Trucking companies are looking to find the balance between filling trucks and the risk they are willing to take filling those trucks. If a driver has more years with little incident, obviously, he is less risk than a new driver with a few bumps along the way.
There are the obvious things a company wants, clean motor vehicle record, no accidents in recent years, age limit, 21 or 23 generally. One thing that most new drivers are not aware of is how bad jumping ship looks, especially early on.
Probably the biggest challenge I see in the applications are the amount of companies a driver has been with in the last few years. For new drivers, it is critical that you stay with the first company you pick for at least 6 months. This 6 month mark is a big one in the industry. It opens up a lot of doors with where you can get hired. If you leave a new job at say the 4 month mark, you will be in for some real trouble, most companies need to see either no experience at all, or at least 6 months.
The longer you stay with your first company, the better it looks and the more doors you will open . If you stick with that first company it shows your drive and determination, it shows that you are someone who will give it your best go. It is not easy, and if you do not do your diligence and research, you could end up in a nightmare, so make sure you do your research!
Stability is something all companies would like to see, if you are a student or an experienced driver. Even a year with one job goes a long way in showing stability.
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.