How To Find The Right Trucking Company To Work For
Last time, I talked about taking the time to sit down, plan your life, figure out what your priorities are, then go out there and look for the trucking company that will be able to fit your priorities into your work.
It’s important for you to understand that you must put yourself first. Put yourself first by figuring out what you want, then look for the company that can meet those needs. That will stabilize your life. It will stabilize your work-life and it will help you succeed in the long run.
If you can take the time to plan, it will help you succeed in the long run.
So, what I want to do today is a follow-up to share with you a resource that I got to know about, two or three years ago, that I believe can help you succeed in finding the right trucking company to work for.
Just to give you the background story, I got hired on with my current company in 2010. The company was going through some changes so they hired about 15-20 truck drivers.
But as of today, only two of us are still working with the company. The rest of the drivers quit because of one reason or another. Some were let go because of some mistakes or accidents, or whatever the case maybe.
Since then, from what I can tell, I think they’ve only been able to hire on about two or three drivers as company drivers. But, we do have a lot of truck drivers that we work with.
So, where do they get those drivers from?
Until the company started hiring those drivers, I didn’t know that employment agencies that are geared toward truck drivers existed. I had never heard of them. I was surprised when they brought in drivers from driver employment agencies.
And, talking to some of these drivers, they were surprised too because when they applied, they thought they were applying to a trucking company and then come to find out, it was an employment agency.
I think that driver employment agencies are a resource that most truck drivers don’t know about, yet it is a resource that can really really help you get into the right trucking company to work for you.
The other advantage of working for employment agencies is, if you are a driver that is working over the road and you want to start working as a local driver, it’s also an opportunity for you to go through an employment agency.
Employment agencies work with different trucking companies. These companies are either private carriers or local trucking companies.
What happens is, if a driver calls off, or is going on vacation, or something happened and they need somebody to fill in that position for a few days or maybe a few weeks, they call the employment agency to help them staff that position for that period of time. The agency will then call you - their driver, have you come work at that company. When that time is done, they will assign you to another company.
Some drivers that are working for us through the agency want to be hired on with our company but for some reason, our company is not hiring drivers at the moment. But, I know drivers that have been working through an employment agency who left our company and the employment agency because they have been hired on permanently with another company they liked.
I’m sharing this with you to say that it’s a good way for you to check out companies, talk to drivers in those companies, to help you figure out which company you want to work for, then see if there are any openings.
If you are a good driver and an opening comes about at a company that you want to work for this can be a very good opportunity for you to get into that company. Companies can tell from the way you work if you are a good driver that they would want to hire on.
So if you really prove yourself to be a good driver, when an opening comes about and you want to work for that company it will be easier for you to get into the company.
The other thing I have seen with these agencies is, you also have the flexibility of setting your own schedule. You can tell them which days you want to work of whether you want to have a mixture of over the road driving and local work. Because some of the companies will need drivers to go maybe deliver an overnight load or go out for a week.
Talking to the drivers that work through these agencies, some of them love that flexibility because they don’t want to just be a local driver, they get bored when they just do local work so they want to be able to have that mixture of both local and regional, or over the road work.
So, if this is something that you think would help you find the right trucking company or you think it would work for the lifestyle that you want, (you want a mixture of local work and regional work), or you just want to make a shift from over the road to local work, using employment agencies is one of the ways that you can achieve that.
Look within your area, see if you can find any employment agencies that are specifically dedicated to truck drivers and see if they can help you achieve your goal.
Until next time,
Stay blessed and stay safe!