Long haul trucking is not the type of profession that appeals to everyone. It takes a particular sort of person to prefer the solitude of the open road to a bustling office or retail store, just for example. But if you would rather earn a living hauling precious cargo and spending your days in a cab as opposed to sitting at a desk, then perhaps you are well-suited to the job of driving a truck.
Of course, you’re going to have to find a job first, and there are a couple of ways to go about it. First, you have to figure out if you can afford to purchase your own rig and operate independently as a truck for hire or if you’re going to work for a company that has its own rigs. From there, you can begin to search for suitable jobs, and here are just a few tips to help you find the gainful employment you seek.
Network. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been driving a truck for a while now, you’ll discover that one of the best ways to find jobs is by creating a network of contacts that you can call when you’re looking for work. Getting acquainted with others in your industry doesn’t have to be difficult, either.
Many drivers frequent the same eateries and inns along the highways and byways that lead to their pickup and delivery destinations. And many use their CB radios to talk to other drivers in their immediate area when they’re on the road. So strike up a conversation, trade cell numbers, and build up a network of professional contacts that can help you to find work down the line. You may even be able to return the favor.
Trucking magazines. Trade publications often have sections listing ads for work, from one-off jobs, to recurring routes, to full-time, stable employment. By using these resources, generally available at major truck stops, you can find opportunities for work and select the type of trucking job that suits your particular circumstances.
Online search options. These days, most job searches are conducted online, and if you work in the trucking industry, you’re no exception to the rule. Many trucking companies participate in industry job boards or simply post job opportunities on a section of their website. So searching and applying for jobs is often as simple as clicking a link and uploading a resume.
Cold calling. If you’re not having much luck finding jobs by other means, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through unemployment. You can take the initiative to call companies you’re interested in and ask if they’re hiring or if they’ll at least take your resume and keep it on file for when they are hiring for truck driver jobs again.
Focus on your resume. Truck drivers all do basically the same job, but you can increase your value by continuing your education, undergoing additional training, and learning everything you need to know to eventually own and operate your own trucking business. Whether you’re speaking with representatives from Star Driver Recruiting or you’re looking to take your business to the next level, building your resume with added education and experience can only help.