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Questions New Truckers need to ask their recruiters before signing up


Published on | Prospective truck drivers should be sure to ask recruiters for trucking companies and trucking schools lots of questions about training, conditions and pay before signing on. Recruiters can provide valuable information, but remember their first job is to sell you on the company they work for.

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Questions New Truckers need to ask their recruiters before signing up

  1. 1. Ready To Roll?Questions New Truckers Need To Ask Their Recruiters Before Signing Up
  2. 2. Connecting With A New Career Recruiters for trucking schools and companies can connect you with a great career that will provide steady work and income for you and your family. Trucking employs millions of people in the U.S., and there will always be a need for safe and skilled operators of trucks. Many new truck drivers don’t ask their recruiters the right questions when they’re considering signing up for a class or job, leading to disappointment and dissatisfaction. Knowing what to ask and what to look for will help new drivers get off to a better foot in their new career.
  3. 3. Fact: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucking jobs are expected to increase by 11 percent over the decade. Recruiters for trucking schools and companies work to bring new students and drivers into their organizations – that’s all. They’re not human resource officers and they are not dispatchers or managers. Their sole role is to make their organization look as attractive as possible and recruit new students and drivers.
  4. 4. Recruiters can help new and prospective truck drivers by informing them of the best reasons for attending the school or working for the company the recruiter represents. As every school and company are different, recruiters provide a vital source of information about the school or company you’re considering. They can inform you of class schedules and duration, probationary periods, company pay and perks, company policies and more. Fact: Nearly 70 percent of all freight tonnage in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without trucks and truck drivers, the U.S. economy would grind to a halt.
  5. 5. • How many students are in each class? • Will we get extra practice time? • Does the school offer onsite testing? • How much drive time does the school offer? • What type of accreditation does the school have? • Are there online options for classwork? • What are the qualifications of the drivers? Questions For School Recruiters
  6. 6. • What is your home-time policy? • What are your major lanes? • What pay and benefits are offered? • How are meals reimbursed? • Will I get a dedicated driver manager? • How much loading and unloading will I be responsible for? Questions For Company Recruiters Fact: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a tractor-trailer driver in the U.S. is $18.37 per hour.
  7. 7. The quality of the recruiter doesn’t always represent the quality of the trucking company or school you’re representing, so do your own research. Sometimes recruiters talk a great game for companies and schools that fail to deliver. Other times unmotivated, overworked recruiters don’t make the school or company look as good as it actually is. Follow up conversations with recruiters with site visits and talk to employees or students to get a more accurate picture.
  8. 8. One of the great things about the trucking industry is the opportunity it offers. With just a small investment in training, prospective drivers can quickly get the skills they need to embark on this career. Truck drivers typically need: • To be at least 21. • Have a valid driver’s license. • A valid commercial driver’s license. • A good driving record free of DUIs, reckless driving citations and other major traffic offenses for the past three years. • Other training per state regulations and company guidelines. Getting Onboard
  9. 9. The CDL is the driver’s license that allows drivers to legally operate big trucks. With this license drivers can operate vehicles weighing more than 26,000 lbs. for commercial use. Training for CDL approval includes training about safely operating the vehicle and securing loads it may transport. CDLs cover tow trucks, tractor trailers, buses and other large vehicles.
  10. 10. About Shark Trucking Shark Trucking is a full-service trucking company headquartered in Houston, Texas. Shark Trucking, founded in 1993, has over 60 units in operation and moves more than 500 million lbs. in freight each year. For drivers, Shark Trucking offers competitive pay and benefits and scheduling that allows plenty of home and family time. For more information, visit or call 1-800-556-4667.