Choosing the right truck driver job

Is it the right driver job for you?

As a professional truck driver you have a skill set that is in high demand. However, as you begin your job-search you may be overwhelmed by the clutter of driver job boards and driver recruiting ads promising you the world. Certainly, if you choose the wrong driver job you can easily move on to the next company, however most professional drivers prefer to avoid job-hopping.

How do you choose the right opportunity for you?

The first step is to clearly think through what job factors are most important to you. This may sound obvious, however many drivers don’t take this necessary step because the number of open driver jobs is so overwhelming. Rather than taking time to prioritize their needs in an organized manner, they choose to gamble with their careers.

Know what you are looking for before you start looking. Does a predictable home-time schedule matter to you? If so, a carrier that picks up back-hauls from brokers may negatively affect their ability to offer a consistent schedule. Is having a dedicated tractor important to you? It may be worthwhile to confirm that the carrier you are considering doesn’t have a slip-seating policy. Need medical for you and you family? Don’t be willing to consider driver jobs without medical insurance simply because the pay is good.

When you clearly understand what it is that you need in a job your odds of finding the right job increase greatly. And once you do find it, it will be a place you will want to stay!

Properly target your search to fit what you want, using the right tools. For example find a good driver job-site, that offers a comprehensive selection of driver jobs. A good driver job-site will allow you to search through high quality jobs without all the flash and glitter that you see on common driver job boards. Once you find a good driver job-site, visit it frequently as new opportunities should be posted daily. Jumping from board to board will only lead to confusion and a less effective job search.

Finally, when you do identify the right job opportunity, see the process all the way through. A quality job may have several required steps, but it’s worth the effort for the right position.

 

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