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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Rocky2020, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Rocky2020

    Rocky2020 Bobtail Member

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    I'm planning to go to CDL school in the next month or two and I'm putting together a list of companies that I'd like to apply to. From what I've heard, it sounds like my best bet is to specialize from the beginning. I've been going through job postings and (understandably) the better looking jobs are wanting 6 months to 3 years experience. I'm trying to avoid taking a job only to count the days until I have enough experience to jump ship to a better company. I'm in over my head, so I thought I'd come here to ask the experts.

    I'm in the Springfield, Mo area. I have a family so I would like as many weekends and holidays as I can get. Home daily would be nice but I haven't seen much out there. I'd like to go after the higher pay as soon as possible (tankers?). I'm trying to stay away from foodservice and probably flatbed right now. I have already talked to Dot transportation and plan to contact Transland. I'm struggling to find tanker companies that take someone straight out of school.

    If anyone knows of good companies around the area, or just has some general guidance, your input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. jinxutoo

    jinxutoo Light Load Member

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    What kind of money are you wanting to make? Do you need benefits?
     
  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Home daily isn't impossible but I wont lie and say that it's plentiful. Even with experience it can be difficult to find local work. You are in Springfield, what did Prime say? You may have to run a little on the road just to pad your resume. I would advise you, be open to all opportunities.
     
  4. Rocky2020

    Rocky2020 Bobtail Member

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    I'd like to end up at 75k or so. Benefits are nice but not necessary.
     
  5. Rocky2020

    Rocky2020 Bobtail Member

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    I haven't contacted Prime, I'll see what they have to say.
     
  6. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    You aren't gonna make 75k working at Prime unless you start robbing banks on your 30min break.
     
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  7. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Hell 75k is not that easy to come by with most OTR companies. Probably the upper 10 percent at best
     
  8. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Medium Load Member

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    You may not get lucky enough to get all your wishes right away. But don’t run and job hop. A majority of jobs have requirements but once you get a clean 6 months a lot opens up with a year most of the industry opens up for you... but you gotta keep a clean rec
     
  9. jinxutoo

    jinxutoo Light Load Member

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    I can give you some insight to DOT Transportation.
     
  10. Atlaw4u

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    @Chinatown could probably list some additional companies that are not on your list.
     
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