How to go local (without experience)

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by road_runner, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. 900,000-tons-of-steel

    900,000-tons-of-steel Road Train Member

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    You should chill on insulting your fellow drivers, dude. The forum admin warned you about not less than a week ago and it serves no purpose. Pete is TRYING to help you, man. Many veteran drivers here don't HAVE to help newbies, they do it because they WANT to so please don't screw it up by insulting them and risking them not posting at all because it's not worth it to them because some green student is getting fresh. Let's get back to the task and subject at hand, shall we? How are you losing a lease if you don't have your CDL as of yet, unless you're speaking of your rental lease. If you don't care where you go and want to check out some good avenues go to Texas or N. Dakota. Several companies there are willing to train newbies but you better check with them first. Check the thread "So you want to work the Texas oilfields." I'm guessing the Schneider gig didn't work out?
     
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  3. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    The lie is they can all go find a local job or that most of them belong driving a truck
    and that any of them are truck drivers after 3 weeks in a school designed to only get them to pass at DMV
     
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  4. jgremlin

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    I said it was possible to find local work. I didn't say it was likely nor did I suggest it. I didn't say it was common nor did I suggest it. Neither I nor anyone else has suggested anything that would lead anyone to believe ALL students should expect to be able to find local work right out of school.

    If want them to have realistic expectations then you have to be honest with them about what reality really is. If you lie to them about what the reality is then you're not giving them realistic expectations. To believe otherwise is to say you don't really understand the meaning of the word realistic.
     
  5. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    so is that not what i was doing by saying it isn't likely
    i dont even see what i said that upsets anyone
     
  6. walstib

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    I found the killer local job 7 miles from my house I didn't know existed as they don't advertise...I'm home every night and making better than I was OTR and regional for a large carrier(probably the one you're referring to in MT...Does their name rhyme with Natkins Whepherd? hehe)...I was buying a truck out of paper and the guy happened to drive for this company, after 10 mins he had me on the phone with his boss and was hired on the spot...They also hire people right out of school...
     
  7. jgremlin

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    You must have a short memory. I'll refresh it for you.

    I said very clearly that getting local work with no experience is unlikely but it is possible.

    You quoted that and replied with
    Whether you're aware of it or not, your comments pretty clearly imply that its impossible to get local work and/or that new drivers should be told as much so as to give them 'realistic expectations'. So no, you were not saying the same thing. Not the same thing at all. I believe new drivers should get the truth. And the truth is, getting local work is possible. Not likely but possible. And I think new drivers should know that. I think it does them just as much of disservice to have them believe that local work is impossible to get without experience as it is to have them believe that no experience local work is commonly available and ought to be expected. Neither is the truth so both are equally bad to tell someone coming into the industry. Telling them a lie is never the right answer. Never.
     
  8. JEGX

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    I tried hard to get local,not where I live,this is my 7th week out,trying to work my way home,I have a wife and 6 children I miss terribly.Enjoy the driving but being away from them its just not worth the pay,I look on craigslist daily and still haven't had any luck
     
  9. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    Sorry about your rough patch of luck. Keep working where ya are, but keep looking. Again, a lot of finding something closer to home relies on the economy back at home. Best of luck to ya though. Best wishes to you and your family.
     
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  10. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    i will not get into an insulting war
    but realistic, possible, probable, impossible all mean different things
    realistic means to me there are more students looking for local jobs then the probability of them finding them
     
  11. cool35

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    It really depends on where you are, your driving record, work history, luck, etc. It isn't easy where I live, not at all. Back in the 90's it was a lot easier but now the local jobs are picked up by experienced drivers or the local ones that are available pay nothing.

    All I can say is, if you see a local job you want, go for it. Even if they want 2 years experience. Just apply everywhere.
     
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