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CDL graduates seeking trucking employment


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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By: Allen Smith

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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