Starting CDL School. Need some guidance

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  1. kingimade2

    kingimade2 Bobtail Member

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    Dear All,
    Thanks @Chinatown for your help in starting the journey

    I am 44 years old and about to make trucking my new career. I start CDL School in a couple of days. Please i need all those who have gone through this journey to give some advise on what to do and not do to make the best of the learning experience and new training. I am having my CDL school in Chicago, but will be relocating to Houston. need advise on great companies for paid orientation training and great offers.
     
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  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Get all the endorsements.
    Don't get the hazmat until you move to Houston. If you get it in Illinois, it won't transfer to Texas.
    What type trucking do you want in Houston?
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    I'll check back later; have to get up at 0445.
     
  3. theSoz

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    Read your states CDL Handbook and make sure you know it before you go. Use all the study guides and practice test here and anywhere else you find them. Make sure you can pass them before you go. I know you said you leave in a few days, so try your best to get as much reading, study and practice test in as you can, that way you'll know the information before you go, so you're not learning on the spot, instead, you'll be refreshing and polishing up on what you already know. This really helps if you're going to a fast pace program. You don't want to be like others and wait until you get there to learn everything. Position yourself for success.

    Good Luck & Have Fun!
     
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    MericanMade Medium Load Member

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    Get the DMV Genie app and buy the $14.99 upgrade. Go through all those questions, and you’ll have no problem getting the permit and all the endorsements.

    I didn’t bother getting the permit beforehand. I would have pretty bored for a week listening to the same stuff I just aced. But as theSoz said, start studying as early as you can. Although studying and learning comes easy for me, we had several guys drop out because they couldn’t pass the permit test, much less the endorsement tests. You have to be the judge of that.

    When you apply with actual trucking companies, don’t volunteer information they do not require. Only give the minimum required. Make sure what you do give is 100% accurate because they’ll pull background info from a half-dozen agencies.

    Thus exhausts the depths of my knowledge.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    Jake's Finer Foods - Houston

    Jake's Finer Foods of Houston, TX is seeking a full-time Shuttle / Line Haul Driver - CDL Class A to shuttle double trailers between our Houston and Grand Prairie locations.
    Our drivers work a 5-day workweek during the afternoon - morning hours, overnight (additional hours, holidays, and weekends as requested).
    As a Shuttle / Line Haul Driver, your punctuality and reliability are essential in this no touch freight position. You safely operate our double trailer trucks between our Grand Prairie to Houston locations multiples times per shift. You enjoy being on the road and going home after your shift is over.
    If you want a job where you get to be on the road and where you're home every day, complete our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application today!
     
  7. Chinatown

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    Gemini Motor Freight - Houston
    Click --->> Apply On Company Site
    Certification from accredited truck driving academy.
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    Schneider hazmat/tanker - Over-the-Road (OTR) Tanker CDL truck driver.
    Click --->> Apply On Company Site
    Up to $7000.00 cdl school tuition reimbursement.
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    DHL Supply Chain - Houston
    Click --->> Apply On Company Site
    (if applicant has less than one year of experience a certificate of completion from an accredited CDL training school is required).
    You do not load your trailer. Your job is to deliver automotive parts to our customer's automobile dealerships using 48′ van trailers with lift gates, hand trucks, pallet jacks and other tools of delivery.
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    A&R Logistics - Highlands, TX 77562
    CDL-A Company Driver LOCAL
    Home Daily * Avg $1200 Week
    Be a recent graduate from an accredited truck driving school.
    Please submit application at: www.drivewithar.com
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