New CDL driver looking for work.

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  1. Rons1985

    Rons1985 Light Load Member

    Apr 27, 2013
    I graduated from trucking school this past April and haven't found a job yet. I had one company just today tell me that getting a new driver insured is the biggest issue. It seems to me that if insurance companies are making it that hard to hire new drivers then companies are eventually going to run out of drivers in the future. How can anyone gain experience if they can't get hired. Catch 22, it seems. Anyway, I really need a job. I live in Delaware and am not able to relocate. But I am able to travel for a few weeks at a time if the pay is ok. I am willing to sacrifice some pay to help offset the cost of insurance but I do have to cover daycare expenses and make something to pay the bills. I'm not looking for $60,000 to start. I'll go as low as $30,000 just to get some seat time. I have a current DOT medical card, clean DMV record, a TWIC and hazmat that doesn't expire until 2018, and tanker. I can verify my school, I just don't have experience. I've applied to everything from the mega carriers to Joe Blow's Paving but have yet to get one response. I don't understand how big rig companies can ask for 6 months OTR and the dump truck jobs ask for 3-5 years. I've driven a dump truck, they are easy! Does anyone know what gives with them asking for so much experience? Bizarre! Anyway, I'm open to just about anything but I'm tired of getting BS promises. If anyone needs a driver I'm ready. But I don't accept promises, just a real job. The games are getting old real fast. Thanks!
  2. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    What companies have you applied to?Stay away from the ones that require exp.There are more then enough starter companies that will hire you.Prime,Central,Stevens,Werner an many many more.
  3. lostriver

    lostriver Bobtail Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Keep looking and applying! I hired a new driver right out of school and turned out to be a good driver.
  4. Chuckie86

    Chuckie86 Light Load Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Lake Butler, Florida
    I started out with con-way truckload they were a really good company to start with they start you out at .30/m and by the end of your first year you can be at .36/m which isn't bad for someone with no exp if I was to decide to go back to a big company otr they would be my first choice plus they put new grads thru a week school in Joplin that you get paid for and meals and you get to run a truck on a skid pad while in school
  5. Yuchuan

    Yuchuan Bobtail Member

    Jul 6, 2013
    It looks like you have a very good insurance that allow you to take new driver. You are lucky.
  6. Flatbedder73

    Flatbedder73 Medium Load Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    Langhorne, PA
    You should get responses from all big carriers. If not, do a background check on yourself to see if something is there that shouldn't be.....something doesn't sound right.
  7. super10leadfoot

    super10leadfoot Bobtail Member

    Jul 15, 2013
    hey if your looking for a job that pays good and you are basically home everyday try looking into mail hauling go to the main post office like the one off of rt.40 near the flea market and ask some of the contract drivers if there company is hiring. there trucks normally just say US MAIL just stop one of them they are generally friendly . or go on they have alot of jobs dont give up brother
  8. worldtrvlr

    worldtrvlr Light Load Member

    Nov 29, 2011
    Hope Hull, Alabama
    Did you try some of the container companies out there? When I start I just hung around a North American yard when I had free time, eventually they gave me a chance to get in their truck and that was that. So, maybe you have a friend or so who knows a small company that might give you a break. I know how it is, thousands every week get their CDL and can't get hired. Its too bad that so many companies are half-run by insurance companies. When I came back from overseas, got my CDL again, (after 23 years of driving previously) no large or medium sized company would hire me. All that experience means nothing to them, and most won't touch you if you don't have a least a year recent- no matter if you have been driving 40 years.

    I would suggest a ma and pa operation too. Sometimes they are a bit shady, but at least if you have a good attitude and stick it out for year, you can go to many other companies. There are also lots of tanker companies that will train you if you have the CDL...I think one is Trimac? Try some of these things.
  9. Progress Trucking Inc

    Progress Trucking Inc Bobtail Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    I am looking for drivers of at least 2 years of exp. with ports we are located in Northern New Jersey
    Most importantly has to have a clean license

    Need to have or be able to obtain:
    -sea link card
    -Twick Card

    Contact 201-658-6354 We are looking for drivers to start work the next day!
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