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  1. RoadandRock

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    Hi. A few weeks ago I finally made the decision to start trucking school. Oddly, the day after orientation my wife caught COVID and we ended up quarantined for 2 weeks. The school worked with me and I've been in class since. Spent several hours in the yard learning pre-trip and driving techniques, backing, etc.

    I'm in the Harrisburg, PA area and the instructors are telling me to go out and start talking to hiring managers before I have my CDL. That seems odd and so far I've gotten mostly rejection. Everyone seems to want drivers with 1 - 2 years experience. I'm not complaining. It seems to me that good opportunities come at the right time for the right reason and pushing my way around never worked well in the past. So I'm ok being patient while learning more about this new career.

    I'm on here now as my instructors mentioned that Truckers Report is a good place for information and hearing what other drivers think about the current industry.
     
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    Your instructor is correct; tell us what type job you want and we'll put our knowledge together and find it for you.
    Lots of great drivers on this forum that will help you.
    Will your wife ride with you?
     
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    To be honest I don't know what I don't know. After reviewing many adds on Indeed, I realized that many companies are not providing details about the actual type of work they need. They have benefits and qualifications, but 401k, 1 year (preferred), Class A CDL leaves me wondering. If I had to take a stab at it, dry bulk tanker for feed mills seems interesting, or perhaps flatbed.
     
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    Check out this reefer outfit. Terminal in Temple.
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    Home - Premier Refrigerated Transport : Premier ...
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    CDL A Drivers Apply Now. Feel like you’re part of a real team, and never too far from time at home, no matter where your job takes you.
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    YRC Freight has a terminal in Carlisle. This is a Teamsters Union job and health insurance is free for the driver and his family.
    Same company just hired a friend of mine here in Las Vegas. He has a CDL but hasn't driven since cdl school 10 yrs. ago.
    Average pay the first year runs $65G
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    100 Roadway Dr, Carlisle, PA 17015
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    Submit online applications before any phone calls.
    You can start submitting applications now; don't wait until you graduate.
    You'll get job offers contingent upon graduating from cdl school and having any required endorsements.
    Get all the endorsements, including hazmat. A hazmat load can be paint or fingernail polish or cases of car engine oil, like you buy in Walmart, etc.
     
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    XPO Logistics is hiring in Harrisburg.
    I know the ads say 6 mos. experience required, but sometimes they do hire a driver right out of school.
    Several drivers on this website have been hired by XPO Logistics as new cdl school grads.
     
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    Penn Mar Transport
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    No experience required.
    Hauling for Amazon.
    Compensation: Starting pay $24 per hour + benefits, OT available.
     
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    Is White Oak Mills the one you mentioned; feed hauling?
    419 W. High Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
    If so, put in an application anyway. Many companies have some flexibility as to experience required.
    To apply online, submit a completed Employment Inquiry to HR, www.whiteoakmills.com.
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    Valley Proteins in Harrisburg.
    This is local work.
    HIres new cdl school grads.
    Tanker endorsement preferred, but not required at time of hire.
    • Very attractive compensation – Driver base pay averages $1,200 weekly (remember, that's an average)
    Take advantage of a CDL Driver career where you will earn great pay, benefits, and bonuses while being home every night. Whether you are a recent graduate of a recent CDL program or an experienced driver, this is a career you need to explore.
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    About the Company: Since 1949, Valley Proteins, Inc. has been a leader in recycling used cooking oils and animal by-products into high-quality ingredients for biodiesel, livestock feed, and pet foods. Our focus is on customer service and protecting our environment for a sustainable future.
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