New grad looking for local opportunities

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Nasmaire1, Jun 21, 2024.

  1. Nasmaire1

    Nasmaire1 Bobtail Member

    Jun 21, 2024
    Hello everyone

    I’m located in the philadelphia area. Had a local gig lined up when i was in school, but the guy who was gonna get me in got fired before i graduated. How would i go about getting a local job if most local jobs require some experience? really don’t wanna go otr. any tips or advice is highly welcomed.
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    The best and quickest way to get a local job is to go OTR for a couple of years. New drivers don't have that many options right now because freight isn't at its peak and many companies have slowed or stopped training altogether. Some guys have been able to get local jobs right out of school in the past. Those instances even in a good freight market is few and far between. They either knew someone, as in your case, or they were just plain lucky. Right now, since your connection was let go, it's going to be difficult to land a local job. I won't say it's impossible, but the odds are not in your favor. Lots of drivers want to work local or regional. Companies are looking at experienced drivers, with endorsements, and a spotless driving record. That's going to be your real competition. If you can swallow up OTR for the short term(1 to 2 years), then you can land a quality local gig til you retire. You need some experience under your belt. Til that occurs, you won't have a whole lot of options.
  4. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015

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    Aldan, PA
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    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Disability insurance
    • Employee stock purchase plan
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Vision insurance
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    As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

    I. Job Summary
    Safely operates a heavy-duty truck to perform assigned duties on transfer routes.

    II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.

    • Operates vehicle in accordance with Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements as well as all local, state and federal requirements and Company expectations for the Fleet; maintains a clean and safe vehicle.
    • Performs pre- and post-trip inspections of assigned vehicle using utilizing standard DVIR (Driver Vehicle Inspection Report); notes all issues on DVIR form for corrective review/repair.
    • Immediately reports any unsafe situations or service calls to Route Manager or Dispatch before attempting service.
    • Participates and cooperates in all scheduled training, briefings, and meetings as required by Route Manager.
    • Works closely with Route Managers to improve route efficiencies and identify problem or unsafe accounts.
    • Performs all duties as scheduled by Route Manager or Dispatch, assisting other company drivers as directed.
    • Notifies Route Manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage.
    • Notifies Dispatch or Route Manager of issues as prescribed by Service Machine protocol, including blocked containers, potential missed pick-ups or problems that arise on the route.
    • Communicates customer requests or issues to Dispatch or Route Manager.
    • Completely dumps all containers and leaves the customer’s location clean and free of debris.
    • Completes and submits customer tickets when excess yardage must be removed.
    • Positions containers on the customer’s property in a manner that ensures lids are properly replaced, containers are set in an upright position, and containers do not block driveway entrances or traffic.
    • Follows route assignments throughout the day and completes all documentation when checking-in at the end of the route.
    III. Supervisory Responsibilities
    This job has no supervisory duties.

    IV. Qualifications
    The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

    A. Education and Experience

    • Education: None required.
    • Experience: No prior work experience required.
    B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

    • Commercial Drivers License B (CDL).
    • The CDL is a requirement, therefore, an applicant must be 18 years of age.
    • Successfully complete pre-employment DOT drug screen, physical, and background check, which will include previous employment check, and motor vehicle record review.
    • Acceptable driving record required.
    At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Thought I had a good one for you, no longer hiring new cdl school grads. Now want 2 years experience.
    Might check anyway in case they have some box truck jobs.
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  6. MSWS

    MSWS Medium Load Member

    Jun 30, 2022
    Look for companies in your area that deliver to convenience stores. Think Coca Cola, Pepsi, Budweiser etc... There will be a ton of them in an area the size of Philadelphia. Whenever you pass a gas station and see a delivery truck parked there, make a note of who they are. There are a lot of third-party companies that contract with multiple suppliers to stock stores and they're always in need of drivers.

    If you can't get on as a driver immediately, consider applying to be a drivers helper or even a worker in the warehouse. If they know you have a CDL, they will eventually make you a driver.
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  7. Crude Truckin'

    Crude Truckin' Alien Spacecraft

    Oct 22, 2016
    North Dakota, Eh?
    Get on as a dock worker at UPS. Work your way up into a truck.
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Check with Schneider about local work. Even Schneider has cracked down on new grads and local work and now want 3 to 6 or 12 mos. experience.
    Ask anyway, Here's the website:
    Schneider Jobs - CDL Truck driving, Diesel Technician, Warehouse, …
    Schneider’s hiring CDL drivers for company truck driving positions. Other job paths include diesel technician, warehouse and office careers.
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