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Joined: 26 Mar 2009
Posts: 1
Location: South Dakota

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:41 am    Post subject: company driver Reply with quote

I`v been off the road a while.28 year`s OTR. Now local construction and AG driving since 2001.I want to run midwest or local.I have a clean A-CDL tanker/doubles/triples.with around 2000,000 miles behind me and I`m having trouble ? Any idea`s or suggestion`s are welcome. NOMAD
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Big Ed

Joined: 10 Sep 2009
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In all honesty, what I have found to be the case, is that if you dont have 6 months over the road in the last year or a year in the last 3 years, your best bet would be to make an investment in attending a driving school of some sort or hire on to a company if they will let you to attend their classes and get back to work. Being in the AG business is about like driving a pickup truck around a farm to the corporate insurance companies.

It royally sucks to high heaven that they discriminate like they do, but they do it anyways. Just like the insurance companies and the trucking companies both are refusing to hire drivers that have jumped around from job to job like me. I have had 12 jobs since June of 2004 because of not really finding a company who liked their drivers.

Now that I am married and have a 7 year old step daughter to try to take care of, I cant find a job for nothing cause of the high number of jobs I have had in the past.

If you have any luck, let me know so maybe I can get on with them as well.

Big Ed
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Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 37
Location: Omaha, NE

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:30 am    Post subject: Sorry Ed Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about your trouble finding a solid job Ed. The reason that companies aren't hiring truckers who have jumped from job to job right now, is simply because they don't need to. Tough economic times have led to companies scaling back on hiring, and drivers see the writing on the wall, so they are staying where they already are to avoid having to find a new job in such a tough market. Less hiring + less drivers quitting = less new job for the jobless. And if you have jumped around, you're even less likely to get hired. Trucking companies don't want to hire someone every month, week, or day. they want to hire a driver and not have to replace him/her until they retire. If you owned a business, no matter what kind, I'm sure you'd agree that it's much easier to focus on your business instead of replacing employees every few months. The bad economy has had a positive effect for trucking companies when it comes to their turnover. People just aren't quitting decent jobs right now. When the economy gets better, and trucking companies start hiring more drivers, eventually their standards will come down when they run out of excellent drivers in the hiring pool. Until then, you may want to let potential employers know upfront that you know your record has a lot of jumping around in it, but that your serious about finding a company you "can retire from" and that you have a 7 yr old reason to stay with whoever will hire you. Sometimes admitting your faults first makes them not seem so bad to the potential employer. Let us know how it goes Ed. Good luck!
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