New guy here...well I've been stalking the pages off and on for a while. I finally took the plunge and have applied at every Dock to Driver position located near me (Streamwood, IL). I need a change and still want to be at home. I was wondering if everyone could share how long from the time you put in your application till the time you got a phone call for an interview was.
Just curious if this is a pretty quick process or if it will take some time.
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It will vary from company to company and even terminal to terminal within the same company. Are you going to wait for them or are you gonna call the terminal manager? What company is it? Are you hoping for P&D or linehaul?
I called the FedEx terminal and kind of hit a dead end. The lady on the other line seemed confused as to why someone would be calling her about an application. She kinda kept telling me that FedEx has HR call etc. I’ve applied at FedEx, old dominion, Estes, YRC. Multiple positions at different locations. I thought line haul would work for me. I love night shift and the added bonus of coming home works for my family life.
Each barn is different. By visiting you get to see if you hit it off with someone or if you'd hate working there. Some barns don't allow visitors, which says something also. This is not a step to skip.
At one FxF barn the gate was locked so I pushed the intercom and told then why I was there; they let me in to chat. At another one with no gate the guy wanted me back out right now, he seemed scared, told me to wait until HR lets me visit, never mind that I'm at the customer counter beside customers whose eyebrows are going up at his outburst.
Cross that one off. That barn was advertising for a new manager not long after.
YRC HR can be approachable if your app is close to what they want, but they also disappear sometimes and then pop back up and want something right now.
ODFL will polite you to death. Their rejection letters are written in California at a special sunshine monastery. Local managers have lots of say in hiring, so visit and wear your politeness shield along with professional clothes.
Estes is varied, they are trying to be more like Fedex and be HR driven, but don't have the staffing for it. Some places the office people will respond.
Also look at ABF, Holland (YRC sub), not sure if Dayton is there. And consider looking at transfer for food service, which is reefer linehaul. McLane, US Foods, etc
You can put LTL or food service into Indeed and find some companies you haven't heard of as well as looking at doubles on the highway. And some of them will use temp agencies who then post on Indeed.
I found Estes to be very proactive, at least their HR dept. I got a call from a recruiter the day after I applied and she wanted me to go in for an interview 3 days later.
The TM I wound up doing a phone interview with ( I couldn't go in person), completely lost interest when I told him I didnt have prior LTL experience.
so fill out all apps online, THEN CALL THEM in a day or 2. call them weekly as well.
back in my earlier years, i walked in, asked if they were hiring, i got sent right away for a drug screen, and then told to fill out the application, i was working that night.
another place, the same thing (nearly), i asked, got sent right away for a drug screening, went back, filled out the application (same day, i think this was on a friday) got called to go in on a sunday night, i was working.
things are much different now at many places.
With my experience, it took two days with one company (my current carrier)... After that, two/three weeks for FedEx Freight and USF Holland (respectively) all the way up to three months with USF Reddaway to land an interview after applying.
Some companies will contact you via a corporate HR prescreen phonecall, and others you get a direct phone call from the local TM after HR determines your resume is worth an interview.
After they decide they like you, be prepared to do a immediate road test (so dress semi formal but don't overdress). If you pass, some employers will probably send you to get the UA portion done and may even take your photo for a company ID tag.
Getting an immediate job offer doesn't always mean they are desperate for drivers, so don't be ready to raise red flags. Alot of companies have a strict driver to freight ratio and need that position filled to prevent service failures. It is not uncommon for a TM or hiring manager to try to check as many boxes on the first day as possible.
Most companies that I've talked to want you to start sooner than later... All companies I've talked to will allow a two week delay for you to submit your notice after they offer you the job.
Thanks Road Runner! Yea this is the dock to driver positions that I’ve applied for. I have no issues working for the team for a little bit before they send me to training or whatever. I don’t know if there is a rush to fill those spots since I don’t have a cdl. Probably not. Curious how many openings there really are at these locations. Every website has so many listed. I wonder if it’s one listing for multiple spots or if it is just for the one available spot.
If you don't have a CDL yet, most companies will require you to be employed with them for at least 6 months before they start investing back into you to get a CDL on their time and dime.
How fast you move up to a permanent driving position is all based on how many drivers your barn employs. Usually a terminal with more than 15 drivers will let you move up the ladder faster.
Any accrued time as a dock worker is almost always rolled over towards longevity when it comes to pay and vacation benefits. I.E. if you need one year to get a bump as a full time driver but work the dock for four months, you may see a pay increase after eight months as a full time driver.
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