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Anyone here have their CDL License or currently a Trucker?

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  1. thefallendevelopment

    thefallendevelopment Junior Member

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    Due to recent events in my household, i now have to be the main bread-winner for my family and had a couple questions for anyone who has their CDL license.

    There's not many jobs available (as i'm sure you already know) and i've decided that my best shot for securing a good job is to get my CDL license.

    After you go through the course and receive your license, how hard is it to obtain a job? And is it possible to go through the course and obtain a job fairly quickly after getting the license.

    Thanks for any help on this, i know this isn't the right forum but it's where i feel at home the most so i thought i'd give it a shot here first. :)
     
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    kkhill34 Registered Member

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    Hi, I have my CDL Class A. I drove for about two years. If you go through a course and get your license, then you shouldn't have a problem getting a job. Big companies like Swift, Werner, Schneider, J.B. Hunt, etc always need drivers. As long as your driving record is fairly clean, then you should be allright. Let me know if you have any more questions.
     
  3. thefallendevelopment

    thefallendevelopment Junior Member

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    Awesome thanks! My driving record is pretty clean...few tickets but that's about it. Lost my Mustang several years ago, so no tickets since then lol.

    One last question though, how long does the course last? I gotta get up and rolling really soon.

    oh,what about rigs? Do i have to purchase one or do the companies have them?

    Thanks so much for the help!
     
  4. Trueblood

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    Instead of driving a truck, why not start a trucking company? Less driving and you will make great money.
     
  5. thefallendevelopment

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    @Taraz- thanks for the info..now i know how to make adjustments.

    @TrueBlood - I may do that, but really have no startup capital to do it at the moment, but could very well be in the future.

    BTW: Nice avatar and your a Carolina boy too i see. :D
     
  6. Boltblue

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    I drove a truck for nearly 20 years both in the US and in Canada...just retired last year. If you go thru an approved truck driving school you will have no problem getting a job. The trucking industry always has a shortage of drivers.

    These companies, plus alot more have their own drivers training courses that they will put you thru at no charge,,,you will have to sign a contract to promise to work for them for a period of time - usually about 2 years or thereabouts. Stevens out of Dallas does that, Swift does, think Schneider does, not sure about JB Hunt...but most of those companies will hire you right out of Truck Drivers Schools. Just do a little google work and pick up a phone.

    Forget it,,,pipedream. With what money?,,,and the competion in the trucking industry is fierce. Lots of little companies going under due to high fuel costs and low freight prices.

    You can drive a company truck,,,no need to buy.

    My advice would be to pick up a newspaper and just look back in the general section and see what companies are hiring in your area,,,call up the company and talk to a recruiter. Or get on google and see what companies have driver training available. Good Luck,,,it's not an easy job.
     
  7. thefallendevelopment

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    Thanks so much for that info Boltblue!

    I actually have a RoadMaster Drivers School literally 5 minutes from my house. I went through their site and they do help place their graduates. I would really like to have a job that i'm home every night...but if not, that's okay. You gotta do what you gotta do to get those bills paid.