There are so many job vacancies for truck driving positions that you need to take your time to find out more so that you are sure that your choice is the best one for you.
Your first step: Make your resume.
Yes, you will need one. A good resume will showcase the qualifications that trucking companies look for in drivers. Highlight your familiarity with trucking regulations and your safe driving and on-time delivery record. Also include extra trainings that you might have that may be useful if you are also eyeing a position in management, like inventory and warehousing trainings, customer service, computer skills, specialized equipment.
Know what your goal is right now and where you want to be down the line. Consider the type of driving jobs you prefer. You need to decide whether you want short hauls or long hauls, the types of trucks you want to operate, compensation and benefits, and of course, if you meet the requirements. Also consider if you’d like to move to management in the future.
Research the company of your choice. Once you have a list of trucking companies you are interested to work for, research their background. Go to their websites and find out who they are and what they do. Research their products, manpower, number of branches they have and where and how long they’ve been operating. If the company has been involved in a lawsuit or is currently in one, find out why.
Find out everything you can about pay and bonus packages, home time, insurance coverage, retirement plans and other benefits.
Ask around. One of the best ways to dig for information about a trucking job or a trucking company is to ask the people who’ve been there. Get in touch with friends or acquaintances who might have connections or talk to the truck drivers who work for the company that you are eyeing. Talk to several so you could get a good feel of the company. Visit truck stops if you can; you might find useful information there.
Check the internet and join online trucking message boards and forums. You can chat or leave a message and there will be people willing to answer your queries. Some useful tips and insider information can be had in these websites if you are looking for truck driving jobs.
Use a popular internet search engine or go to websites like www.monster.com, www.truckersearch.com, www.fullfleet.com, www.eTruckDriverJobs.info, www.JobsinTrucks.com, www.itruckdrivingjobs.com or www.cdljobs.com. You don’t need to pay a company to search for you because you can do it yourself. Besides, there is no guarantee that you will be hired just because you paid someone to do the job search for you.
Some sites have application forms that you fill out online which make your application that much easier and faster. The response time varies so make sure you have several companies on your list of potential employers.
Did you go to a truck driving school? Most schools have a good network of trucking companies which hire graduates straight from training. Their placement assistance program can guide you in the process of evaluating potential employer’s salaries and benefits packages. Get in touch with their advisers and see which companies are hiring.
Take note that truck driving schools do not make guarantees that you will get hired. It is still the companies that will make the final decision. All the schools will do is to show you a list of possible employers and assist you in evaluating pay packages and benefits. They can also show you how to get through the interview process and how to contact the companies of your choice.
The trucking business employs hundreds of thousands of people to transport, haul or move and it is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the trucking industry also has one of the biggest job openings each year. Statistics indicate that more than 50,000 truck drivers are needed every year, as some drivers retire and the industry continues to expand. So whether you are a newcomer or an experienced trucker wanting to check his prospects, there is a truck driving job waiting for you.