6. Get Added CDL Endorsements. Yes, it’s some extra cost, an extra test periodically, but high dollar freight takes a higher level of insurance which means the driver will be held to a higher standard of knowledge. Tanker drivers make more than van drivers. HAZMAT freight drivers make more than flatbed. Double and triple endorsements mean you can haul more freight, meaning you can make more $/mile.
7. Don’t Have Your CDL? If you’re going to school or to get training to obtain your CDL, you need to be aware of all of your options. Some of the big companies actually have their own school, will train you a minimal expense, and guarantee you a job when you graduate. However, they do sometimes require you to drive for them for a certain amount of time – which is fair – considering they footed the several thousand dollar bill of you obtaining your CDL. You might also go to an independent school or a lot of junior colleges have CDL training programs. You might have to get a loan or pay out of pocket, but you’re on your own in terms of deciding you drive for in the coming months and years upon graduation.
8. Get Current on DOT and HOS Requirements – Both Federal and State. The federal regulations don’t always exactly line up with the state regulations. You need to know the different rules of the road and rules of cartage for the freight, truck, time, speed of delivery with regards to the states you’re traveling through because regulations can change just by crossing a state line. But, if you know this info in advance, you’ll have a more successful driving career, because you’ll know info other drivers don’t. It might seem boring to research, but exceptionally helpful in a sticky situation.
9. Join Your State’s Trucking Association. Every state has one and the dues are usually pretty reasonable. You can stay current on regulations while also learning the whos and whats of your state with regards to trucking. Again, this is info that you never know when it’ll help you out. Also, if you get involved – even a little bit, you’ll meet a lot of people with a lot of connections to the trucking industry, and that can quickly lead to better employment opportunities.
10. Be Extra Careful Driving. This is THE most obvious thing to keep in mind when trying to get a better trucking job. Think about it, safe drivers, with safe driving histories, get the best jobs. Why? They take their time, do what their asked, and do it without damaging cargo, equipment, or the company’s name. You do that and you’ll be the one getting the better pay, better home time, and bigger bonuses.
½. Do Some Research. You need to know what opportunities are out there. You need to know the names of the companies that are hiring. Go to your local truck stop and find some of the digest magazines, they’re covered with advertisements. But if you really want to know all the trucking jobs info quickly, use the Internet. Go to a search engine and search for some companies or find a site that lists lots of companies that are hiring truck drivers. You can contact them, read about them, or apply with them, all from the convenience of your home. Imagine if you got a list of trucking jobs offers to choose what’s best, versus, having to call a company and settle for what they give you. Also, when you interview, get a haircut first, shave, and dress up a little. You only get one opportunity to make a first impression, so be sure to make a great one.
Yes, this is a bit detailed, but it’s also truth. Pay attention to some details, some small things, and you’ll get big rewards. I’ve worked in the trucking advertising industry for about 8 years and these are just some of the general helpful hints that recruiters look for that drivers don’t pick up on. If you’ll cross all your I’s and dot all your T’s you’ll be sure to be rewarded. Best wishes to you in you trucking career!
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