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How CDL Students Can Increase Their Chances for Hire


Everyday we hear or read about the lack of jobs for truck drivers, especially for the new CDL student just coming on board.  Although things have gotten a little tighter, the truth of the matter is . . . there are truck driving jobs available, and many trucking companies are hiring.  This fact comes from one of the best truck driving schools in the country – Eagle Training Services, Inc. out of Illinois.  In fact, Eagle Training is doing so well at not only training new CDL students, but finding them jobs once their training is complete.   In fact, today, September 1st, 2009, Eagle is celebrating their new move-in to their new location at R.L. Leek’s Building, 2210 Harrison Avenue, Rockford, Illinois.   The new facility was needed due to the increase they are experiencing with their class sizes.

The main factor I see with recent CDL grads unable to land that driving job, is that they had some kind of negative mark on their MVR or something to this affect, and the school took them in anyway, knowing they would not be hireable.   Eagle Training is showing a job placement rate within the mid to high 90 percentile rate.  Other excellent CDL schools are reporting the same stats.  The importance of choosing the right CDL training school goes without saying . . . the school you choose can make you or break you in your truck driving career.

Tanya Bons of Eagle Training provides valuable information about what CDL students can do to increase their chances for getting hired.   She also gives an excellent insight into why so many believe that truck driving jobs are scarce and hard to find.   In today’s market, Tanya explains that trucking companies are seeking the cream of the crop.   She also discusses why we have been led to believe that trucking jobs are falling by the way side, and why unemployment offices are seeing such a high rate of out-of-work truck drivers.  It is a great article that you should be sure to read:

Only Cream at the Truck Stops – Truck Driving Jobs in 2009

The economy will eventually turn around for all aspects of industry.  Furthermore, as Tanya explains, when that happens . . . trucking is going to come back stronger than before.

© 2009, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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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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  1. LaDema Fowler

    I recently have found myself in a situation where I was excepted by a truck driving training school in Las Vegas, Nv. They were made aware of a previous (5 years ago) felony convictionbut made concessions by requiring a pre-hire prior to signing me up.
    It wasn’t until during a speakers visit from the advertised trucking company “train here, work here” that we were made aware that they would not hire anyone with ANY KIND of conviction and good luck finding a job with most other trucking companies, that I felt scammed. I was under the impression that whether I chose to go with the pre-hire left me to believe the school believed in me and was simply a requirment in order for me to get to the range part of the training, never mentioning it would cause a problem getting a job.

    So what options are open for me now is my question. Will anybody hire me relying on who I am today and not a mistake made years ago. I am for Hire, and willing to relocate. Hard worker, young 53, serious minded, and a woman on a mission to find a professional company I can learn and grow with.,

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