Getting a Trucking Job with No Experience

by Austin Haskew on May 20, 2012

No experience trucking jobs can be hard to find if you don’t know how to go about it.  Unfortunately, it’s harder than it should be to find a job, any job, if you don’t have experience in that particular field.  It’s the classic Catch 22—you can’t get a job without experience but you can’t get the experience without a job!  There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting your first trucking job.

First, don’t be stingy with your resume.  Invest in some good resume software or enlist a knowledgeable friend who knows how to make a resume look good.  Distribute it online, to local trucking offices and to state, city and county agencies.  Be generous!  The more your resume circulates, the more likely you are to get a job.  Be sure to include letters of recommendation from your instructors from your truck driving school if possible.

The second important thing is to go against everything you’ve ever been told and lower your expectations.  You’ve probably been trained to expect the best of yourself and shoot for the moon when it comes to your career but, remember that anywhere you start is better than not starting at all.  First time drivers don’t often get plum jobs unless their family owns a trucking company.  Take what you can get and use it as a stepping stone toward a bigger goal.

Have you dreamed of OTR (over the road) trucking?  If you are inexperienced, you might just get your wish.  Most truckers with years of experience prefer to stay closer to home and are often given first choice of regional or local jobs.  Inexperienced drivers often get their first chance to drive with OTR jobs.  Sometimes you are teamed with a veteran but you might be on your own. This is where you’ll need the planning, map reading and other skills you learned for your CDL license.

You might also consider part time driving jobs.  More and more companies are hiring part-timers rather than full time drivers so that they can avoid offering benefits and higher pay.  It’s an unfortunate strategy that all sorts of companies are using to survive these days.  It may not give you the pay you want or need, but you will definitely get experience.  Offering to work on a trial basis will increase your chances of getting a job, too.  If the position doesn’t work out the company will appreciate being able to terminate you with no complications.

It’s important not to be picky when you’re looking for your first trucking job.  Once you get that first few months of driving under your belt, you’ll find it easier to get other jobs which brings you closer to whatever your goal in the trucking industry might be.

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richa June 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hey Joseph
These tips are not only important to trucking jobs but also to any other job. Thanks for sharing,

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shawn mahan July 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I drove over the road five years but don’t have any over road in five year last trucking my last over the road job was with Smith way motor. Hauling flat bed boats hauled spend boats pontoons loved my job over road my problem is I took short long term disability been off road driving log term disability for five years been disability now ready go back over road need aover the road trucking job

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