Application for Swift rejected

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  1. Larryrickenbacker

    Larryrickenbacker Bobtail Member

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    Howdy,

    Retired school teacher here. 58.7 yrs. old with two herniated discs, sleep apnea and bad hips. 5'10, 260 lbs. Feeling great. No back pain and hips feel fairly good. I excercise and lift weights regularly, but still have a weakness for Pizza and Potato chips. Low blood pressure (My Cardiologist recently cut my Lisinipril dosage in half) and passed my recent DOT physical. As for sleep apnea, only very recently have i begun to use my CPAP machine and I'm making progress, considering the machine's been sitting it's box for 2.5 years unused.

    Swift seemingly hired me and I attended my first Zoom class for permit training only yesterday. I did well and passed my 3 sections of homework with scores of 83%, 100% on section two and 96% on section 3.
    This morning, just minutes prior to the start of my second day of Zoom class, my recruiter phones me and tells me that Swift has rejected my job application, wouldn't give a reason, sorry for the inconvenience and goodbye.
    Can any of you veteran truck industry people give me some insight as to why Swift suddenly dropped me? As an aside I phoned Prime (I'd applied with them 6 weeks earlier) and informed them I'm now available and what had happened with Swift this morning. The Prime recruiter informed me that in view of my application being rejected by Swift, I should only call her after I have my CDL and at least 6 months experience and goodbye. I'd like to become a truck driver and am scratching my head here. I can't help but wonder if my age was the unstated reason for my application being rejected after starting Zoom permit classes. I welcome all informed comments. Thanks!
     
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  3. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    There goes my reply. Good luck
     
  4. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    Your health issues probably had more to do with it……your a workers comp case just waiting. (Nothing personal)
     
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  5. Larryrickenbacker

    Larryrickenbacker Bobtail Member

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    My DOT physical (Which I passed) made mention of my obesity and bad back. I was ordered to have another sleep test for CPAP compliance by the end of the year. You may be correct. Thank you for the reply.
     
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Well Larry it's not your driving record. Catch my drift. You would more than likely be a good driver with time. Keep banging on those doors. Good luck.
     
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  7. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    @Chinatown can probably help you find some place to get a job
     
  8. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

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    Gone are the days of the "driver's market." Less freight moving and greater capacity = those jobs people want are looking for any reason to not hire.
     
  9. Antinomian

    Antinomian Road Train Member

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    No. There are lots of drivers your age, including new ones. I was 52 when I started at Swift. Recruiters usually have a list of thing they can and can't accept. That's what got you in the door to begin with. Once you're in they do their background checks and the safety department makes the hiring decision. If you didn't conceal anything on your application then they must have objected to something that wasn't in the recruiter's script. Your medical issues do sound like a probable reason, especially the back problems. Truck driving can cause back problems so they may have decided against the risk. Lots of drivers use a CPAP. That's not it. I don't know what Lisinipril is, but Swift has doctors on retainer and one of them may have done a thumbs up/down about it.

    @Chinatown may have some alternate company suggestions for you. What city do you live in or near?
     
  10. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Freight is slowing down too. It is telling that Prime turned you down as well, they were looking for an easy way to let you down and the Swift story was the recruiter's 'out'.
     
  11. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    when i was WAYYY younger there were basically a few, VERY few trucking companies, that hired students

    1) Schneider

    2) JB Hunt

    3) Munson

    4) some reefer outfit (long out of business)

    only Schneider REQUIRED a full set of back x-rays.......

    and this is why, your bad back....you are a workers comp nightmare, and they would have never touched you

    now a days, sleep apnea is as big a deal as those back x-rays were then.

    i'd suggest some sort of surgical procedure to correct that back issue, cuz driving a truck is going to explode those bad disc's.

    good luck.
     
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