That’s a bit of a loaded question. Finding a trucking job is probably as easy or as difficult as finding any other job in America today. You need to be the right place, at the right time, have the right qualifications, talk to the right people, etc. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few other things that might help you find work in the trucking industry today.
Are Truckers In Demand?
Reportedly, the demand is currently high for truckers, the work is easily found, and is available for qualified individuals. Unfortunately, too many people get disqualified when they apply for the position of trucker. Why is this? Organizational skills are apparently lacking in these persons who have not adequately prepared for the job application process.
First and foremost, don’t ever lie about anything that has to do with the job. Eventually, when the truth comes out, you will be fired. Right from the start, just tell the truth.
Make Sure to Have These Things Ready
In addition to a home address that is accurate and a non-expired, current CDL, have the following with you when you go for your application/interview:
- Proof of your eligibility to be employed in the United States
- A copy of your MVR or driving record
- Proof of work history – this includes DOT numbers, reference letters, old W-2s, etc.
- Former employers’ contact information and names
You Will Be Checked Out
Prior to being hired, you will undergo a background check. All commercial truckers must submit to this according to our current Homeland Security regulations. What will be checked? Your driver’s license (non-commercial and/or commercial), driving records from any and all states where a license was held, and your criminal record. A DAC report may be viewed by the recruiters and notes regarding issues with previous employers, accidents that you might have been involved in, and any previous jobs that included driving will be gone over.
Time for the Honesty
If any of the previously listed checks might turn up something that you think is even remotely questionable, it’s best to simply tell your recruiter about it right up front. This person is going to find out about the last three years worth of any nasty information including accidents, incidents, traffic tickets, etc. Letting them know right from the beginning that you want to be honest and straightforward can go a long way toward getting you hired, even if you have a minor infraction.
Medical Information and Drug Screening
This is also the time to let your possible future employer know about any medical issues you may have. Technically, the recruiter can’t inquire about your pre-existing medical conditions before they offer you a job. But if you tell them that you are 100% able to carry out a job and then end up having some type of medical ailments or needing surgery because of the pre-existing condition (or need a prescription medication that prevents you from driving safely), this could be grounds for termination. Some medical conditions may require the release of a doctor before you will be cleared for driving a commercial tractor-trailer. And any law-abiding, reliable trucking company today is going to want you to submit to a drug screening, possibly right there on the spot.
Lastly, you will probably be required to take a physical and pass a road test, should the recruiter decide you are a good candidate for hiring. Brush up on your driving skills if you haven’t been behind the wheel for a while. Second chances are few and far between.
All your efforts will be well worth it if you are prepared, speak honestly, pass the required tests and checks, and show up on time, ready to work that first day. Congratulations will certainly be in order.