Are Companies Really Looking for Drivers?

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  1. hidden1

    hidden1 Light Load Member

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    From just a cursory observation, it seems that companies are starving for new recruits. In my early pursuit I have filled out several "pre-hire" forms, but get little or almost no interest.
    Typically when I send an email, I get nothing. Phone calls generally go to voicemail and mostly are not returned. Some companies that are not in my hiring area will not even entertain taking me on, although I will be moving from California to wherever I need to be.
    I have a spotless driving record and a solid, professional work history that--at least on the surface--would seem to put me as a desirable prospect.
    What gives?
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    Emails generally aren't answered. Best to fill out an application or even the "Short App" on many websites. This way, the correct person gets your information.
     
  4. hidden1

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    Oh, I have.
    Stevens? Not in the area. Don't care if I move.
    Roehl and Knight? Same thing.
    Prime? Did the short app and left msg. Nothing.
    There are others.
    I'm not saying I exhausted everyone, but I'm surprised at the lack of interest of the ones I have made the first step.
    Hats off to Wilson Logistics and TMC; they are definitely on it. Cool thing about TMC is that although I'm out of their hiring area, they can work around that rule by using my parents' Florida address.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    Some companies don't hire drivers with a California address due to silly rules on pay. California thinks they should decide how a company pays their employees.
     
  6. bryan21384

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    So you're going to TMC for sure or are they just having dialogue?
     
  7. Iowa80

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    New recruit... did you graduate from a school? I had several recruiters inquire of my interest. I bit on a few. The spiel is all good, but its a buyers market, I took my time looking at every offer and then made my decision.

    In all honesty the initial barrage of phone calls wasn't bad, and once I told them I was no longer interested, they left me alone... with a "if it doesn't work out, keep us in mind".

    Employers are out there... you have to find your fit. OTR are a dime a dozen, the footwork comes in handy in finding those Regional or local companies willing to hire. I found one.
     
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  8. Iowa80

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    A fellow graduate just hired out at TMC. Clean trucks, strictly flat bed... Your name is on the truck too. Ive heard great things about them... but flat bed can work ya'.
     
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  9. hidden1

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    So far just dialogue. I can't start until I retire this June, but the recruiter is really interested in me. I really like the company and its percentage pay, but I'm not particularly thrilled about flatbed. I'll do it, but not my first choice. Saying that, I hear from a lot of flatbedders who really love it.

    If they only did tanker...
     
  10. hidden1

    hidden1 Light Load Member

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    No, I'm looking for company training. I'll be doing my DOT physical and getting my permit soon.
    I don't have a problem with going OTR for at least a year to get the clout that can carry me on.
    Ultimately, I want to do tanker. Maybe I should just go to Swift as they are not too far from me. Most of my focus has been on better rated company schools so I can get a proper training.
     
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    Hence, one of the many reasons I gotta get outta here ASAP
     
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