The trucking industry is always looking for good qualified drivers. This is especially true in these times as the trucking industry is experiencing a severe shortage of qualified drivers. This is in part due to the large numbers of baby boomers retiring and fewer younger people entering the trucking industry. Good trucking jobs are available. However, in order to get the best job you must have the proper credentials. This means applicants should be well-trained and qualified to be a truck driver. Qualifications depending upon the company generally include the following:
Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Applicants must have a valid Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
Applicants must have a current Department of Transportation Medical Card or be able to pass a D.O.T physical exam.
Applicants must be able to pass a drug test.
Applicants must not have a criminal record.
Applicants must not have a record of abandoned trucks at previous employers.
Good trucking companies have low employee turnover rates. This is an indication that employees are satisfied with their jobs. Therefore, the best trucking jobs are those at companies that care about its employees. These companies place great emphasis on driver safety. A company which values employees treats them accordingly. Companies which offer a variety of trucking positions such as dry van drivers, refrigerated van drivers, flatbed driver jobs or other positions they should make sure that its employees are happy with the positions they have. Many trucking companies also provide opportunities for owner/operators who want to run their own businesses. Good trucking companies recognize the importance of providing good compensation packages and benefits for employees and proudly do so. Benefits often include the following:
1. Excellent pay
2. Steady miles
3. Sufficient home time for drivers
4. Access to quality,well-maintained equipment
5. Health insurance
6. 401(k) plans
7. Paid vacations
Drivers have diverse personalities and will choose jobs based upon their needs. Some drivers enjoy traveling coast to coast and being out for weeks at a time. These drivers enjoy the challenges and variety of being in different locations and being able to see so many areas of the country. Some drivers prefer familiar locations and enjoy dedicated routes where they do the same runs each day. These drivers prefer more home time and often choose shorter runs. Some drivers pack up their homes and literally live on the road for months at a time. Other drivers have no such interest in that lifestyle.
Drivers often ask about the best trucking company to work for. Actually, there no specific answer. Each driver is unique with his/her specific interests, skills, goals and objectives. Therefore, the best trucking job for any truck driver is one which meets the needs of the driver and the driver’s family whatever those needs may be. Drivers who choose to work for a company which best meets their criteria can work faithfully where there is mutual recognition in terms of merit and rewards. This will be the company of their dreams.