Month: March 2007

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Now I am "stumped"!

It’s been a few days since my last post and I am really stumped at trucking companies who don’t reply to emails and fail to respond to employment questions about their companies. I have been sitting at home waiting for a phone call from my current company to go back to work for over a month now. Because the company has been having financial problems, I decided to venture out and check out a couple of different companies I have been eying for several months now. With all of the recent discussion of a “drivers shortage” and companies complaining that they were having a hard time finding drivers, I was surprised that I have had problems contacting the HR departments of a few companies. Did they close up shop because of lack of drivers? I don’t think that HR departments are closing shop because of lack of drivers. I wonder if the CEO’s of the trucking companies in question know that there are probably several dozen, if not hundred, emails and employment inquiries from qualified drivers going unanswered.

I ask John Christner of John Christner Trucking if his HR department has noticed my half-dozen or so emails I have sent over the past week. I see their advertisements all the time looking for qualified drivers. Do they have an over abundance of emails that they can’t respond to them? I would rather get an email that says that they are too busy to respond to my inquiry than none at all! I guess company loyalty, safe driving record and many thousands of miles over the past eight years doesn’t mean anything to a trucking company anymore.

As a driver, I don’t ask for much in return. I ask that I get paid, I get paid a decent wage, I operate a truck that is safe and will get me from point A to B, and I work for a company that respects it’s hard working drivers. Am I asking too much?

I read the “want ad’s” from Eastern Washington and North Idaho today for commercial drivers. The average starting wage for a commercial truck driver who has all of his or her endorsements, graduation from an accredited driving school and two years experience as a CDL driver is $10 per hour! Doesn’t that make you sick? $1400-$1600 dollars a month to drive a commercial truck! When housing rents and mortgage payments average over $1000 a month in those areas, how does a driver support his or her family?

As long as wages remain low and benefits remain non-existant for CDL drivers, I am sure there will always be a shortage of qualified drivers!

Now I am “Stumped”!

It’s been a few days since my last post and I am really stumped at trucking companies who don’t reply to emails and fail to respond to employment questions about their companies. I have been sitting at home waiting for a phone call from my current company to go back to work for over a month now. Because the company has been having financial problems, I decided to venture out and check out a couple of different companies I have been eying for several months now. With all of the recent discussion of a “drivers shortage” and companies complaining that they were having a hard time finding drivers, I was surprised that I have had problems contacting the HR departments of a few companies. Did they close up shop because of lack of drivers? I don’t think that HR departments are closing shop because of lack of drivers. I wonder if the CEO’s of the trucking companies in question know that there are probably several dozen, if not hundred, emails and employment inquiries from qualified drivers going unanswered.

I ask John Christner of John Christner Trucking if his HR department has noticed my half-dozen or so emails I have sent over the past week. I see their advertisements all the time looking for qualified drivers. Do they have an over abundance of emails that they can’t respond to them? I would rather get an email that says that they are too busy to respond to my inquiry than none at all! I guess company loyalty, safe driving record and many thousands of miles over the past eight years doesn’t mean anything to a trucking company anymore.

As a driver, I don’t ask for much in return. I ask that I get paid, I get paid a decent wage, I operate a truck that is safe and will get me from point A to B, and I work for a company that respects it’s hard working drivers. Am I asking too much?

I read the “want ad’s” from Eastern Washington and North Idaho today for commercial drivers. The average starting wage for a commercial truck driver who has all of his or her endorsements, graduation from an accredited driving school and two years experience as a CDL driver is $10 per hour! Doesn’t that make you sick? $1400-$1600 dollars a month to drive a commercial truck! When housing rents and mortgage payments average over $1000 a month in those areas, how does a driver support his or her family?

As long as wages remain low and benefits remain non-existant for CDL drivers, I am sure there will always be a shortage of qualified drivers!

Nice Vacation from the Road

It’s been just over a month since I took my last trip out of Seattle. Our company has had financial woes because of a slow winter season. The company I work for really hasn’t recovered from the slow winter and may not have many more months to operate if business does not pick up. I really don’t think the problem is a lack of freight, I think the problem might be that the company they are leased to don’t want to put all of their eggs in one basket. This is a good strategy for a large company who needs reliable service to get their product out, but a terrible outlook for a struggling company.

I have tossed the idea about going back out on the road in a limited, OTR capacity. Although, during the spring and summer months, just about anywhere in the southern states would be good to travel. As much as I hate to admit it, I am thinking about going to work for a company who offers a pretty good lease purchase program. I have been looking at John Christner Trucking and know that they are primarily a refrigerated carrier. I have several years experience as a “refer” driver and I am sure I would fit in with the company quite well. They offer top of the line equipment, steady work year round and a top notch management team. If you are a driver for JCT or management, drop me a line, I would love to hear your comments and suggestions about the company.

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