Bad timing?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by BreadMakesMePoop, May 6, 2020.

  1. BreadMakesMePoop

    BreadMakesMePoop Bobtail Member

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    Recently hired on at a company.
    All I've read is hiring freeze this and driver layoffs that.
    Freight is slow... freight is non-existent.
    Everyone fighting for scraps.

    Currently employed. Easy job. Hours aren't the greatest, but I'm working.

    Question is...
    Is this really a bad time to get back out here?
    Honestly feel like, as things open up here these next few weeks, everything will explode.
    Switching jobs in the middle of this madness doesn't seem like the smartest thing ever, but getting a job more to ones liking... IDK.
    Is it really feast or famine or just overreaction?
     
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    well the long time truckers on here will tell you if you just started driving for a company stick it out for the first year. Job hoping doesn't look good.
     
  4. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    My company said they had 30% drop in freight and got some drivers to take a voluntary layoff. They say some of the automotive freight might pickup next week. They said they are hoping they start making cars again. They said may 5 they were going to start up again. Then may 15 now I think say may 23. I don't keep track I don't do much of their automotive. I'm waiting to see when the bring back the 53 drives that took the layoff.
     
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  5. BreadMakesMePoop

    BreadMakesMePoop Bobtail Member

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    @FLtoOKBound
    This isn't one of those jobs that would make a difference, or even show up positive/negative.
    Something to get backing skills. Easy gig.
    Kind of a personal refresher. Keep the skills where they need to be.
     
  6. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    Of course they said that and screwed those drivers out of collecting unemployment.

    As for the OP, wtf kind of screen name is that?
     
  7. Sheck

    Sheck Bobtail Member

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    Haha that is a good screen name
     
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  8. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Tentative date on the first auto plants is May 18, same day shelter in place expires in Mi. They said it will depend on Suppliers ability to be up and running, beforehand. So far it’s all speculation.
     
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  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    They're still making ventilators.
     
  10. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    If you are loaded and rolling thats good.

    Yes it is feast and famine.

    No you should not make a big deal out of it. You big hero trucker you.

    I have seen many ups and downs in this life and this whole covid thing is for the birds. The sooner they eliminate the BS associated with it the faster we get back to what we were 6 weeks ago.

    The dying is horrific. 30 hours from then to now is pretty #### near 10,000. Thats like at least a carrier's worth.
     
  11. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    totally agree
     
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