New Driver Help?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by farmerjohn64, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Light Load Member

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    Hi,

    I graduated from trucking school last December, but I was 20 at the time and now that I turned 21 just yesterday, I'm trying to find a good trucking company that's best suited for me. Tomorrow I'm going to get the "Interstate" restriction taken off of my CDL and I also already have all my endorsements except for passenger and hazmat (I'm going to get hazmat asap). As far as what kind of truck driving I'm interested in, I guess it's Regional (preferably out West) because I want to avoid the Northeast for awhile and driving a tanker sounds good from the information I've gathered on here. Some of the problems I seem to be running into are my age, I haven't had a job yet (apparently a lot of companies need 6+ months of verifiable work experience), maybe even a refresher course due to being swindled into thinking I could be a trucker at 20 (or maybe that's just me and my special case), and finding companies that will hire an entry level driver/provide quality and extensive training. I live in Louisiana, but I have an uncle that lives in Texas and he said I could use his address as my home address, if that'd help.

    Best regards, John
     
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  2. Chinatown

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    Some trucking companies hire 18 year old drivers.
    Now that you're 21, there's plenty to choose from.
    Schneider Bulk hires 21 yr. old drivers and also has a refresher course. Need hazmat endorsement. Schneider Bulk hauls a lot out of Louisiana.
    www.schneiderjobs.com
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  3. farmerjohn64

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    Ironicly I've been talking to people from Schneider on their website just today and it's the only company I've found so far, but the fact that they pay you half of what you're owed the first year is absolutely absurd imo. I suppose I'm not interested in mega carriers, with that being said, unless they're my only option.
     
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    Superior-Carriers
    Accepting Entry Level Drivers and New CDL School Graduates
    Must be at least 21 years of age.
    Provide a Completion Certificate and Class Transcript from an approved CDL training school.
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  5. Chinatown

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    Nothing wrong with large carriers. The problem is you graduated from cdl school 9 mos. ago and haven't driven yet. Choices are limited when you've been out of school 3 mos. or longer and still haven't driven.
    Here's one that will probably hire you and it's relatively small compared to mega.
    Probably do some California runs with a trainer.
    Nationwide Motor Freight Company | Abilene Motor Express
    https://www.abilenemotor.com
     
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  6. starmac

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    What do you mean half of what you are owed, how does that work?
     
  7. Ridlingdj

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    Sorry to say but your first year with zero experience you will probably just have to suck it up and prove you can do the job safely and chuck it up to on job training then after that the doors will really start to open
     
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  8. farmerjohn64

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    Well I guess it's better than being a couch potato; how many months/years of experience should I get before trying to find another?
     
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    After a year most tankers will take you but just look at who you want to go to and see what they require just dont jump jobs alot it's better to stay with a outfi9for awhile if you can
     
  10. farmerjohn64

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    I went to Coastal Truck Driving School and received certificates for best driving, pre trip inspection and highest GPA, for whatever that's worth
     
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