Have CDL, no school, no OTR experience

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by NewBeginnings87, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. NewBeginnings87

    NewBeginnings87 Bobtail Member

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    Posting in behalf of my husband. His current job, which he's been at for 15 years, is being outsourced and consequently, he's being laid off. Prior to that job, he worked for a local fertilizer business, mostly applying but also some hauling, for 10 years. He had to have a CDL for that but it wasn't really a tractor trailer situation. He's hauled hay, grain, and fuel on the family farm, but that's not the same. He has kept up his license and has most endorsements (missing hazmat but he can get that back).

    The issue he's having, in pursuing a new career in truck driving, is he doesn't fit neatly into the categories offered on applications. He doesn't have experience to speak of but he also didn't go to CDL school. We're not even sure how to fill out online forms with the choices given. He applied with a company based here in Montana, that turned him down. If he didn't have the license they would train him. He told them he was willing to go through it anyway, and they said that wasn't an option.

    Any advice on how to approach this situation as we pursue a new livelihood? By the way, he's 65, in super great health, can work rings around much younger men, and nowhere near ready to retire. This layoff stinks!
     
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  3. Tx Countryboy

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    What part of montana? Flat bed ?
     
  4. Chinatown

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    Did he try Jones Bros. Trucking in Missoula? Call & have a chat with this company.
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    Western Express hires drivers in your husbands situation.
    www.westernexp.com
     
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    I know some others but they want experience.
     
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    Watkins shephard in helena used to but think they are Schneider now.
     
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    If he's being laid off, the state will probably pay for private cdl school to bring him up to date on current cdl rules & regulations.
     
  10. NewBeginnings87

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    Jim Palmer is the company that he applied with that said no.
     
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