Am I Wasting My Time?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Retired In Nevada, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Kabar

    Kabar Road Train Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Pell City Al
    RIN, I bet none of these companies took the time to explain this whole "worked in 5 yrs" thing. See Big Brother (feds) require trucking companies to gather info on you. And some of that info is where you have been and what you have been doing the last ten years. Did you tell them you where retired? If not next time tell them that. Also let them know that so and so can verify where you have been for those 5 yrs. Big Brother likes to know where all the little truckers are. It dosen't like it when we hide from him.:biggrin_25520:
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2009
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  3. kingsson

    kingsson Heavy Load Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    ROFL! The idealism lasts until about halfway through training.

    But if you are not afraid to work long and hard, keep pressing on. You are NOT too old, by a long shot.
    1pissedoffdriver Thanks this.
  4. C. Marshall

    C. Marshall Bobtail Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thank you, Mr. Buzz kill!
  5. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I spoke with a recruiter at Stevens Trucking today. He gave me a good idea that I can use with any recruiter at any trucking company to prove that I really have been retired the last five years:

    Show copies of my income tax returns to any trucking company with which I might apply for a job that asks for proof of my status and income during the last five years.

    What the trucking companies are really seeking is proof that a prospective employee such as I that hasn't worked all these years has not been incarcerated, on the lamb, AWOL from the military, dodging child support, whatever, right? My income tax returns would prove that I was simply a fat, dumb, and retired fart until I got screwed out of my life's savings, forcing me to come out of retirement.

    On any application for employment, the Stevens recruiter suggested that for the last five years of my employment history, I put down, "self-employed/investor".

    Do you guys concur with this assessment?
  6. kingsson

    kingsson Heavy Load Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    For once, a helpful recruiter! Did you say HE could help you with a job?
  7. luvtheroad

    luvtheroad Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Central Ohio
    I'm in the same boat as all of you trying to break into a new field. Altho, I was in trucking for as long as I can remember it wasnt as a driver. I couldnt get any type of grant since I wouldnt be a "displaced worker" I paid for my schooling with whats left of my savings. I knowingly started school when the trucking industry was in the toilet. Being optimistic I keep thinking that the economy will soon pick up and I'll be able to do what I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember---drive a truck. Dont give up. I retired two yrs ago and am older than dirt but I will get a job driving. Might not be right away because of the economy but I will and so will you if you dont give up.
  8. fromb2ana

    fromb2ana Bobtail Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    youngstown ohio
    reitred: Good to know that there is good news for you, tha is what I use to, self employed, I actually was, I just worke here and there doing home improvement stuff for a little extra spending money cause my wife had a bomb ##### job. Well, recently divorced, here I am. Hope it works out fdor ya.
    luvtheroad:Im in Youngstown and going through the local one stop employment agency, ever hear of it? I think Im going to get funded, didnt anyone tell you about them?:biggrin_25512:
  9. onemarbleleft

    onemarbleleft Bobtail Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Beautiful Idaho
    Hi Retired in Nevada,
    What trucking company were you talking to?
    I'm 54, going through a divorce, have been a housewife for the last 8 years, clean driving record, no trouble with the law ever, and Swift has accepted me. Starting school Monday. I just needed to send a notarized statement saying that I've been unemployed, haven't claimed un-employment ect.
    Also, Schneider in California keeps sending me emails to complete my app.
    Go to their website, it seems they are looking for oldie goldies like us.
    Good luck!
  10. 1pissedoffdriver

    1pissedoffdriver Account Retired at members request

    Oct 3, 2008

    The idealism lasts until about halfway through training.

  11. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    Howdy Retired In Nevada. :hello2:
    Welcome to the forums.

    After readin' your first post in this thread, with the exception of a few
    things, what you wrote coulda been me.

    I'm not married, have no DUI's, but I'm about the same age as you.
    As I sit here with around a million mile markers in my back pocket,
    I've been off the road --- sorta retired --- for several years and wanting to re-enter the truckin' industry,
    and I'm hearin' the same things you are.

    That being, go back to truckin' school
    Come to OUR little truckin' school
    WE'LL teach you ALL you need to know

    Well, ..... what I already know is to avoid those truckin' company schools ---
    ESPECIALLY now-a-daze.
    OH, sure, they'll have a drivin' job waitin' for me upon graduation,
    and a bill for trainin' that they want to be repaid, usually by deductin'
    an amount from each paycheck for a year or so.

    Which, on the surface, doesn't sound all that bad.
    And in the past, it probably wouldn't be. But today?
    I'm not so sure. :biggrin_25512:

    Back in the day, freight would run a driver ragged and there'd be decent
    paychecks. Today, the freight is down and so are the paychecks.
    We're readin' of newBees makin' around $200 --> $250 a week,
    after deductions for trainin'. And of that money, they're tryin' to
    live on the road --- leavin' little to send home to pay bills with.
    Livin' on the road can be VERY expensive for a newBee who hasn't learned
    how to stretch a buck....... yet.

    As others here have already mentioned, now-a-daze freight is slow and could
    get slower, and there's a glut of applications on recruiter's desks submitted
    by experienced Big truck truck drivers and desperate wannaBees all seeking the same few jobs available, ----
    Making this time about the worst time in recent history to attempt to enter
    the truckin' industry.

    To make matters worse, there are training companies who are
    taking advantage of newBees because they pay them less, thereby saving
    money and increasing their profits through training costs and movin' their
    freight for less. Such companies don't really expect their newBees to remain beyound one-year,
    if that long. They have a revolving door of stary-eyed newBees chompin'
    at the bit to fill a Big truck truck seat.

    However, if you're able to weather the storm, financially, until the economy
    heads north again, it could be a benefit for you.
    Today, a lot of drivers are experiencing a lot of sittin' and waitin' for
    a load and making fewer dollars as a result. Not good if they have bills mounting up
    back at the home-20, and mouths to feed. But if that isn't the case, sittin' and waitin'
    could be a blessing in disguise
    because ----

    Back in the day, when I wore the clothes of a newBee, I ran so hard that
    I WISHED the company would sit me for a day or so, so I could catch my breath.
    And even as an experienced driver I sometimes hoped the company wouldn't be
    able to find me a load right away. In a 10-year span, I can count on one hand
    the times I had to sit a day waitin'. And of those times, the longest was 2 1/2 days
    in Three Forks, Montana. And I loved EVERY minute of it there.

    Now-a-daze, drivers are often sittin' in the armpits of larger cities,
    and/or the middle of NoWhere, miserable and angry because
    they ain't makin' no money.

    What to do?
    Here's what I suggest and highly recommend ---
    Read ALL you can right here at The Truckers' Report. And I mean EVERYthing, even if you don't think it pertains to you
    at this time. You'll be amazed what you can learn without even realizing that you're learnin'.
    It's twue!
    It's twue!

    With the tid-bits of information you can garner here, you'll have a better understanding of
    the Big truck truckin' industry, at LEAST.
    And at most, you'll be ahead of many others who don't take the time to
    RESEARCH before they take the leap.

    There ARE truckin' companies to avoid, like
    C.R. England. And some of the others are hit-N-miss, in that some folks succeed there while others don't.
    When reading comments on the various companies, keep in mind ---
    With an OPEN mind, what all they relate. SOME folks wouldn't be happy no matter WHERE they are, while others are more

    I suggest reading:
    Covenant From A Wife's Perspective
    posted by the lovely Mrs. Redcoat about her husband's adventure with
    that company. It's VERY educational and VERY well written.

    Here at The Truckers' Report, there are hundreds of years combined experience
    betwixt all the posters. The greater majority of which are eager to be of
    assistence, and happy to do so. Personally, nothin' pleases me more than to
    read a success story. Makes my day.

    And you might want to follow ScooterDawg's accounts of his current training
    as he goes through it. He's an up-beat poster with, what I consider,
    a stellar attitude. And a good attitude, IMO, can take a wannaBee and/or newbee, and even an experienced driver, farther
    down the road of success than those who prefer to
    whine and complain.

    For SOME, Big truck truckin' is a pain in the buttox. And for some others, like me, it is more like an adventure to be enjoyed.
    Make no mistake though, truckin' is more of a lifestyle that you either love
    or loath. SOMEtimes, ---- both, ..... at the same time.
    Imagine that.

    Good luck, sir ----
    And best of success. :biggrin_25519:
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