Whether you are searching for a truck driving school or want to find a new trucking job, chances are you’ll be dealing with job recruiters. These recruiters are hired by trucking companies to represent them. They are the middle man in the sense that they are here to answer your questions and provide valuable trucking job information for their employer. Consider trucking job recruiters as your gateway to the management of your potential trucking employers. So, what can you do to make the most of the knowledge of recruiters? Here are some ways you can get more out of truck driving job recruiters.
Truck Driving School Recruiters
When you attend truck driving school, you will meet job recruiters, if the training program is worth its salt. This is due to the nature of trucking schools to serve as connections between student drivers and potential employers. You want to attend a trucking school that offers networking with trucking recruiters. When interacting with these recruiters, keep one thing in the back of your mind—they are your connection to a job with a trucking company. Therefore, you want to be professional at all times. Avoid being rude or difficult to work with if you want to drive for a trucking company associated with the recruiter. After all, they are your bridge to a company, and whatever you say to them can get back to the management of the company. While these recruiters are there to recruit you for trucking jobs, they are also responsible for vetting out student truckers who aren’t a good fit for a company.
Trucking Recruiters at Job Fairs
A trucking job fair is an optimal place to find a trucking recruiter who is scouting for trucking jobs. Everyone at a job fair has a common goal of finding or filling a job. This is your chance to shine. Be prepared by bringing the following with you to any trucking job fair:
- A clean paper copy of your updated resume, in fact, bring several copies stapled and ready to hand out
- Class A CDL if you already have a truck driver license
- Trucking school graduation certificate, if applicable
- DOT physical exam certificate, if applicable
- List of references including previous employers and character references
- Detailed list of your trucking experiences, i.e., haul types, specialized or general freight loads, routes you’ve hauled regularly, unique trucking jobs you’ve had.
This list is a good reference to have on top of your resume. It gives a detailed look at your work history similar to what your CSA score would show without the recruiter having to do the digging for it.
Questions for the Job Recruiter at Job Fairs
- What trucking jobs and haul types are you currently hiring to fill?
- Where are your trucking centers and terminals located?
- If I have to relocate, do you pay for relocating expenses?
- Is trucking orientation required, and if so, is it paid for?
- Do you offer any sign-on bonuses, and if so, what are the stipulations for these? Do I earn more of a bonus for being a team driver or having experience?
- What type of trucking benefits does your company offer?
These are only a few of the questions you can ask. Do your own prep work by listing any questions that you have that apply to your skills, experiences, or expectations.
Recruiters at Trucking Orientations
Speaking of trucking orientations, once you find a trucking job, you will typically be sent to a trucking orientation program. During an orientation, you are matched with recruiters who will explain everything you need to know about a trucking company that you are going to work for. Here is your last chance to make the most of your trucker-recruiter relationship. Ask any questions you have, and don’t be afraid to speak up in a crowd. Here are some topics to consider:
- Will uniforms be provided, and if so, do you offer laundry services at a trucking facility?
- If I’m driving a company truck or leased big rig, do you offer truck parking for when I return for home time? Or do I have to find parking for my company truck, and if so, do you offer reimbursement?
- As for trucking benefits, how long will it be until those begin?
- Do you offer any perks for your drivers, such as fuel cards or truck stop discounts? How do I access those?
The best way to approach these questions during orientation is to familiarize yourself with the company before you attend the program. You can find a lot of information about trucking companies online, but stick with the official info from reputable sources and trucking company websites. As long as you take a proactive approach and are prepared to deal with recruiters at orientation, you will be able to get the most out of this exchange.