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Truck Driving Jobs – Here’s Where to Find Them

Feb
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Who says that there are no trucking companies hiring drivers?  There are still thousands of companies looking for truck drivers all over the United States.  Company drivers, Owner Operators, Students, Recent Graduates, Local, Regional, OTR … trucking companies still have freight, and they need drivers to move it!

You can do a search right now and find  truck driving jobs.

There is no doubt that we are in a recession.  Never forget, however, that the media only tells you what THEY want you to believe.   Trucking is the backbone of our country.  Alot of trucking companies have fallen, but there are still alot of companies out there . . . and they are hiring.  Looking for a truck driving job?   Find one here . . .

Good Luck,

Allen

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Allen Smith

    Hi Terry: Your question is very vague….are you still driving locally? Do you have recent driving exp. within the last 6 months to a year? Have you not driven since ’06? ’07? Were you recently laid off? Are you wanting local or OTR? ….. the problem now, as you know, are the much stricter hiring policies companies and insurance carriers are placing on new drivers as well as veteran drivers with MVR problems, etc. I recently spoke with a guy who runs a very successful CDL school and he is still seeing a 90% placement rate for recent grads …..but……anyone with problems on their MVR or other record(s) are virtually seeing a zero placement rate. Chances for OTR may very well be extremely slim, I hate to say …. and again, this is only my opinion ….. you may stand a better chance with local work such as construction…..dump truck, etc., but as we all know…..this industry is “down” also…..very tough times…especially with DUI and felony ….. but, very often, local companies will hire with such things……but with restrictions such as NO DUI’s, etc., within the last 5-7 years….it may come down to being a “waiting game” for you, until the economy turns around and the restrictions may ease up some as drivers become in more demand…..if that happens. Another problem, is if a year passes with no driving exp., you may be required to “go back to school.” Trucking has sure changed in 30 years……As you know….just keep applying….anywhere and everywhere…..maybe someone will give you a break……I hope so….best of luck………Allen

  2. John A.

    Terry,

    I have a DWI conviction in ’91 and I’ve been having problems with some trucking companies as they’ve claimed the DWI might be a problem with their insurance company/companies.
    Yes, even that old.
    I had a speeding ticket last year that was reduced to Improper Equipment–Speedometer yet most of these narrow minded people only see the CHARGE, not the end result.
    As for your DWI, DUI on ’07, you’re basically out of the game for a while regardless of your experience level.
    As Allen stated most companies have added Qualifications/Requirements and most want a DWI, DUI at least 5 years old where some are 7, 10, NEVER.
    The Felony is contingent upon WHAT it was for and circumstances.

    Maybe some small company MIGHT give you a chance yet highly doubtful considering all the unemployed, experienced, clear criminal record, clear driving record people available.
    Age plays a part as well and folks 47+ are having loads of fun.

  3. Mark S Blackmon

    Have 18 yrs driving and 7 of those as an O/O. Just left last lease after 3 1/2 yrs. Cuts so bad, and less miles, it was costing me to run! Now the company has burnt me. My MVR is clean. No DOT reportables. Don’t do drugs or alcohol. Previous company has me at 6 accidents. Three of which they have preventable. Two of them was equipment related malfunctions. And one that wasn’t my fault at all, but yet they decided to accept fault I guess. I have stood my ground, but it don’t matter. They have even made false statements as to what I had said to other prospective employers. DAC has only 4 accidents on it. One of which is over 3 yrs. They are even saying a supposed call in was an accident. Despite it never happened and no report was filed. The company will not respond to any of my communications with them. I have sent them my rebuttal of the so called accidents! Despite me doing this, they have not notified my prospective companies of an update or of my rebuttal! They have short changed me on my runs and not paid for several movement of trailers that was included on my trip reports. Anyone know who I might contact and get assistance with this to get it straight? It is a big Corp. with several companies under it. I was leased to one of the companies. I have tried to get a response from the corp., company and regional level. I have sent a complaint to FTA. I have sent despute to DAC. I have tried to get my DAC but to no avail from DAC. But did get a copy from a prospective company of the background and DAC, when I sent a letter stating the law as to my right to said info. Any help in this matter is appreciated! Email MSBlackmonSr@Live.com Thanks !;<)

  4. Mark S Blackmon

    Comcar Ind., WSE Trans., Atl Regional !

  5. Allen Smith

    Mark,
    I’m sending you an email

  6. bill

    I have a 6 years old dui and I need to know what trucking company will hire me

    Bill

    • Allen Smith

      Each company is different, but in the past it has been no dui’s in the last 3-5 years. I would just keep applying.

  7. Will

    I have two speeding tickets.. 15 over and three suspensions. Is there any jobs put there at all that would hire me? I was hoping to get on with a regional company where I’d be able to make it back almost every night. I have no idea where to look or find these companies that would give me a chance.

  8. Allen Smith

    With the CSA and all regulations now, your chances may be pretty slim. Trying applying at local, smaller companies and not the big, major OTR motor carriers. You may find someone willing to give you a chance, but again, it could prove to be tough.

  9. Susan

    My husband got a DUI in Feb 2009. He was NOT driving but the law says you can’t even have the keys around you, but it looks the same if you are driving or not. He ended up doing a deversion program, which they said it would remove it from his record, but it did not.

    So are there litterally NO companies who hire with DUIs? He has always been a truck driver, and a damn good one. We live in a small area and there are NO jobs.

  10. Susan

    I see above you said 3-5 years for some companies? What are some of the 3 yr companies? 4-5 months with no money is better than another 2 1/2 years.

  11. Allen Smith

    Certainly not the major OTR carriers. If available, check around with smaller, local companies. Most of these pay no attention to DAC reports, etc., and stand a better chance of giving someone a break.

    It’s still a long shot, but it has been done.

  12. Allen Smith

    The 3-5 year look-back is a generalization. Most companies look back 3-5 years, but an exact list of companies that do only 3 years is not available. This is still not a guarantee of any kind, since the insurance carrier can still look back 10-15 years or longer.

  13. Phil Coleman

    Hey i just finished truck driving school i got a DUI in 2006 it’s been over 5 year’s and most of the compaines i applied through where ok with it but there where a couple that asked me about the rest of my record and the only other thing i have on my record is a under age consumption both of my charges where when i was 19 years old. But anyway some of them said where i have had two alchohol related charges that i would not be able to work for them. My question is will every company be this way about my charges cause they both where not DUI’s one was just drinking when i was under age. Any help would be appericated.

  14. Rich

    I have over 15 years experience driving. I got a DUI in IL in April 2009. I have valid CDL from state of GA. I did get a driving job out of Chicago in June 2012. They paid me one check & no more. I worked for about two months. Their trucks kept breaking down. Is there ANY trucking company that will hire me out there? I am dedicated, safe driver. I got DUI in my personal car, not a semi. I keep looking. It’s been 3.5 years now & still get turned down by the companies that will pay you for your miles. The last one I spoke to told me 5 years.

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