Working With Recruiters

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A recruiter’s job at a trucking company is focused in filling open driving positions. This includes recruiting both new and experienced drivers in a variety of locations.

If you are entering the trucking industry, or looking to change companies, there is a good chance that you will work with a recruiter.  A good recruiter will provide you with an honest picture of working for a specific trucking company, and will back up what they are saying with written company policies that support the information they are providing to you.

Here are a few tips to make the most of your conversations with recruiters.

Tip #1 – Understand the Trucking industry to know what is possible and what is not.  As a professional driver, a certain degree of flexibility is required.  Trucking companies can’t typically guarantee a certain number of miles, or that you will be home at a certain time from a trip.  Many factors outside of a trucking company’s control (such as weather, traffic, or the overall economy) will affect your daily routine.

Tip #2 – Get promises in writing.  If a recruiter promises you something, such as a certain bonus, wage, or a new truck make sure you have it in writing.  This will help you get what they promised to you in the beginning.

Tip #3 – Ask for average miles and home time you can expect from the company.  For example, make sure you know the average number of miles drivers from the company can expect. Not just the top numbers when freight is the highest.

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