My name is Rob. I've just recently got back to America from Thailand. I was there for 10 years teaching English as a foreign language.
I have a son there who just turned 4 years old, and his mother is Thai. I've come back to the states to get established here
so that I could bring my family here. I want my son to study in the USA.
The problem I have when trying to get into the trucking industry is that, in that time of being abroad, I did not have a driver license.
I'm here in Texas now, I have my license for 1 week. I want to get involved with OTR trucking but nobody is willing to hire me on
because I have no license history over the last 10 years.
Before I left the states, I had a perfect driving record. No tickets, or points, and no insurance claims of any type.
Also, I was registered to carry a concealed weapon. Which means I've been through a federal background check.
I brought those 2 things up to show that the only thing holding me back is that I have no recent driving history.
Is there anyway for me to get into the trucking industry without having to wait 1,2 or 3 years?
I miss my kid and my wife and would like to get them here as soon as possible. The only employment I'm finding is for minimum
wage and it will take me forever to save the money to bring them here.
Is there anyone out there that would give me a chance at this point?
Thank you for any advice or information.
Anyone willing to give me a chance?
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There are several companies that hire with no experience. Most importantly, you have to first be able to pass a DOT physical before you can even get a CDL permit, yet alone think about driving a truck. I would do a search online of companies that hire with no driving experience, then compare pay, benefits, equipment, and home time. As bad as the driver turnover rate is, companies have to have drivers to fill the seats of those empty trucks somehow.
My son was wanting to train as a new driver,but he's never had a DL, and even the training outfits he called required you to have had a DL for one year.
I know nothing of the economy in Thailand, but the US economy will likely collapse this year. In my opinion, going back may be a safer bet for you and your family.
What about finding a company that has bob tail trucks or a local delivery service that may be able to move you into a CDL position after you have gotten some experience with them and show that you are as good as you say you are, I don't mean to sound rude but you have to start out slow, I would suggest maybe finding a smaller company that may take you, I have not read if you had a CDL before or what but without training you will certainly need to get the training before you are given the chance to get in a 80000 pound bullet going down the road. Good luck with getting your family here.TRKRSHONEY Thanks this.
Last edited: Apr 12, 2013
I was unemployed for a yr in '08-'09.
my current, small, (less than 500 trucks) company never had a problem or asked a zillion questions.
it is not about national security. that's what they may say.
it's about the mega companies getting burned by sleezebags. money wise.
just need to explain it and see what happens.
My first question to you is: Did you drive in Thailand?
If so, did you get an International Driver's License? These can be tracked through the government database.
If you did drive in Thailand, you can get a history from their government. Many companies here in the USA hire foreign born-drivers from other countries. They don't have 10 years of history in the USA either!!!
Your best bet is to talk with companies that have a lot of freight and the ability to teach new drivers. Schneider is a good example. Schneider used to train new drivers, but now, they reimburse new employees up to $6,000 for their school. Talk with one of their recruiters and get it straight from them. I used to work for them in the 1990's in the tanker division. They are a better company now, than when I was there.
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