Old Experience = No Experience ?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by VA CDL Holder, May 2, 2022.

  1. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    I appreciate the honest observation. I guess my real question should have been this:

    Would my experience, even though it is dated, satisfy the insurance requirements of a normal company?

    All of my time is with the megas and I can use the various excuses of why I bailed out after only 3 months or so. At some point, if my experience is good in the eyes of the insurance company, I'll be driving for someone. My problem is how long it will take to get hired once I start looking again.

    I see what the current crop of wheel holders can do and I believe I can offer more for the money.
     
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  3. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    The people over at Knight in Phoenix know my situation and were always willing to go along with it, until as of mid summer last year. I live abroad when I'm not driving, lots of drivers do when I bring up the subject. I've never turned in the truck because I was upset about something the company did or required of me. My time at Knight was some of the best time I've ever had behind the wheel.
     
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  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    You've talked about working for Knight and them not rehiring you ad nauseum in a large number of your posts. It seems like your feelings are really hurt by that, as if there aren't other companies. Why do you need an honest explanation to explain the obvious? You ain't stupid man. You put your whole resume out there, and you haven't worked anywhere longer than 6 months. Then of all those jobs, you worked at Knight 5 times! Companies are supposed to keep wasting time and money for you to leave in 5 to 6 months or less? You've had a CDL nearly a decade and hadn't stayed a year no where. You'll have to make sense out of that, and people on here and companies are going to question if this what you want to do or if you're really cut out for it.....and that's justifiable thought.
     
  5. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    Companies budget money to hire drivers, especially ones that turn over nearly 85% of their drivers every year, so that argument just isn't valid. They make up that money by paying drivers at a low rate and everyone knows it. The going rate for an experienced driver is upwards of 60 CPM, which I never made at Knight.
     
  6. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    Just tell whoever you apply with that you're only looking to work half the year and avoid the megas.
     
  7. Heaveninamoment

    Heaveninamoment Light Load Member

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    you’re in Arizona? Should be able to get plenty of home time living there.
     
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  8. REO6205

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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Work for a temp. agency. This way, can work when you want to and employment history will only show the temp. agency and not the different companies the temp. agency sent you to.
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  10. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

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    Just look at your history statistically for a minute. It’s about a 99% probability that whoever does hire you, you’re going to stay for three months to maybe 3 1/2 months and quit. There’s a tremendous amount of overhead that comes with bringing in a new truck driver. On average it takes a company about three months to break even when bringing in a new hire. So on their books, you’re a wash. Need to start staying a minimum of a year at each place.

    I do get what you’re saying, life is for living. That’s what you say. Try working for a year or like 14 months at one company and then taking a six-month break. If you do that most companies will in fact take you back and other companies will still hire you.
     
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    What are you talking about? Of course you never made 60 cpm. It's just now drivers are starting to make that. Companies may turn over 85 percent of their drivers, but you worked for them 5 different times! It's unheard of. Most people quit and go to another company. You went back to Knight 5 times....so if my math is correct, that means 5 times you were in that 85th percentile. Then you worked for Swift 4 more times, so that's 4 times you were in the 85th percentile. Now Knight and Swift are the same company, so that's 9 times you were in that 85th percentile with one company! I'd put that in the Guiness Book because that's historical.
     
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