Fresh out of the penitentiary

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by big_rig_ambition, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. big_rig_ambition

    big_rig_ambition Light Load Member

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    right now i dispatch taxi cabs in little rock. its a straight dead end job.


    in the past i have worked for AT&T, Verizon, and Bell Helicopter as an IT guy...those days are long gone.
     
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  3. georgeandson

    georgeandson Heavy Load Member

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    you need to find some small ma and pa shop for training. first go get your cdl. this isnt the only training place. find another. one that doesnt give a sht about your past and wants your money an lets you figure getting your own job. then go looking for a job and some small ma and pa shop who needs drivers to work for cheap and your in.
    Immigrants do it every day. they come here with no papers and get a cdl and get a job and make money. you too can do it. just keep looking.
     
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  4. Emulsified

    Emulsified Road Train Member

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    I'd look for another school if I were you. I currently am training a student that graduated from there. His skills are good and they trained him well, but the price he paid is about twice what other schools charge.
     
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  5. big_rig_ambition

    big_rig_ambition Light Load Member

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    DDA def wants my money, and i figure the 5 months training time will give me an advantage over a 4 week school when it comes time to hire me.

    i am going to follow a lead with the hwy department this week also.

    one way or another this will pan out.
     
  6. zebcohobo

    zebcohobo Vincent Van Gopher

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    Check this site out http://www.smart-trucking-jobs.com/findatruckingjob.html
    It has a list of companies that hire with a felony conviction and how old the felony must be before they will consider you. I think Millis Transfer would hire with a felony less than one year old. I'd go on to school and get the CDL then find work with a construction company hauling equipment. A lot more otr companies will hire a felon if you have at least 1yr experience. But then again local experience often counts for nothing. But you may find your way in with a Mom&Pop and get your experience there. You know, when you put yourself down on paper, as in a resume or application, companies only get to see what's right in front of them. If you can apply in person then, you have a better opportunity to sell yourself, to make a good impression, to let them see you as a person instead of just what's on a piece of paper. You know you have a tough row to hoe but this America, the land of opportunity. If you want it bad enough you can get it. It just won't be as easy for you. But nothing worth doing is ever easy. Good luck man. And congratulations on your continued sobriety.
     
  7. big_rig_ambition

    big_rig_ambition Light Load Member

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    yeah they want 10k...i will probably wind up paying about 4k after financial aid. this is acceptable to me.
     
  8. 7122894003481

    7122894003481 Bobtail Member

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    $10k? Do you get to keep the truck when you graduate or something?

    Thats insane. You can get your CDL for a few hundred bucks.
     
  9. Emulsified

    Emulsified Road Train Member

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    No one cares if you've been to a 5 month program or a 5 week program. Insurance carriers want you to have 168 hours of training.
    Every starter company knows all you've done is get a license. You don't know how to drive. They will train you.
    They don't care if you have previous experience, or 2000 hours behind the wheel.
    Look for a PDTI certified school. Check the communitiy colleges. Look and see if you're eligible for state or federally funded retraining.
    As far as jobs? Check out local cement companies, beverage distributors, gravel haulers, dump truck operations, delivery driver for local printing companies, look for O/O for moving companies.
    Good luck.
     
  10. 1958Pete

    1958Pete Light Load Member

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    I worked with a trucker at a logging company, 10 years or so ago. He had done 10 yrs in the LA penal system. He got his cdl on his own. The owner knew him and and gave him a shot. He's mostly driven log trucks, gravel trucks, pump trucks and the like for local companies thru the years. But he has been working and making a living. He works hard, takes good care of his family, and stays out of trouble.
     
  11. end of the road

    end of the road Heavy Load Member

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    10k for a good school is okay, but it should be a good school. One that will teach you more than just how to pass a road test.

    Arrested
    Convicted
    Served Time
    Over? Not quite. So much for paying your debt to society.

    If the penalty for doing a crime is doing the time, then why is there a record that prevents you from moving on in your life after paying the price. It is like they are repressing the people who have made mistakes and been caught. There are far worse people who have never been caught.

    I wish you luck, you are going to need it and some perseverance.
     
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