Estes/OD/ABF in Portland OR? Opinions appreciated

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  1. GSOK

    GSOK Light Load Member

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    Applied to ODFL couple weeks ago and went to the job fair at the office today. Interviewer said the dept head interviews are next week, so hopefully they pass me on to that level and I can maybe get hired. Sounds like they need people. Wish me luck!
     
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  3. Lunatic Fringe

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    Best of luck! Did they give you any indication WHY they need people? That's a 180-degree turn around from what I experienced when I applied there. I'm wondering what changed. I'll never apply there again, but if a driver I know asks I'd like current info.
     
  4. GSOK

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    Not sure! He said they're 6 drivers short in line haul, and that some bid run guys are doing extra board work at the end of their bid runs if they have the time to help catch up.

    I haven't heard back, so I'm guessing the gap in my work history [took some time to use up GI bill and spend time with kids] is killing me. Time to apply to ABF and Estes
     
  5. RoadSideDown

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    At YRC in Portland I was told the recent hiring surge is due to the economic surge after Covid lockdowns were removed. Our terminal is way short of dock workers and drivers versus the flood of goods arriving. I imagine it is the same for all companies. Huge change with the 2007-2008 economic crash and another huge change after the Covid disruptions.
     
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  6. Irishtrucker

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    Normally if there is a job fair it means they are urgently hiring. I will be applying to them in the spring 2022 as I am relocating there. Be good to hear if they got back to you and how it went.
     
  7. HoustonTrucker

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    All of the carriers have been hiring like crazy most of the last year. Funny how all those "two years experience" requirements go away when they get desperate.
     
  8. HiramKingWilliams

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    FXF is hiring at $32+/hr in Portland. Amazing.
     
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  9. GSOK

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    Assuming you mean fedex freight? I hadn't even looked at them yet. Wow

    Currently have an application with ABF, that got at least to background check [which is clean], and shows up on their site as under review. Not sure if I should call them up to ask if there's anything I need to do, or just wait, so if any of you who have been through that process can advise, I'd be much obliged.

    ODFL never got back to me so I assume they had enough drivers show up for the job fair that there were several that were more qualified than me. Ah well!
     
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  10. Lunatic Fringe

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    I know two drivers who applied there this year. Driver #1 applied, got called in to interview and was told it would take a few weeks for them to do the background checks. He was in, "under review" status for 3 months.

    Driver #2 was, "under review" for about a week. Then he got the call. The day he was called Driver #1 got a, "thanks for applying but" email. Driver #2 has about 20 years more years of experience driving than Driver #1.
     
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  11. GSOK

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    Well, hell, I'm not waiting 3 months. I'll give it another week or two, I need a paycheck.
     
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