When you are looking to get into trucking, it is imperative you find the right company to start with, as discussed in my post of "what makes a good app" on 3/11. Don't be a lazy slump and let one pick you, you need to find the company with a little research.
How do you find a good company? It will depend a lot on you and your situation, but there are some basic things to look for that might make your choice a little easier.
How many drivers are on a fleet manager/dispatcher's board? If you are looking at a monster big company, they assign 75+ drivers to one board. How the heck will your fleet manager know who you are and how to best keep you moving with 75, or even 100 drivers to keep moving?? How will he/she not get burned out supporting that many drivers?!
Companies with 35-40 drivers on a board are the safer bet. The fleet manager is not wore out from keeping track of too many drivers, he will answer the phone when you call him, there is a better chance of him knowing how you like to run so he can help make life out there a little easier. You will have a better relationship that is not rushed so you will feel safer and better cared for. (I know, most of you are men, you do not care about feeling safer or cared for, but I assure you, it is nice)
Another huge red flag is a company that has a "recovery division". A recovery division is dedicated to recovering abandoned trucks. Think about that, a division dedicated to recovering abandoned trucks! Why do you think they have so many abandoned trucks? Things are so bad, drivers jump ship despite the fact that an "abandoned truck" on their work history will slam a lot of doors shut for them.
They are a company that hires the kind of drivers that will just abandon ship vs having some professionalism to do things right, so you will be on a team of jack asses to put it bluntly. Good chance the safety ratings are going to be hell in a hand bag for that company, so not likely to get the earned green light of a Pre-Pass.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.