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Truck Driving Jobs and the Recession


CDL training schools are presently seeing an increase in student enrollment, as high as thirty percent.  Are there enough truck driving jobs to accommodate them?  Can a CDL student or recent CDL graduate find a trucking job in the present economic situation?

Allen will be discussing this important issue, tomorrow evening ( Tuesday, April 7th, 2009) at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time, on Blog Talk Radio’s:  Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

Ken Bons, Vice President of Eagle Training Services out of Illinois, is scheduled to call in and share his expertise from a CDL Training School’s perspective.

If you are a student or recent CDL grad that is having problems landing that trucking job, this is an important show scheduled just for you.  Be sure to tune in and get information that can help you understand what steps you can take to put that new CDL license to work.

Truck Driving Jobs in a Downward Economy – Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 – 7 PM EST on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show.



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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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  2. Paul

    Great, as a company recruiter I’ve certainly seen some of this backlash in the industry – probably since about January. I’ll definitely tune in.

  3. Greg

    I am a recent grad who graduated on January 12th, 2009 with a G.P.A. of 94% and can’t find a driving job anywhere. It is tough right now with no prior experience.

  4. Merry

    I graduated December 19 with a 97% G.P.A. My license is class ABCD with the N and T endorsements, and I would get the H if necessary. I’m a middle-aged female and have never had a felony or misdemeanor arrest or conviction. I don’t drink, take drugs only for medical reasons, and have never had an alcohol or drug related ticket or arrest. My last ticket and auto accident were in 2005. And I haven’t been able to find an OTR job.

  5. Allen Smith

    Thanks for the posts. From everything I’ve seen and heard, especially from Ken Bons from our show last night, if you have an excellent driving record, etc., you should be able to find a driving job, even if you are a newcomer to the industry. As Ken said, if you have any kind of blemish on your record at all, your chances of being hired right now is next to zero. Companies have too many choices right now from those in the market due to the economy, so they have plenty of drivers to choose from, so they are going with the “cream of the crop.” Schools are showing an 85-90 percent placement rate for students/grads. Any kind of ticket or blemish on your record will prevent you from being hired right now, again, due to so many drivers without any kind of blemish, being available right now. If you have an excellent record, your school should be able to land you a job – 85% to 90% ! You need to continue corresponding with your school that provided the training and keep after their placement department. With a high placement rate like this, if the school was reputable, they should have found you a driving job. Good Luck, Allen

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