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Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by GShock75, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. GShock75

    GShock75 Bobtail Member

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    Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I came to this board a couple of years ago, and you all were super awesome in helping find a reputable company for my girlfriend that was new to the trucking industry (She went to work at Danny Herman Trucking and enjoys it there). I remember @JohnBoy and @Chinatown both being super informative, as well as professional and understanding, so I just wanted to thank them again for their demeanor.
    With that out of the way, My same girlfriend, who isn't really computer/internet savvy, has asked that I reach out to you folks once more for some advice. She has been driving now for DHT for the last 2 years, but she really wants to be a local driver, as all the newness and glory of being out on the open road has begun to lose its luster for her, basically she "wants" to be home nightly or something along those lines. She's a super sweet lady, but, unfortunately believes everything recruiters tell her, and truckers out on the road have told her that if she obtained her "Hazmat" and "Tanker" endorsements that LOCAL jobs would open up and fall out of the sky only to get the Endorsements and nothing happens. As someone that works in Engineering, I know this isn't always the case, Hence is why I am reaching out you folks for advice.
    We live in a small town here in Willis, TX and she is desperately trying to find something that is local, that allows her to utilize her license and endorsements (yes she has both Hazmat and Tanker), but still give her the option to be home every night, sleeping in her own bed.
    A couple of things I need to mention, and I don't know how much of a hindrance this is, but I know she only drives a "Automatic" as she says that's what she "qualified" on, and being that she's 55 now, she wants to be home more, lol.
    Again, any advice is welcomed, thank you in advance for your time and professionalism.

    G
     
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  2. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Locals don't usually have recruiters. Usually.
    They also usually run manuals. Usually.

    Garbage trucks have autos. Can't think of anything else at the moment. I'm not awake yet.

    If you have local ads. Start there. And unemployment boards.

    There's construction. Dump trucks. Gas haulers, oil. Milk. I haul food waste. Haz chemical haulers. Etc.
     
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  3. JohnBoy

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    Thank you for the kind words and I’m very glad to hear how it worked out for your girlfriend, stories like this gives me renewed faith in the industry.

    I’m not sure where exactly Willis Tx is, so I’m not familiar with the local market. I’ve read some folks mention tanker. I do know that most gas delivery where I live is night work. I would suggest getting in touch with Loves and Pilot/Flying J. They are always hiring as well and do train. The good thing about that deal is they leave the truck and trailer at the truck stop.

    It’s still early for me, I’ll check back in here later and see where the thread is at.
     
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  4. tscottme

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    Auto-only CDL is just a tiny hindrance for most of the industry. Auto-only jobs in the oilfield and heavy haul/oversize are very scarce.

    There are dump truck jobs almost everywhere, but she may or may not want to do that. I don't have a good feel if those are with autos or not.

    Fuel delivery is in almost ever middle size city. I've only been pulling HazMat tankers 2.5 years after 23 years pulling vans. I have an auto and I think autos are common in tanker, but I don't have the time in this segment to be very confident of that conclusion.

    With 2 year OTR there are home-daily jobs in most cities, but MAYBE not her/your city.

    Google trucking companies and your location and then research them thoroughly. She may have more options is bigger locations. But if I were here I'd stay at DHT and do a thorough search, then do thorough research on her few best options, and then insist on talking to current drivers at her best candidate companies before making a decision.

    I did home-daily dry van for a long time before my current job. At first, doing home-daily is great because you have a more normal schedule. But, compared to OTR, you trade the end of week or end of "out time" and the rush to get home to a daily rush to get home with much less time home before going back.

    Also, overtime pay is not required in trucking. There is an exemption in the law for trucking. So it's possible to work 60 hours per week and only earn straight time. Companies can CHOOSE to pay OT. And they can CHOOSE to pay OT after 40 or after 8 per day.

    Research pays off in spades in this industry. Don't move until her questions are answered.
     
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  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    There are tons of home-daily HazMat tanker jobs in the Houston and Galveston area if that isn't too far away from her.
     
  6. Brettj3876

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    LTL line haul gig sounds fitting for her if she can handle nights starting out. And once she's at top pay scale (~3 yrs give or take most places) 100k + isn't out of the question
     
  7. Chinatown

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    Transwood --> Click here --->> Apply On Company Site
    New Trucks!
    • No Endorsements Needed To Apply
    • We Will Train!
    • Class A CDL
    • Minimum Experience: 24 months, or 12 months and CDL school certificate
    • Good MVR
    • Must pass DOT physical, drug test and road test
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  9. scott180

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    I used to deliver fuel to some local trucking companies and when I told one that I knew a new unexperienced driver that was looking for a job they said no dice he needs one year experience to apply. When they overheard that the he was a she the hiring manager came out and gave me his number to pass on to her.

    Some companies are actively trying to recruit more women. Add to this she has experience and she may be in a better position than she thinks. Figure out where she wants to work and apply to those places. I’m sure someone will bite. Good luck.
     
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