OD hires from my school

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  1. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    The line haul manager from the OD terminal near my CDL school visited our class. They hire from our school as long as we have an 85% average or better. Here's my question, I'm wondering if I should go OTR first with another company to get the experience (for a year), and then see if OD is still hiring later. Our family already has made the decision that OTR is not a viable long term option, so going OTR would only be a means to an end.
    Here's some things I've been considering that might influence my decision:
    1. OD to my knowledge doesn't have a rehire policy - if I wanted to experience OTR, I'd better do it first before joining w/ OD.
    2. My understanding is that even just 1 year of OTR will open more opportunities (kind of a moot point if I have a great line haul opportunity already available w/ OD right out of school)
    3. People keep telling me to grab that OD opportunity while I can. The line haul manager said he has like 100 or so positions that need filled (between line haul, combo, and P&D) immediately, so I'm not sure if that will be around in a year or not. I'd be interested in line haul. He said there's plenty of wed-sun shifts (two days off) open, that the mon-fri are more coveted. I don't really care if I took the wed-sun.
    4. I already have my tank, doubles / triples, and am waiting for the feds to clear my hazmat. i'll be done with school in about 3 weeks, when i test for my license.
    5. the otr company I'm interested in is crete carrier, for more background info

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
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  3. SHOJim

    SHOJim Road Train Member

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    I say if you can get on with OD right out of school do it. A lot of graduates would love that opportunity right out of school.
     
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  4. 12 ga

    12 ga THE VIEW FROM MY OFFICE

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    No question about it, young guy with a family take the local job, you miss way too much OTR. Been there done it all, stay close.
     
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  5. SAMMY6969

    SAMMY6969 Medium Load Member

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    dude!!! If u choose to be a truck driver!!! U should go OTR!!! u will not learn much doing the od.... Other than how to be a local driver!!! Butt butt!!! If u hv a wife & young kids !! Otr is very ruff!!! Hard on a wife & kids!!! My opion!!! This otr my opion is for single guys!!! But some vets on here will disagree ,, a lot can make it work!!! My opion has changed on this subject after looseing my wife of 4 yrs do mainly cause i was otr!! I love trucking i really do !! But it has taken more from me than it has given!!! What AM I DOING RIGHT NOW!!! OTR BABBY!! Lol gd luck !! Driver
     
  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    You're kidding - right?
    This is a joke.
    Funny post - that's hilarious.

    Dude - IF YOU PASS THIS ONE UP YOU'RE A FOOL.

    The only advantage to going OTR for a year will be finding you hate it and appreciating OD even more.

    Actually, I'm shocked they would call on a school. They must be desperate for drivers. What terminal in PA?
     
  7. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the response, and encouragement! :biggrin_25525: His business card says Harrisburg Manager, but technically the terminal is in Carlisle, PA.
     
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  8. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    Thanks everyone for your feedback, it's greatly appreciated! Seems like almost everybody is telling me to go OD right out of school.
     
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  9. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    If you find a starter company out of school that has a pay scale that ends up at over 55 cpm for ALL MILES after 2-3 years, then go there instead. Somehow I doubt it.

    HAR is a huge terminal. Good luck.
     
  10. 2BucTruck

    2BucTruck Medium Load Member

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    What did you mean by HAR is a huge terminal, that a 'good' or 'bad' thing? ;)
     
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  11. CrappieJunkie

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    Doesn't OD have OTR too? I could be wrong. Do OD if you have a family.
     
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