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!
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2 comments

  1. These companies who are not responding to emails are really out in left field and are missing the boar. Why? There are simple programs called “auto responders” that will instantaneously reply to every incoming email. The reply should be a well-crafted letter that can say anything the company wants to say – even, as you mentioned, a reply that says “we have been overwhelmed with emails recently but your email is important to us. We’ll get with you within the next day or so”.

    This would satisfy most emailers who so badly need a response when embarking on a job search.

    Again, these programs are called “auto responders”. Intelliconnect is one such company; Aweber is another.

  2. Companies that do local driving are especially bad. They think that OTR drivers want off the road so bad they are willing to work for nothing to be home every night. This won’t change until there really is a shortage.

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