, but you can find it.
    www.lynden.com
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    In case anyone else is interested, Lynden has line haul jobs out of Houston and one is running teams or solo back and forth from Houston to Edmonton, Alberta Canada round trip.
    Click here for these---->> Apply On Company Site
     
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