Recent CDL A grad looking for 0 experience OTR job Philly area

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  1. JWilks

    JWilks Bobtail Member

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    Hi everyone. I just got my CDL A in the mail (no restrictions, can drive manual) and am now looking to get started with my first job. I used to be a big pot smoker and I stopped that for good at the end of September 2023. I don't want to risk failing a hair test, I want to play it safe and only take a urine test which I know I will pass. I was looking for OTR work to get me started and then will probably switch to local after a year unless I fall in love with OTR. I am 34 years old. I am located in the Philadelphia area suburbs. Can you guys make any recommendations for a company that would hire me with zero experience and would not hair test? I applied to Gypsum Express and my school gave me a number (I'm not sure which company it is yet, but they are running my info for an NDR report and will get back to me in a few days). I am willing to do flatbed. I don't want to go Western Express unless I have absolutely no other choice because I heard it's hard to get enough miles with them on a weekly basis. Thank you so much in advance!
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Western Express - flatbed division; not dry van.
    Stevens Transport - reefer company.
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    Nothing wrong with Western Express. Don't believe all the BS you read about it.
    @bryan21384
     
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  4. Chinatown

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    Maybe some Stevens Transport drivers on this forum can clue you in on Stevens Transport.
     
  5. bryan21384

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    If you go flatbed with Western, it's much easier to get miles. Despite what everyone says, it's a decent place to get experience. They have a higher demand for flatbed drivers, so it will.be easier to stay rolling. I never had to wait on a load with them. Contrary to popular belief, I actually made a living with them. I ran all 48, and traveled to the west coast with regularity. The dry van drivers get pigeon holed to either coast for the most part. Flatbed will have you running all 48. The cpm won't be the most starting out, but that's going to be the case your first year. When you look for a trucking company, don't pay attention to reviews. Everyone's story is different. No matter where you go, it's all about what you put into it.There isn't anything wrong with Gypsum Express, but if you go with Western, you'll become .pre versatile in the flatbed world because of the variety of loads they haul. Gypsum Express seems to haul primarily sheet rock. Don't treat Western like the red head step child, call them up and listen to what they have to say.
     
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  6. lual

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    Pretty tough job market right now -- for new CDL grads with no experience.

    To get started anytime soon -- you may well have to take what you can get (I did, as well).

    -- L
     
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  7. ttypewe4jim

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    I'd also check out foodliner pulling liquid and dry bulk tanker.... got terminals in langhorne pa and newark de.... can be a very good opportunity you can definitely make money there running regionally.
     
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