Worried about CDL being stale and becoming unhireable?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kitchen Trout, Jun 29, 2022.

  1. Kitchen Trout

    Kitchen Trout Bobtail Member

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    I received my Class A back in late March of this year with all endorsements and have since been working steady at my non driving job and staying around to care for my grandmother who has fallen ill. I am worried about companies not accepting me because of a gap in training since school. I don't know if there is any truth to something like this since I have read stories of guys sitting on their licenses for years and still getting a job. Can anyone shoot me straight as far as how serious something like this is? Just trying to ease my mind. I appreciate anyone willing to give input! Also, I have been looking at mega carriers like Schneider or Prime to start with.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    A neighbor of mine graduated from CDL school, then went into a different occupation; not driving.
    10 years later he decided to drive trucks and had no trouble at all finding a job.
    He went with Reddaway.
    Keep your DOT Medical Card up to date and you won't have any problems being hired by a trucking company.
     
  4. Hawkeye72

    Hawkeye72 Light Load Member

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    Why not apply for local jobs so you can use your CDL and be home?
     
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    It depends on which company you try to work for. Don't be surprised if a trucking company wants you to go through "refresher training" before hiring you. Some companies will just stick you with a trainer for a period until they are satisfied you know what to do.
     
  6. lual

    lual Medium Load Member

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    I got my CDL in May of 2017.

    I started driving for Schneider in March of 2019.

    Yes....some companies may get their panties all in a wad over your time "gap".

    Others....will not.

    Your takeaway?

    Shop around--it's very much a driver's job market right now.

    Based on what I'm seeing--I predict it will become even moreso in the future.

    --Lual
     
  7. Kitchen Trout

    Kitchen Trout Bobtail Member

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    It has probably been beaten to death on here but it would certainly seem that local companies are not hiring without experience and OTR companies hire without. I was thinking as soon as my grandmother is in a better spot to not need care I was going to hit the road for a year.
     
  8. Chinatown

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    One driver on this forum hadn't driven in 21 years, but kept his cdl and DOT Medical Card current.
    Abilene Motor Express hired him.
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    Let us know which state you live in and the nearest town/city, and we'll help you get on the road when the time is right.
    Some local companies hire in your situation.
     
  9. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

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    Depends upon the company and the local job.

    We have local positions for CDL grads, fresh or otherwise. No experience requirements... but it is driving a spotter truck at different facilities we service. Meanwhile our Regional Fleet requires 9 months' experience, minimum.

    You never know what a company's policy is unless you talk to them.
     
  10. Kitchen Trout

    Kitchen Trout Bobtail Member

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    I appreciate the support! I am in Virginia right outside of Richmond. First impressions of this forum are pretty awesome so far!
     
  11. Chinatown

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    Abilene Motor Express is in Richmond. It's an OTR company, but probably have some local work picking up loads for the OTR drivers.
     
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