Job Hopping

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by tow614, Mar 21, 2017.


    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Mobile, AL
    Veriha out of Marinette, WI.

    Was hoping to get my recent experience and afterward get a more consistent job if I can. Maybe Linehaul, trailer shuttle, or even yard switcher.
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  3. Steel Dragon

    Steel Dragon Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2015
    Im just a rent a trucker for the summer.
    If you pay me fairly,Ill be back next year.Im not accepting cheap wages from December till March.
    Just not worth dying for..sorry.
  4. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    Career change, more easier said than done.
    Schooling, funding it, paying outstanding debts that the trucking wage was covering,. etc
    Just like the number of trucking jobs one has gone through, I'm often curious as to how many different careers one has been through in a number of years. Hell, there are college students that change majors just as often as a trucker will change employers.
  5. militrucker

    militrucker Light Load Member

    Aug 29, 2010
    I have to admit that I unfortunately became a job hopper. Over my six years of driving I've been to 7 different companies and it finally caught up with me this year. Currently been driving with my current employer just over a year and a job I've been waiting to have a position open up for did. I applied and they told me to show I can stay with an employer before they would consider hiring me. So job hopping finally caught up with me and costs me a golden opportunity.
    If I could take back how I started off my driving career I would but now I just have to take my lashings and stick it out with my company. If your looking for the perfect driving job get out of trucking now cuz it doesn't exist. Every recruiter has promised me the world and once I was there I thought I was getting screwed. After I got hired on with my current company I took a good hard look in the mirror and determined that not every company was the problem but my hot headedness and impatience was. So before you leave your current company think about the reason. Some companies screw you none stop and it gets to the point you have to leave, but most situations can be talked out and fixed.
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  6. SundineM

    SundineM Bobtail Member

    May 18, 2014
    That is my point to the letter. Stop the lies at recuiting and job hopping will be reduced.
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  7. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Medium Load Member

    Feb 26, 2019
  8. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Medium Load Member

    Feb 26, 2019
    Promise me something and don't deliver?
    I'll quit in a minute.
    I put one duffle bag on my truck for just the occasion...when I tell the owner to eat dog poop.
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  9. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    You don’t owe these companies a #### thing.

    they do what they said they would and are good to you? Be good to them.

    They lie and play with your money? F em. Pack your bags and move on.

    BIF MALIBU Heavy Load Member

    May 21, 2010
    lake cushman wa
    i am gonna end my career after more than 2 decades at the same company
    i say loyalty to a trucking company is a fools errand
    big turnover every 3 years and many bad people
    after a year jump for more money. thats what its all about
    get that pension to go along with your social security
    get a life
    i am looking forward to staying home and detailing all my stuff
    i am gonna do ok
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  11. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I joined a fly by night company that was abusive to their drivers in dispatch. I was number 228 or so at the bottom when hired. 6 months later I was driver mid 30's out of 240. The senior 22 drivers will die there. The rest were replaced in 6 months.

    Company owners ##### about job hoppers. But they are the ones Firing newbies or otherwise problem drivers at the drop of the hat and they then turn around and wonder why so many have several jobs in a short time. This industry is destructive to drivers. No one fires the company owner or fires a dispatcher for being abusive. Even if they don't think they are.

    Ive had jobs for as little as 40 minutes when I discover just how #### it is. I walk on principle. Ive been blacklisted before when employers find they cannot get rid of me due to my savings. Cost them thousands in fuel making me think to wait a month on a load. I know how to wait patiently conserving my dollars. I also know how to ... stabotage a company that is very hostile. Cost them mountains of money to fix a problem like I did one time. I would not get away with it in today;'s DAC but they were a billion plus dollar annual business so that little episode only pinched them a little.

    When I find a quality company I stay for years. But that does not matter when you go back 10 years or lifetime and see I have had 20 or 30 companies, half of which do not exist anymore having gone out of business themselves for being so bad.

    Frankly I don't give a #### what the owner thinks. Im a good driver. if he wants me great lets go otherwise cya. And what a waste.

    I visited my highschool about 10 years after I graduated. I discovered the entire student body was silent. Hardly any converstation or horseplay (Lets put it that way) I talked to a few of them, some of whom were kids in kindergarden on my bus when I graduated, so they knew me and vice versa)

    Turns out the state staff has imposed so many nicky picky rules designed to enforce a quiet in the school. No horseplay no this no that no nothing. Gets to where its almost impossible to indulge in some joy and fun at all just sit still at your desk and hope you dont get sent to detention for falling asleep. These kids were dead. No spirit in them.

    I told one of my old teachers who were trusted about my observation. She laughed and agreed. But she stated that the State found too many horseplay or disclipinary problems and imposed through the staff a rigid system to iron that out.

    As long this industry fires any driver at a whim for anything at all, the owners will continue to piss and moan when a percieved job hopper shows up by the dozen.

    Sorry, no sympathy from me. They made a mess in their beds, they have to lie in it.

    When the minor offense firing STOP industry wide and you hammer out the whoospie into a quality driver maybe in a generation or so we will be something to be proud of. Other than the current apathy filled flip flop wearing piss bottle tossing job wrecking drivers.

    I have been on both sides of this problem. When a driver gets beat too much by a string of owners who don;t give a #### for 40 years then there will be no employee willing to give a #### at all. And then the owner is up the river without a paddle.

    It cuts both ways.

    //semi rant.
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