Getting antsy waiting to be paired with a mentor

Discussion in 'Swift' started by XenonOxide, Dec 2, 2022.

  1. XenonOxide

    XenonOxide Bobtail Member

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    I finished all my paperwork and got my drug tests cleared on Wednesday, got an email and phone call immediately asking me if I can start ASAP. I’ve been sitting jobless since I quit my last one in early October so I said I can start ASAP, they said “ok, we’ll find you a mentor.”

    Since then I haven’t heard back. I know it’s just been one day but I’m really getting tired of being jobless and can’t wait to start. I hope this doesn’t get delayed until next week…..
     
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  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    @XenonOxide --

    If by Wednesday....you mean....2 days ago?

    Dude....take a chill pill, already.....:confused: :rolleyes:

    BAD NEWS: Trucking, as a profession, is NOT a good place for the impatient.

    To recap: it's December.

    That means, "the holiday season is almost upon us". :reindeer: :santa:

    Thus, it can easily take longer than average to find you a mentor/trainer.

    A good one does not just pop in and out of a microwave. :p

    November and December are probably the worst 2 months of the year to start a trucking job--for that reason.

    A really good truck driver is always cool under fire. :cool:

    "All good things come to those who wait"

    --Lual
     
  4. XenonOxide

    XenonOxide Bobtail Member

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    I know, I know, my logical brain tells me I’m being way too impatient after one day. Still I just need to let off some steam. Being stuck at home is not fun, I keep telling myself I will get to read all the books I wanted to read during this break between two jobs… and I end up not doing it, instead just procrastinating.

    I need work and challenges to keep my brain active
     
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    @XenonOxide --

    Until proven otherwise--I think you're fretting over absolutely NOTHING.

    If you have been offered a job by Swift Transportation--let me offer to you my personal, "Congratulations!" :occasion5: :occasion6::occasion7:

    Given the current state of the economy and also the trucking industry--I'd say that's really as good a place as any (or maybe even better) to get started.

    In addition to the dozens of terminals and dropyards you'll have access to, for overnight parking--via both Swift and also it's "sister" company, Knight--later, after you put in some satisfactory work--you should be able to then transfer to other divisions within Swift.

    By that I mean--while you're at Swift--it would really be a great idea to sweeten up your CDL resume, by spending some time sampling the other types of freight that Swift does.

    At Swift, you can do flatbed, dedicated, reefer, dry van, intermodal, and I believe they also do some heavy haul, as well.

    You could spend some time with each of these types of freight--all without changing employers.

    That's actually a pretty cool setup/opportunity--when you really think about it....:thumbup: :cool:

    The more of those you try out before you exit Swift--the more potential income (and also, different driving opportunities) you can command, later.

    With what freight are you starting out? Dry van--or something else?

    Do you have any CDL endorsements, yet (tanker, hazmat, doubles/triples)?

    --Lual
     
  6. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

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    You're in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, tough time to get lined up with a trainer.
    Give it some time.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Is it a reefer outfit? Reefer outfits run hard during holiday season.
     
  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Get rid of the impatient attitude. It is going to drive you crazy out on the road... Trucking is all about waiting around for someone/something else... Use this as practice for that.
     
  9. XenonOxide

    XenonOxide Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the pep talk guys, just got off the phone with my driver leader and they said I’m the first on their to-pair list as I live the closest to the terminal, also that when they get a mentor we can be ready to go on the road in a few hours, and they’re trying to pair us before the weekend is over. Good to hear as I have a better idea of the timeline and when to start packing.
     
  10. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

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    If it’s taking too long and you’re a non smoker. If you’re willing to deal with it you should be able to find a trainer quicker if you’re willing to deal with a smoker.
     
  11. XenonOxide

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