A serious issue that exists is the problem of CDL graduates not being able to obtain employment. I receive a number of emails from recent graduates telling me that they are sending their applications all over, and just can not get hired.
At a time when companies are looking for and hiring truck drivers, new drivers are most appealing. New CDL graduates are even more attractive for some companies, considering the fact that they do not have a PSP score and can be hired at a lower cents per mile (CPM).
Why Aren’t New Graduates Being Hired for Trucking Jobs? Here are 4 reasons
1) Applicants are seeking ONLY local truck driving jobs, not realizing that they almost always need to go over the road for at least 6 months before they will be hired locally.
2) Applicants have had felonies in their past, making it almost impossible to be hired
3) Applicants have had past violations such as a DUI, which they either did not answer truthfully or did not think it would matter
4) Applicants have health issues, such as diabetes, significant hearing or vision loss, or any other issue which does not meet the FMCSA Physical qualifications for drivers
I always tell those seeking trucking as a career to ALWAYS tell the truth on any application. Even if your violation or DUI was a long time ago, you must answer YES to whatever the question is, if it is true.
If you have a felony, you must know that it is going to be extremely difficult for you to obtain a professional driving job.
Always check the FMCSA driver qualifications.
Finally, you must do your own research and not depend on anyone, including the CDL school, to answer your questions correctly.
Remember, the schools want you enrolled, and even though many will warn you about the chances of not being hired should you have questionable situations, some will not.
CSA is creating a more competitive industry because of the new regulations. Now more than ever, trucking companies are extremely careful when it comes to hiring. Before spending thousands of dollars towards a CDL license, do your research and make sure you are “hirable”
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