Some job hopping and a year in a charter bus has sunk me

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Voyager1968, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Voyager1968

    Voyager1968 Road Train Member

    The charter bus industry is very seasonal. I'm not making any money, and I am looking at hitting the road in a truck again. The only thing is that the companies aren't looking back.

    One that might have brought me on, won't, because I've been out of a truck for more than a year. My previous 20 year safe record (no tickets, no accidents, no cargo claims) means nothing anymore.

    I post this for three reasons. First, a clean and safe driving record is no guarantee that you will have a job in trucking, two, if you're thinking you can take time off out of the seat.and just come back, it's not always true, and three, help....
     
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  2. rcelmo

    rcelmo Medium Load Member

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    Slow time of the year. Freight is slow first quarter of the year. Also freight has
    slowed quite a bit in the last year......many companies have more trucks than
    freight.

    If these guys had work they wouldn't be nearly so picky. Freight usually starts
    moving Mar or Apr. Companies will start hiring again.
     
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  3. rcelmo

    rcelmo Medium Load Member

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    How picky companies are is a DIRECT sign to how much work they
    have. When a company has trouble keeping their existing drivers busy
    they will be slow to hire new drivers.
     
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  4. rcelmo

    rcelmo Medium Load Member

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    Quite a few years ago I hired on with a company in the winter....freight was slow.
    I jumped through hoops to get the job. Summer of the same year.....freight was busy.
    They greatly relaxed their hiring "standards". I was surprised at some of the guys they
    ended up hiring...….
     
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  5. sirhwy

    sirhwy Light Load Member

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    Look at a smaller company. I know there are jobs out there, I just got one.
     
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Look in our help wanted section.
     
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  7. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    Try Pitt-Ohio. I can't imagine they would not want such a great candidate....and you are one IMO!
     
  8. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

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    I was a charter bus driver for 20 years, and yep, January tends to be slow, February almost as much.
     
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