Finding the best CDL-A job for you.

In the last few months the freight market has seen dramatic changes as a number of large established companies have closed their doors, stemming from the economy downturn in the freight volumes, pricing and a market now saturated with too many trucks. The landscape for opportunities is changing, creating greater competition, as the market uncertainty continues to unfold. Here at Roadway we have put together some of the best strategies for you to navigate this changing job market

  • Complete an application and understanding the importance of honesty– When you submit an application, you’re authorizing companies to look into your personal information such as your driving history, background information and career history. Be honest, most companies prefer to hear it from you than to be surprised when your reports come back with information you failed to disclose.
  • Be prepared to be bombarded with constant calls, emails and texts– Once you would have applied to one trucking site or shown interest, you’re now open to scores of companies reaching out to you. Trucking companies will stop at nothing to get you to fill out their applications. Decline offers you’re not interested in or ask to be placed on the ‘do not contact list’. Not responding or promising to complete applications almost assures that they’ll be reaching out to you again.
  • Compare prospective companies, understand the work culture and their turnover rate – Are you looking for longevity? Somewhere to grow? Or are you just looking to make some quick bucks until the next best opportunity comes along? Know who you are going to work for! Read as many reviews as you can on platforms such as Facebook, Indeed and other trucking sites, which will give much-needed insight into a company from perspectives of past employees and current drivers.
  • Understand your compensation and Benefits– Find out specifics on the nature of the job and ask the right questions. What is my expected mileage per week and are there any guarantees? What are my payroll deductions? Ask for a pay statement and make sure you understand how to read it. When will I get my first pay check and what day will I get paid going forward? How do I get paid for detention/waiting time? What is work/home time balance? Apart from pay, what other benefits being offered such as health insurance, 401k, etc. should be discussed as this will make clear your position with the company. Ensure that before you commit, you clearly understand what you’re accepting.
  • Know how to present yourself with accidents and a criminal record Having previous accidents, felonies and misdemeanors may prove to be roadblocks in securing the perfect job. Provide detailed explanations and documentation where possible to help your application. Also, companies with smaller fleet may have less stringent requirements and will be more open to giving you an opportunity where larger companies may turn you down.
  • Preparing for Pre-Employment drug test– Prescription drugs, social drinking and recreational drugs usage, might be legal but can lead to a positive drug test. If you fail a drug test, your license will be suspended, you’ll need to go through mandatory drug rehabilitation programs and will be subjected to continuous & rigorous drug testing. If you are or were taking any prescription or other drugs, disclose this information and how long you have been taking or stopped taking them. Some traces of medication can stay in your system for up to two months and may also negatively affect your Drug test results. If you are not certain it best to buy a home Drug test Kit and conduct your own test.
  • Orientation preparation – Deciding to attend orientation means you’ve found a company you’re interested in. Before you attend ask the right questions beforehand; find out how long the orientation lasts, if I fail, is transportation also provided for me to get home? Is it a paid orientation? Will meals and accommodation be provided? Get directions to the facility and be on time. Remember you never get a second chance to make the first impression. Dress appropriately. Before leaving home, do a document checklist and ensure you have the relevant original copies of your Social Security Card, Drivers’ license, medical card, long-form and any other documents requested.
  • Job Transition– With the constant changes in the industry and the need for personal growth, jobs will be outgrown as your outlook changes. Ensure when leaving a job, you submit a resignation and give your employer ample notice to find a replacement. Complete any assigned tasks and thank them for the given opportunity. You never want to burn bridges since the industry is a constantly revolving door. The minute you start looking for a new job your current employer will be notify for previous employment verification, if you are not ready to have that conversation with your current employer, do not give Such permission on any application you fill out, until certain of the direction forward with that company. Let your current employer know you’re in the market for a smooth transition as soon as it is possible.
  • Keep your job– Once you’ve acquired your desired job, keeping that job is just as important. Ensure a clean motor-vehicle record is maintained, so moving violations and accidents must be avoided. It is better to get a lawyer to fight traffic violations and get then off your record than to just pay tickets. Remember, a driver your license is your greatest asset and you need to protect it.Review company handbooks to understand what is expected of you. Remain compliant. Stay updated with news and events in the ever-changing industry. Be flexible and willing to learn new things. Request training for any area you may feel necessary. Most companies will have the necessary resources to provide clarity and refreshers when needed. Keep yourself healthy; a healthy body and mind is your best tool. Ensure you maintain good relationships with trucking companies, so your records reflect good work ethics.
  • Looking for new opportunities–– The trucking industry is ever-changing and so is technology. Be prepared to adjust your methodologies, to learn new strategies and adopt new processes. Be ready to move away from the norm and embrace change, while keeping a positive mindset.