Do you love the freedom of the open road? Are you looking for a career that offers excellent pay, valuable benefits, and the security you crave? Have you explored the opportunities offered in the trucking industry? Once you obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL), you can start applying for jobs that match your skill set and preferences. Scroll down to learn what you should look for in a trucking company and how to apply for a truck driving job. With dedication and persistence, you can find and obtain the ideal gig.
How to Apply for a Truck Driving Job
Select a Company
Before you allow a trucking company to assess your viability, you need to make sure they are the right fit for you. What is their pay rate? Do they pay per mile, or do they use another payment system? What benefits do they offer – medical insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans, vacation time, tuition reimbursement, etc.? What is their home-time policy? What sorts of trucking equipment do their drivers operate? What type of cargo do they ship? Once you find a company that fits your preferences and priorities, you can learn how to apply for a truck driving job.
Review the Qualifications
If you don’t qualify for a job, there is no point applying for it! So before filling out an application and getting your hopes up, review the company’s requirements for job applicants. For example, at Double “S” Transport, you must meet the following requirements to be hired:
- Obtain a certificate from a FedEx-approved CDL driving school
- No felonies or misdemeanors in the last 10 years
- No more than two moving violations in the last 36 months
- No more than one moving violation in the last 12 months
- Any DWIs must be five years old from the end of probation
In addition, you may need to undergo some additional steps (beyond the typical process of submitting an application, interviewing for the position, etc.) to comply with federal law. You will need to pass a physical that is compliant with the standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and you must submit to regular drug testing as required by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Apply for the Job
If you meet the requirements specified by the company, you may begin the application process. First, check online to see if the company’s website includes an application. If it does, you can print out the application, fill it out at home, and either (1) send it in by mail or (2) take it to the company’s office and submit it in person. Every application is different, but most will require the following information:
- Contact information (name, address, phone number, birth date, e-mail, etc.)
- Education (highest level of education completed, CDL attainment, special courses)
- Employment history (employers, contact info, length of employment, reason for leaving)
- Vehicle experience (straight truck, semi-trailer, double trailer, triple trailer, etc.)
- Driving experience (accident records, traffic convictions, driver’s licenses)
- References (names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
After you submit your application, you will likely need to check back for updates. You might want to send a follow-up e-mail or letter, contact the company by phone, or visit in person. If your application is approved, you will need to complete the next step: an interview. Have confidence, be prepared, ask questions, and share any valuable information about yourself (skills, talents, personality traits, etc.) that wasn’t included on the application.
Ready to Apply?
Now that you know how to apply for a truck driving job, are you ready to get started? Check out Double “S” Transport, a FedEx Ground contractor based in Springfield, Missouri. We offer team driving, dedicated runs, and extra board runs. All of our runs are drop and hook, and we pay 100% of miles from hub to hub. Our drivers average 50.5 to 52.5 cents per mile (CPM), with most drivers averaging $1,100 to $1,650 (gross) per week. Plus, we offer tuition reimbursement, health benefits (including dental and vision), vacation days, and 401k plans after 60 days of employment. For more information, call us today at 417-873-9121 or contact us here.