Old Experience = No Experience ?

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

  1. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    You need to look carefully when you are working and when you are not working and find a company that needs you during those times you are working. I don't want to pry into your personal business, and I probably couldn't find you a job if I knew exactly what was going on. Would you hire someone to work on your car if you didn't know he would show up for work? When your car needs fixing, it needs fixing, not a good reason for the mechanic not be at work.

    Who is your perfect employer or what is your perfect schedule or what industry works on a similar schedule of when you work and when you quit? I suspect you may need to own your own truck and then work when you are able. I just don't know how to get enough money to do that unless you show up for work everyday until you have that money.
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Feeling sorry for yourself isn't necessary or helpful. You have lots to offer but you can't sit on the floor and wait for the world to give you what you want. You need to participate in getting a solution. Are you physically unable to work a full-time job or a full year? Is there a health issue that requires you not work for long periods? Is it not enough motivation to work or some other activity must be attended to and work is in the way? Do you only work when you don't have money, but once you work and have any money you don't want to work?

    You need to be clear IN YOUR MIND what is causing you to quit. I don't think anyone is demanding to know your family life or personal details. But you need to supply what kind of schedule you can reliably work and then look for a company that works like that. I'm not sure if you are looking for help or for people to tell you it's hopeless. It's not hopeless, but you need to sort out what the cause of quitting is about. You need to figure that out yourself, and maintain your privacy about the issue, or at least supply a schedule of when you can work and how long you can work to others or to an employer. Somebody somewhere is working on a schedule you can fit into. But it feels like trying to satisfy a bored teenager when they won't contribute to the solution, but just wait until a solution is delivered to them. Talk to someone privately you can be 100% open with or supply what exactly are your time, schedule, money needs for a long-term job.
     
  4. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    I understand what he’s doing.

    work for a few months and take off a few months .
    The way I understand it,
    Just be upfront with the folks when they hire you .
    And maybe a temp place would be good .
    Or a seasonal gig like ice road or construction hauling up north in the summer or agriculture hauling in the summer and fall harvest .
    I’m sure there are tons of farms and at businesses that would like to have help in the summer and fall and not have to worry about employing them all winter when there’s nothing to do.
     
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  5. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    Great opinions once again, but the real question no one can seem to answer is this:

    Does the insurance company consider my experience to be recent?

    The was an insurance question post mainly, what do they think of my experience and how dated is it or not?

    I really don't need to be lectured as to why I don't stay on and drive into perpetuity and have no life, all the while, making some greedy owner even richer. I don't need the money, how do you think I live overseas most of the time? I'm not bragging, but I did a lot of stuff right in life. Trucking is like a hobby for me and after a while, I just get tired of it. Not needing the money so much kills the motivation to continue doing it too hard core, as the hunger is just not there.

    As I've often said though, I do have this CDL and need to keep it active, it's like a back up plan to sustain myself should I find myself really needing an everyday job. That day may soon be coming, as on May 9th, here in the Philippines there is a presidential election. The front runner is the son of the infamous dictator Ferdinand Marcos. I really don't want to be here if he wins, so I may have to come back to the USA for a while as a fallback.
     
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  6. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    We're not insurance companies and they're all different so we can't answer for them. Your options have been laid before you above.
     
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    Okay, I think there is a shred of denial here. It is you that are missing the point. Insurance runs this country, and you can speak the merits of your career to the moon, but the absolute bottom line, is your record of leaving . It may be a "hobby" to you, but these people are very serious, created committees and such, whether you like it or not, you are a statistic, and you literally have to accept it. Sounds like you may be bitter about this, and I don't blame you one bit, but today, it's THEIR game, like it or get out. I chose to get out, I suggest you do the same. Several years back, I thought of driving again, ALL the recruiters told me I had to take a refresher course. WHAT? After 3 million safe miles? I backed up more miles than they drove forward, you want ME to take a refresher course? Didn't matter. I told them to cram it with walnuts.
     
  8. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    The bottom line is that want controllable, unintelligent and malleable people behind the wheel, that's not me. Like I said, I don't need the money, but I do have that CDL and I like to use it every so often just for the sake of using it. It's funny how everyone wants to lay down the straight and narrow for the working man, but if you wear a suit and carry a brief case you can have it both ways with the old wink and nod system in place at the higher levels. I get the message and the message is: "You better not forget your place in this game, serf".
     
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    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    I'll have to remember that one!! :D
     
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  10. 201

    201 Road Train Member

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    Welcome to 2022 trucking. I hear ya', I do, perhaps a seasonal gig, like someone mentioned. I did a gig for 8 weeks at a cranberry farm, loading, tarping and dropping trailers,all off road, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!! I was too old for that job, we loaded 91 trailers that season, but I had a blast. I think you are better off doing something under the table, where you can still drive a truck, just not on the road, or maybe farm work. Don't laugh, I worked for a friend, he had an old Roehl truck converted to a grain hauler, and you don't even need a license to do that. it's considered a motorized grain wagon. That was a lot of fun too, so trying to make the current system to work for you in a conventional job, probably a dead end today.
     
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Some companies require refresher courses. Others don't. It just depends on who you apply to. If it's a mega or mega-ish company(500 or more trucks), they'll probably require it. The smaller ones, not so much. Seen it both ways. Refresher course requirements are the nature of the beast. Regardless of how many miles we all turn, to the ones at the top, we are all the same. These companies, they're all the same. We ain't gonna change it.
     
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