How to Get Your First Trucking Job
Getting your first job in any field is harder than the second job you will get. The second job you get is easy in comparison. You will have relevant job experience, be able to articulate problems in the industry and how you can solve them, and you will know people that can vouch for you.
You need to get your first job without any of these positives. Problem is, you’re competing with people that have these other qualifications. You need to convince an employer to hire you over someone with job experience.
Get your CDL. This is not optional and is required for the application. Then, determine if there are other endorsements or certifications that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. For example, oilfield truck jobs require HAZMAT endorsement. This shows you are more serious than the competition that doesn’t have this and gives an additional topic to discuss in interviews.
Don’t have industry contacts that can vouch for you? Find them. Use your truck driving school (instructors, career offices) to build a list of contacts that can vouch for your abilities and your work ethic.
Your work ethic and ability to sell yourself are critical for the unexperienced driver. Any previous jobs – unrelated to trucking can be valuable in the application process and interviews. Use this previous experience to show both your work ethic and your ability solve problems that are related to the truck driving position you’re applying for.
Did you have to learn a new technology in a short amount of time? Did you work with hazardous materials (if the job requires it)? Did you have to solve problems on the fly? Mechanical work? Talk about it. Use that experience to articulate why you are perfect for the truck driving job.
Get your CDL. Get relevant certifications. Get industry contacts. Apply and interview.
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