How to put in notice to company

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Clara3, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Clara3

    Clara3 Light Load Member

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    I'm not a brand new driver but it's been 11.5 months driving for me. I want to switch companies but I've been told that mega carriers (my present company is) don't honor a 2 week notice; they have you turn over the truck keys as soon as you give notice. How accurate is this information? It is in my ethical work nature to give a months notice at least, but this is trucking and it sounds like that is not common practice here. Any and all suggestions/advice/ex personal experience is very much appreciated.
     
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  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You don't have to give any notice as long as you turn in the truck properly, such as turn the truck in at a designated terminal. Tell the company you're leaving and where do they want you to turn the truck in.
     
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  3. Odin's Rabid Dog

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    I started at a mega. I resigned by phone, then by email, from 2800 miles out. I gave 2 weeks notice with the stipulation that I'd work with them around delivery of their equipment to where they wanted it left, which worked out for all involved. They even routed me home to unloaded my private belongings, and I live in a freight black hole.

    I think they appreciated that i worked with them on it and didn't abandon equipment.

    They added nothing away all to my HireRight report.
     
  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Some companies really appreciate the two weeks notice. But many megas are so afraid you will damage the truck or sell stuff off of the truck so they route you to a terminal immediately. In your situation, I wouldn't give any notice.
    Don't give notice until you are sure of the new job. Then, at a terminal, tell them by qualcomm and/ or email that you quit. Turn the truck in, take pics and get a signature that truck is damage free and go enjoy your new job.
     
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Tell em to take this job n shove it , u aint workin there no more!
     
  6. Clara3

    Clara3 Light Load Member

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    Lol
     
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  7. Ubu

    Ubu Road Train Member

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    I would ask for home time and once at home unload everything not essential for driving so you have the least amount of gear with you as possible.

    Then send them a message over the Qualcomm (or whatever your company uses) telling them you will be leaving.

    Personally I would give them 2 weeks notice and let them decide if they want to run you those 2 weeks or not. No sense in burring bridges when not necessary.
     
  8. Clara3

    Clara3 Light Load Member

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    I don't suppose they'd help get me home? The nearest terminal is about 4.5 hours from home.
     
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. Get home time, clean your truck out of everything except some changes of clothes. Then at that terminal quit.
     
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  10. Scooter Jones

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    What if the shoe were on the other foot? If you were the employer, what would you expect would be a reasonable time frame?
     
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