McLane Company and Love’s Travel Stops—Partnership in Trucking

Mclane truck on the roadA truck stop provides everything a truck driver needs when over the road, from coffee on the constant to CB radios and cable connectors. But have you ever wondered who is hauling all of this freight to the truck stops? Turns out one trucking company in Texas has been in partnership with one truck stop chain for more than 20 years. Learn more about the contracted partnership between McLane Company and Love’s Travel Stops.

McLane Hauling Truck Stop Goods

Since 1996, the trucking company McLane has been hauling goods for Love’s Travel Stops. This contractual service has consisted of daily deliveries to more than 430 truck stops in 41 states. That accounts for all of the Love’s truck stops in the US. Did you know that Love’s Travel Stops adds about 45 new truck stop locations every year? McLane has also been able to keep up with the growth and expansion of Love’s truck stops.

Regarding the partnership with Love’s, McLane Grocery Senior VP of Sales, Vito Maurici, said, “Love’s provides a rewarding experience for its customers and we are honored they chose to continue to utilize our best-in-class resources. McLane’s procurement, technology, and operations provide our customers superior service and consistency of performance as well as expanded product offerings, regardless of location. As Love’s continues to expand their network, McLane will be there to assist in reducing cost and driving efficiency at retail.”

McLane shows what it takes for trucking companies to excel with nationally recognized customers. Trucking companies have to be able to support the growth of shippers and clients in order to continue having a working relationship. This is a good tip for owner operators, as well, who are interested in expanding their trucking business. If you want to grow in the trucking industry, you have to have the resources and equipment to expand alongside your client base. This involves hiring truck drivers to keep your rigs rolling as needed.

Mark Romig, Love’s Travel Stops Director of Merchandising, adds, “McLane continually shows commitment to our business. McLane’s Center for Category Innovation assists our team with exceptional category management resources enabling us to grow sales year over year. McLane’s national scope allows us to achieve our growth goals while meeting the needs of our Customers in an efficient way.” This is why Love’s is sticking with McLane and holding fast to their 21-plus years of working together in the trucking industry.

Driving a Truck for McLane

If you are interested in hauling freight to truck stops like Love’s Travel Stops, consider a career with McLane. The McLane Company is one of the nation’s biggest haulers in the food service industry, as well as one of the largest private fleets in the US. This trucking company hauls freight for:

  • Truck stops
  • Convenience stores
  • Mass merchants
  • Chain restaurants
  • Drug stores

There are more than 80 distribution centers across the nation that McLane hauls to via McLane Foodservice and McLane Grocery. The company also hauls alcoholic beverages via Empire Distributors, which is a subsidiary carrier.

In total, McLane is able to move more than 50,000 different products in the foodservice industry. The company hauls to more than 110,000 customer locations across the country. To be able to handle all of this freight, the company has more than 20,000 employees.

As a truck driver searching for trucking jobs at McLane Company, you can choose one of two career paths—grocery driver or food service driver. As a McLane driver, you will take regional trucking jobs and local routes. However, you will haul full truckloads that involve hand loading and unloading your trailer at each destination. To accommodate these working conditions, McLane offers top trucker pay, competitive benefits, latest equipment, and a stable work environment.

Daseke and R&R Trucking Join Forces for Defense Transport

Have you ever wondered how you can haul freight for the US Department of Defense? What about trucking jobs that involve transporting commercial arms, ammunition, and explosives? If these types of trucking jobs are up your alley, you’ll be interested to hear about the latest trucking company acquisition of Daseke. Check out what it means for Daseke to be the new owner of R&R Trucking and specialty cargo transporter.

Meet Daseke

Daseke is a supercharged trucking conglomerate that includes more than a dozen trucking companies—and growing. According to President and CEO, Don Daseke, of Daseke, Inc., “With over 3,800 tractors and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailers, Daseke is the largest owner of flatbed and specialized equipment in North America, yet accounts for less than 1 percent of the highly fragmented $133 billion flatbed and specialized freight market.”

This latest acquisition of another flatbed trucking company is the fourth such acquisition in 2017 alone. The other companies that were picked up by Daseke in 2017 include Schilli Companies, Big Freight Systems, The Steelman Companies, and The Boyd Companies. Other trucking carriers under the Daseke holding name are E.W. Wylie, Central Oregon Truck Company, Bulldog Hiway Express, Lone Star Transportation, and Smokey Point Distributing.

This follows a flood of growth that is in line with the mission of Daseke, as explained by Mr. Daseke: “We took Daseke public in February of this year to accelerate our vision of building North America’s premier flatbed and specialized transportation company. We continue to attract top-tier companies to join us as we build upon our national scale and further enhance the synergies throughout our unique transportation network.”

R&R Trucking Jobs

At R&R Trucking, the main type of freight hauls is specialized cargo. More specifically, according to Daseke, “R&R Trucking is highly specialized, transporting the nation’s most sensitive cargo. Fewer than 20 companies in the United States are approved to provide transportation for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. They are also one of the very few companies approved by the Department of Defense to own and operate high-security terminals.”

As a trucker for R&R Trucking, you must have a TWIC Card and hazardous materials endorsement on your CDL. You must also have a pristine driving history and a clean criminal record, considering the sensitivity of the freight you are hauling. Now that R&R Trucking has been acquired by Daseke, we can expect to see this company grow exponentially.

By using the truck driving technology and collaborative logistics resources available through Daseke, R&R Trucking will be gaining new customers left and right. With that, the company will be hiring flatbed truckers to haul ammunition, arms, explosives, and radioactive cargo. At the present time, the way to get hired by R&R Trucking will not change. To apply for a trucking job, contact R&R Trucking, as the company will continue to operate under its existing brand for trucking hauls.

Source: Daseke – News

Highlights from National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2017

Trucker with American Flag on TruckThere was a lot going on this year for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. From trucking companies catering picnics to freebies at truck stops, we’ve compiled some of the highlights from this year’s celebration. Check it out to see if you were able to partake in the best happenings for truckers throughout the week.

Truckload Carriers Association

The Truckload Carriers Association provided free health events for truck drivers throughout the US. These health events included hearing tests, vision exams, glucose screenings, and blood pressure tests. The events were hosted at truck stops nationwide via TravelCenters of America and Petro. Be on the lookout next year to see if you can score some invaluable health monitoring services at truck stops along your route.

Love’s Travel Stops

At Love’s truck stops across the country, truck drivers had a chance to win big. Each time a Love’s card-carrying trucker used their My Love’s Rewards card to purchase fuel, the driver was entered to win in a couple of contests. These included $100 worth of My Love’s reward points as well as a $10,000 value of 1 million reward points.

Pilot Flying J

Love’s wasn’t the only truck stop giving truckers a chance to win big. Pilot Flying J was also hosting a rewards points contest. However, with this truck stop chain, you had a chance to win instantly, which theoretically increased the odds. Rather than giving lump sums of points, Pilot Flying J gave more than 65,000 prizes to truck drivers.

Truck World

Over in Hubbard, Ohio, Truck World truck stop made National Truck Driver Appreciation Week a week to remember. The truck stop hosted live music and entertainment on Wednesday through Friday, following a free lunch to all those in attendance.

Benefits of Renting a Big Rig from Enterprise Commercial Truck Rentals

truck leaving the truck stopWhen it comes to getting into the trucking business, there is one key component that every trucker must have. That is a tractor, truck, big rig, semi…whatever you prefer to call it. Without a truck, you can’t really be a trucker, now can you? While most trucking companies hire company drivers, there are many looking to hire owner operators or independent contractors. In order to be an OO or independent contractor, you generally should have your own equipment. But what if you are just starting out in trucking and can’t afford a quarter-million-dollar tractor trailer setup? There are options that start with renting a commercial truck at Enterprise. Best of all, when you rent commercial tractors and trailers from Enterprise, you can remain compliant with DOT regulations.

Rent a Truck to Train as a Trucker

There are many reasons why you would need or want to rent a big rig. If you have been out of the industry for a while, you will want to brush up on your skills. Note that this is for CDL holders only. You will be required to have a valid CDL before you rent a truck at Enterprise. By renting a big rig, practice up before you go for trucking orientation at a trucking company.

Rent a Backup Big Rig

If your own truck is out of service, either due to extensive repairs or maintenance issues, then you will need to find a backup big rig in order to keep your trucking jobs. Say you have a contract with a client that requires loads to be delivered week after week without fail. Even if your existing truck is down, you are expected to stay on that delivery schedule. Failing to do so will risk reneging on your contract, and your trucking career could be in jeopardy. In this instance, finding a truck to rent at a company like Enterprise is paramount to the success of your trucking business.

Owner Operators and Truck Rentals

However, the most common reason why big rig truckers would want to rent a truck from Enterprise Truck Rental is to be able to start an owner operator business. Whether you are an OO hoping to get contracted to a big-named trucking company that hires owner operators, or you want to branch out and start your own fleet line, rentals are the way to go. You don’t have to purchase tractors outright, and you aren’t tied down to a massive bank loan in case your new business isn’t as profitable as you’d hope.

Another benefit of renting big rigs is that you can take advantage of the latest equipment and trucking technology, such as fuel efficiency and diesel emissions controls, without purchasing a new truck every couple of years. Instead, you can rent a truck, similar to leasing one, and get a new model as needed. It’s the easiest way there is to avoid getting stuck with a lemon when getting a new truck.

Renting E-Log Compliant Trucks

One more great reason to rent a truck from a rental company like Enterprise is that you can be assured to stay DOT compliant. With the latest electronic logging mandate, you may or may not be ready. Come December, if you are one of the last truckers to hold out on the law, you will likely find yourself unable to comply with the mandate for e-logs. If so, you can keep rolling by renting a truck that is already set up to transport goods while using e-logs. Having an e-logging device in place can protect your trucking career and help you become familiar with this technology as you work to get an e-log system in place in your own big rig.

Of course, not all commercial truck rental services are e-log compliant. That’s why you want to go with a company like Enterprise. Otherwise, be sure to check out the other rental companies you’re considering to be sure they are e-log compliant. Another tip is to ask what e-log device they are using in their trucks. Check the FMCSA website to see if that device is listed as one of the approved devices according to federal regulations. This will give you peace of mind that you are operating on a legit and safe system..

As you consider renting a big rig from Enterprise Truck Rentals, be sure to keep up with all your paperwork. This will protect you from any added costs or unexpected expenses that can arise from truck rental services.

What Job Skills Do You Need to Haul for Pipelines

ew wylie truck hauling pipesWhile the North Dakota oil fields have gone all but dry in the past couple of years, that is only a drop in the crude oil bucket. There are several top oil-producing states in the US, including Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, and North Dakota, and with the new Presidential administration, you can bank on several others cropping up. The influx in oil production and oil pipelines, including that of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline, means more oilfield truck driving jobs are going to come on the market. If you are interested in getting into the oil hauling business, learn what it takes to make it in this type of trucking niche.

Types of Hauling Jobs

Truckers are needed for a number of different aspects in the oil pipeline industry. For starters, just to get the pipeline in place, you need to haul oil pipe to the construction site. You also need to get the site ready for oil drilling. This involves fracking sand, production water, and trucks to haul crude oil out when it starts pumping up to the surface. Heavy equipment truck drivers are needed to transport machinery, winch trucks, pole trucks, and oil pipeline equipment onto the work site.

Below are specific companies you can work for in jobs such as hauling fracking sand and transporting crude:

  • Halliburton
  • SandBox Logistics
  • AmeriField
  • ProDrivers in Oklahoma City, OK
  • FDF or Francis Drilling Fluids in Lousiana
  • HIRE Upstream in Colorado
  • Octane Logistics of Pennsylvania
  • CMC Trucking in Winnfield, LA
  • MHS in Greeley, CO
  • Flaten Trucking of Williston, ND
  • My Destiny Transportation out of San Antonio, TX
  • RJ Glass in Pennsylvania
  • SEI of Texas
  • Dupre Logistics in Wyoming
  • C&J Energy Services in Texas
  • Brady Trucking in Utah
  • Transpro Burgener in Colorado
  • Mooreaux Elite Trucking of Texas
  • Progressive GE in Oklahoma
  • Megalodon Services in Texas
  • Kingdom River Logistics of San Antonio, TX
  • Tena Trucking in Williston, ND

There are many trucking companies currently hiring for oil field hauling due to the change in the political climate. Everyone wants to be ready to roll in the instance that the trucking industry picks up steam, or in this case oil, with the next big pipeline projects. It is the ideal time to prepare yourself for a trucking and transport job in the oil industry.

What It Takes to Haul for Oil Pipelines

The first step in getting a trucking job for an oil pipeline is to have the right hauling experience and credentials. As for haul types, the most common loads that will be hauled at all oil pipelines are for production materials that consist of sand and water. These types of trucking jobs are regional and are LTL truck loads that come with big trucking paychecks. The workload is in high demand, and you will have plenty of work to keep you busy.

Furthermore, thanks to exemptions from hours of service rules, you won’t be forced to run on those DOT rules anymore as a trucker. Oil truckers are exempt just like agricultural haulers, which allows you to put in more miles and hours on the time clock. If you want to take a trucking job where you are hauling locally, often within the same state, and on a dedicated route—while earning more than $80,000 a year—then give oil pipeline trucking a shot.

At the same time, you will have to be ready to work full-time, and then some, in order to keep up with the rigors of this type of hauling. Pipelines often operate 24/7, and truckers are needed throughout this time frame to keep the production lines moving. Burnout is a common problem, so you’ll want to take this into consideration before you pack up and go to the closest pipeline for a trucking job.

CDL Endorsements

There aren’t too many requirements that you’ll need to get a trucking job on an oil pipeline as the demand for drivers is high, mainly thanks to burnout and high turnover rates. However, you will need to get the following CDL endorsements to work as a hauler for propane, crude oil, and other pipelines:

  • Tanker endorsement
  • Hazardous material endorsement
  • Doubles/triples endorsement
  • Air brake endorsement

When you get the tanker and hazmat endorsements, you automatically receive the combination endorsement. This is identified with an X on the back of your CDL. You may not use all of these endorsements for every pipeline trucking job you get. However, having these endorsements enables you to get through the application stage at just about any trucking company. CDL endorsements show that you are eligible to haul any type of load, such as crude oil, fracking sand, and water.

In fact, several trucking companies hiring transport drivers for pipelines won’t even consider your application without at least the combo endorsement. So, save yourself the trouble, and go ahead and get those endorsements. These only cost a few bucks, require you to pass an endorsement-specific test, and provide fingerprints in the case of the hazmat endorsement.

Endorsements are a small price to invest in a top-paying trucking job for an oil pipeline production site. If you think you have what it takes, give pipeline hauling a go.

Meet CH Robinson and Learn About the Contract Carrier Trucking Jobs

Trucker Parked at Parking Lot in DesertCH Robinson has been around for more than a century, but the company has only been a publicly traded business for 20 years. To mark this occasion, CH Robinson CEO, John Wiehoff, recently spoke about the future plans for this mammoth trucking company. Here is an overview of that meeting, along with the history and backstory about CH Robinson. Plus, you’ll learn more about how to sign up for contract carrier trucking jobs at this trucking company in the Midwest.

Meeting with John Wiehoff

According to John Wiehoff, the most challenging aspects of the current state of the trucking industry are as follows:

  • Trucking technology is evolving rapidly and is disrupting the industry, in both good and bad ways
  • Global forwarding is on the rise thanks to globalization and tech advancements
  • The trucking industry is heading toward a tighter capacity coupled with higher costs

CH Robinson is at the forefront of each of these changes. By keeping up with the latest trucking technologies and moving toward global forwarding, CH Robinson is already ahead of the curve.

While a company can’t control capacity or costs of the trucking industry at large, it can be just as tough for a company to control its own capacity and costs. When do you cut back on investing in equipment? When should you push forward with trucking job recruitment services? Should you invest more in trucking safety or focus on fuel efficiency?

These are questions that every trucking company is asking as foreshadowing is far from predictable. However, these are the most important questions every trucking company needs to ask in order to remain viable in today’s marketplace. CH Robinson is just leading the discussion; this says a tremendous amount about the vitality of this trucking company.

History of CH Robinson

CH Robinson was founded in 1905 in Grand Forks, North Dakota by Charles Henry Robinson. Prior to starting the company, Robinson was a wholesale brokerage house owner providing fresh produce to Minnesota and North Dakota. Then in 1905, he partnered up with Nash Finch Company to own and operate regional grocery stores. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the company entered the trucking business.

This started when CH Robinson, which previously depended on rail transport to haul produce, decided to move toward trucking carriers. Instead of hiring other carriers, CH Robinson became a contract trucking carrier, called Meat Packers Express, out of Omaha. When trucking was deregulated, CH Robinson returned to its original name, expanded freight services, and started shipping all types of goods via truckload freight.

Today, CH Robinson is a full-service trucking and logistics company. It is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and has a revenue of $13.47 billion. That’s right, billion, and more than 13,000 people are employed by this trucking company. CH Robinson has grown to encompass 280 offices worldwide with more than 66,000 customer contracts. These include trucking freight customers, as well as railroads, air freight providers, and ocean liners.

In addition to being a massive player in the trucking industry, CH Robinson has its own brand. Under Robinson Fresh, the company buys and sells fresh produce to groceries, restaurants, and wholesale food distributors. However, Robinson Fresh is a small part of the company’s trucking operations, accounting for only 6 percent of the company’s revenue. Trucking jobs are the main aspect of the business force at CH Robinson.

Trucking at CH Robinson

CH Robinson provides multimodal transportation services, as well as logistics. Specific trucking services this company offers include:

  • Full truckload trucking jobs
  • LTL freight hauling
  • Truck load brokering
  • Intermodal freight jobs
  • Ocean transportation
  • Air freight
  • Transportation management

Truck Driving for CH Robinson

Truck driving jobs at CH Robinson run the gamut to include:

  • Full truckload freight
  • LTL trucking jobs
  • Flatbed trucking jobs
  • Temperature-controlled reefer hauling
  • Consolidated LTL truckloads

You can get hired as a carrier for CH Robinson through their Navisphere Carrier program. This carrier program allows you to remain an independent contractor or owner operator who is contracted to haul for CH Robinson.

One unique aspect of this partnership is that CH Robinson distinctly contracts with truck drivers who are minorities, women, military veterans, or small business carriers. Customers frequently request that they get carriers to haul their freight who meet these diverse population types. CH Robinson recognizes this and makes certain to contract with these types of carriers.

When you sign a contract to haul for CH Robinson, you get to sign up for various programs, such as Carrier Advantage and Cargonet. These programs use trucking technology and tracking services to help you increase your haul capabilities. More hauling opportunities equals more money in your pocket as an independent contracted carrier at CH Robinson.

Grimes Trucking Receives Top Safety Achievement Award

Semi truck driving on the roadTo be a leader in the trucking industry, you have to provide a safe trucking fleet. If your drivers are at risk of losing a limb or their life, they will look for better and safer trucking jobs. This is where Grimes Trucking in Florida is at the top of its game. As a Florida trucking company, Grimes was recently recognized by the Florida Trucking Association for safety in trucking. Check out what this recognition is all about and how truckers can choose safer trucking jobs.

Outstanding Safety Achievement Award

The Florida Trucking Association recently awarded Grimes Trucking with the first-place position in the contest of Outstanding Safety in the industry. As such, Grimes took home the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award as a testament to the dedication to safety among its truck drivers. According to Ike Sherlock, Executive VP of Grimes Trucking, “This award is a tribute to the culture of safety that exists throughout the Grimes Companies. Our team has a strong desire to do the right thing and be safe and responsible operators.” This award shows that others are watching and are well aware of how safe Grimes Trucking is for its drivers and the American highway system at large.

Providing Safe Trucking Jobs

Working for a trucking company like Grimes Trucking in Florida ensures its drivers with safety at a premium. Choose to haul for a company that provides its truck drivers with the latest and safest trucking equipment. Avoid a company that repurposes, overhauls, and operates by the skin of its teeth. This is just asking for safety issues and will make your trucking job that much more difficult.

Along with the latest models of trucking equipment, you want to search for trucking jobs that feature safety-related trucking technology. Safety is important to truckers—whether you are talking about trucking companies that use diesel emissions reduction devices to limit the amount of emissions a driver is inhaling or safety devices for braking systems. These types of devices can save a life and protect the driver all at the same time. Grimes Trucking uses this tech to help ensure the safety of its fleet of truck drivers.

Safety training is the next key to creating a safe workplace for truck drivers. Companies like Grimes that provides on-site, ongoing safety training truly value their drivers. The industry is constantly being challenged with new safety concerns thanks to the supercharged pace of technology. For example, two decades ago, truck drivers weren’t dealing with the dangers of passenger drivers who text message. As good as technology can be to make truck driving a safer industry, it also requires drivers to continue to look for and protect themselves against unsafe driving practices.

Trucking Jobs in Florida

If you are searching for trucking jobs in Florida, Grimes Trucking may have a position for you. Established in 1972, Grimes Trucking has a headquarters and terminal in Jacksonville. They provide trucking services regionally throughout the Southeast. Truck drivers in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and of course Florida, can get hired by Grimes. The company provides full truckload trucking freight, as well as LTL trucking loads. The haul types covered by Grimes Trucking include:

  • Intermodal trucking jobs for rail, air, and ocean transport services
  • Heavy haul trucking jobs
  • Flatbed trucking jobs in Florida
  • Reefer or refrigerated freight loads
  • Temperature-controlled hauling

If you have experience with these haul types or want to start expanding your Southeastern trucking job outlook, then consider applying to Grimes Transport today. The company hires Class A CDL drivers who have a hazmat endorsement. You must also have a TWIC badge that allows you to haul freight at ports and via intermodal services.

You need to be at least 25 years old and need at least two years of trucking experience within the last four years. Keep in mind, you will be expected to live near Jacksonville; so, you may want to consider relocating for this trucking job, if desirable.

Being a truck driver for Grimes Trucking ensures you will be able to take on regional truck loads and freight. Additionally, you will be driving for one of the safest trucking companies in the Southeast and in Florida. If safety is important to you, then consider a trucking job with Grimes.

When Should I Contact Trucking Employers While in Trucking School?

trucks lined up on lotWhen you go to trucking school, the primary objective is to get a trucking job. Of course, truck driving training is actually geared at helping you get your commercial driver’s license or CDL. The information you learn and the behind-the-wheel training you receive gives you the tools you need to be able to pass the CDL exam, hopefully the first time around. At the same time, you will meet truck driving job recruiters when at your trucking school, if the school is worth its salt. So, when should you start reaching out to other trucking employers? Let’s take a look at what’s accepted.

CDL Goals are First

Keep in mind you will have to have a CDL in order to get a truck driving job. Rarely will you ever find a truck driving company that will hire you without a CDL. It’s one of the main qualifications of any trucking job. With that said, focus on getting your CDL while you are in truck driving school. That is enough to handle without struggling to find a trucking company to work for and dealing with rejection after rejection because you aren’t a licensed trucker yet.

Part of this is because you may not pass the CDL exam on your first try, which means you’ll need to spend some more time off the road studying and training for your second take. If you have told a trucking company you have your CDL, when you don’t and may not get it, then you are already setting yourself up for failure.

Trucking School Recruiters

What about those truck driving school recruiters you meet while in trucking school? They are trying to hire you, right? Yes, that is exactly right. However, you need to understand what these truck driver recruiters are actually doing. They will be looking for potential truck drivers who show professionalism, reliability, and dedication to trucking. They will also give you their information about going to a trucking orientation along with the coveted pre-hire letter.

In other words, job recruiters are scouting out the field to see who would be a good candidate to fill trucking jobs at their company. However, they are not going to hire you while in trucking school; so do not be disappointed when this doesn’t happen. Instead, focus on that trucking orientation and pre-hire promise.

Trucking Orientation Programs

Before you can get hired by a trucking company, you’ll be required to go to truck driver orientation. This requires you to have your CDL, so you will not be able to attend until you have completed trucking school. That means you should not contact trucking companies to sign up for truck driving orientation until you have passed your CDL exam and graduated from truck driving school.

After that point, you will want to contact trucking companies, primarily those connected with the truck driving recruiters you met in trucking school. Those recruiters who gave you the pre-hire letters? Now is the time to put those to work for finding trucking jobs. Your pre-hire letter automatically qualifies you to attend a trucking orientation. Therefore, you won’t have to pre-apply to attend an orientation program.

During trucking orientation, you are once again vetted by the company to determine if you have what it takes to be a trucker. You’ll have to fill out a lot of paperwork and go through training sessions where you’ll be reviewed to see how well you understand how to operate a tractor trailer. If you present yourself professionally and do a great job during trucking orientation, then you are on your way to getting hired by the company.

You may have to complete another trucking program, this time a new hire training program, since you are fresh out of trucking school. This will ensure you understand all the job tasks that are company specific, such as how to submit invoices and using in-dash cameras.

Other Routes for Contacting Employers

If you do not get a pre-hire letter or an invite to attend a trucking company orientation, what do you do next? If you are nearing the end of your trucking school training program and you don’t have any job leads, then it’s time to panic. Just joking. You are in the same position as many other trucking school grads. Start by doing a company search for trucking companies in your city or region. Go to these trucking companies’ website, if applicable, and find out more about the company’s truck driver qualifications.

Trucking Companies Hiring CDL Grads

In general, you can find everything that the company requires of a truck driver. Note that most of the trucking companies you search for will require you to have a certain number of years behind the wheel or of OTR trucking experience. This is a roadblock for new truck drivers fresh out of trucking school. One way to bypass this is to consider driving for a national trucking company, such as:

  • Werner Enterprises
  • KLLM Transport
  • Crete Carrier
  • Maverick
  • TransAm
  • US Xpress
  • CCC Trans
  • Arnold Transportation

Just remember, you want to find a trucking company hiring new CDL graduates, not a company providing CDL training. After all, at this point you are already through with trucking school. All you want is to be able to get behind the wheel and start earning some money. Fortunately, trucking school is becoming the way to go to get trucking jobs, and most trucking companies understand this. You aren’t the first CDL graduate to search for a trucking job, and you won’t be the last. So, keep the faith that there are companies out there who are looking for a driver just like you who needs a trucking job.

What is Truck Driver Orientation for New Truckers?

As you work toward finding your next truck driving job, there is one step you will need to take—truck driver orientation. First of all, understand that just because you attend truck driver orientation, you are not hired by the trucking company yet. This is key because most newbie truckers think that because they are attending an orientation, it means they have already been given a trucking job. Orientation is not company training in the sense of what you would expect when starting a new job at most companies.

What is Trucker Orientation?

Trucker orientation is a multiday conference where you are trained and evaluated according to the standards and expectations of the trucking company. During this time, the company will review your DOT information and driving history, if applicable. They will also provide you with training that is specific to their company’s needs. For example, if the trucking company provides long-haul trucking jobs for reefer haulers or flatbed truckers, then that is what they are looking for in new hires.

What to Expect at Orientation?

Orientation is typically a few days or even a weeklong event. You will need to meet at a centralized location. Most trucking companies pay for your transportation to this location. Since you’ll be spending the night there, the company will generally provide you with somewhere to sleep or pay for a hotel room. Meals and snacks are almost always provided by the trucking company, or you’ll get a stipend to pay for your food.

While at the orientation, you will learn the ABCs of how the company fleet handles loads, paperwork, payroll, and equipment. Once you have completed the orientation program, you will be provided with a job offer in the form of a contract. After putting your John Hancock on that contract, you will be officially hired on to that carrier as a truck driver.

Getting Into Truck Driver Orientation

Going to trucking orientation is the first step to getting your body behind the wheel of a big rig at most top-paying trucking companies. So how do you snag a seat at a trucking orientation program? For starters, if you are new to the industry, consider going to truck driver training school. At truck driving school, there is a chance that you will receive a pre-letter for trucker orientation. This is an offer by a trucking company, such as Butler Transport, CRST Malone, or EL Hollingsworth, for a position as a truck driver.

If you already have your CDL and several thousand miles of behind-the-wheel experience as a trucker, then you obviously don’t need to go to trucking school. In your case, contact the trucking company where you hope to get a trucking job and request an invite to their orientation program. Chances are, as long as the company is hiring, you’ll be added to the orientation roster at the next training session.

Planning for Orientation

As noted, trucking orientation is the gateway for your next trucking job. That being said, you want to be as prepared as possible for orientation. Here are some of the things you’ll want to bring with you to orientation:

  • A current DOT physical exam certificate indicating you are eligible to operate a commercial vehicle
  • Your CDL
  • A certificate of completion for truck driving school, if applicable
  • Your resume; clean paper copy stapled in the upper left corner
  • At least one letter of reference, while three letters are the industry standard
  • A printout of your CSA score, if applicable
  • Your pre-hire letter if you received one during truck driving school
  • A copy of your Social Security card or number
  • Your birth certificate
  • Banking information for payroll direct deposit

You will also receive information from the trucking company hosting the orientation regarding anything else they specifically request you bring. Start off on the right foot by bringing all the necessary documents to the orientation.

You will also receive information about how to get to orientation, along with the date and time you are expected to arrive. Do not be late. Plan in advance, so that if you need to reserve a seat on a plane or Greyhound, which is the most common way to travel to orientation, you’ll be able to do so. If you are driving, have everything lined up and ready, so you can get to the destination in ample time. Consider your arrival at orientation your first ‘trucking job’ for the company. If you can’t make it on time, it is a bad indicator of how you’ll do as a trucker.

Outcome and Expectations

The ultimate goal of a trucking company orientation is to receive a contract for hire as a truck driver. If you pass each of the steps and tests given by the carrier, and you have the experience necessary, then there is a good chance you’ll get the trucking job. What happens if you don’t get hired after orientation? Find out what went wrong and correct the issue if possible, so that when you sign up for another trucking orientation, you’ll have more luck.

Just don’t take it personally, especially if you don’t have the right documents, CDL endorsements, or work history. It just turns out you weren’t the right fit for that company’s trucking job needs. However, there is another trucking company out there where you’ll fit in, so keep job hunting.

Tips on Working with Truck Driving Job Recruiters

Truck Driver Crossing a BridgeWhether 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.