Once you finish truck driving school and earn your CDL, the next step is finding your first job behind the wheel. When you apply for your first trucking job, it’s easy to feel frustrated, because so many jobs seem to ask for experienced drivers to apply. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your search more effective and efficient, so you connect with the right opportunities. These tips will help you land your first position.
Rely on Your School
A service that truck driving schools provide is helping students find employment opportunities. Look into the resources available at your school and take advantage of all of them. At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we have a partnership with DSW to help students get behind the wheel quickly. As soon as you graduate from your program, DSW will be ready to talk to you about opportunities.
Make Up for Experience with References
When you search for job options, filter your results so that you can see opportunities that are intended for new drivers. However, when you see a great position that you really want to go for, you can help to make up for your lack of experience with strong references. Ask your instructors at your truck driving school to provide you with references, and ask any driver you’ve done an apprenticeship training with to back you up as well. When employers see experienced drivers vouching for you, they’re more likely to give you a chance.
Focus on OTR Jobs
Often, local and regional driving jobs are given to truckers with some seniority. New drivers can break into the field by taking OTR jobs. Although your ultimate goal may be to drive locally so that you’re home every night, an OTR job is a great way to build up experience, so you can compete for the jobs you want.
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we help our students find their places behind the wheel with our relationship with DSW and other support services. Talk to a team member at our trucking school in Phoenix today by calling (877) 295-5372.