If so, I’m really interested to talk with those of you who have changed your job in the last six months.
I’m a designer at Truckers Report and I’d like to do a small research project. I’m interested in: your motivations and reasons that led you to change your job, websites/locations you use to look for new opportunities, important job criteria based on your own experiences, what would make it easier to decide etc.
I’d love to speak with you one on one via call. The call would take up to one hour, depending on your free time and number of interesting topics we can discuss.
If you are willing to talk with me, send me a DM and we discuss in more detail.
I have a blessing from @bullhaulerswife .
Have you changed jobs within the last six months?
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my "motivations" were to get jobs that were with-in my area, and not across the country, where i would need to find a place to park my truck, when i got home
reasons for obtaining other jobs were many like, one placed closed, and i needed a job
or, i wanted better working hours (less working hours), and better health benefits or retirement plans
in the past, the local classified jobs section in the newspaper, was where to find jobs
if i knew someone they would tell me who was hiring.
many times, posted on a trucking company property, was "drivers wanted signs" where i got another job..
some time, you just walk in, and got hired, but nearly all want you to fill out an application online nowadays.
in later years, i'd get job information from many online sites.
my last job which i retired from, was found on Craig's List, and was there for just over 7 years.
i prefer dedicated work, over running the road, and maybe sitting until the next load, or being away from home.
i had a "regular" work schedule of about 8 to 9 hours, 5 days a week.
so in most instances under 45 hours a week, all paid on salary, not miles or hourly.
websites i did try but were unsatisfied with, were Monster, InDeed, Yahoo hot jobs, My Career Builder, as they ALL were geared up for the mega fleets, and certainly NOT like companies that i had worked for.
I think those websites get some sort of "commission" for every one that responds to them.
even a state unemployment office seems to have more OTR (over the road) jobs rather than local.
the better jobs, frankly, you get by word of mouth.
sorry, but i will not be making any phone calls.
hope some of this helped you
Thank you @buddyd157! Be sure it helped me.
a company that is not constantly hiring (we call that a revolving door company, or large fleet/mega fleets) does not need to pay people to entice you to work for them. they have better atmosphere, better pay, better equipment, benefits, and many long time employee's and actually can be difficult to get a job there, as practically no one leave.
"word of mouth", yes can be from friends that one knows from the business or relatives/family, that knows about jobs opening up/available. i never pursued any job from truck drivers talking about them at the truck stops.dominikmichna Thanks this.
Are you talking strictly about people who are changing jobs inside the trucking industry from one company to another, or are you also interested in people who are changing careers completely and coming into the trucking industry from another career? I'm a recently displaced IT worker that got laid off ( for the third time in my career ) at the end of May. I'll be starting CDL school on the 23rd of this month and finishing mid-December.
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