Fortune favors the prepared mind.
For whatever reason, I’ve heard versions of the same story several times over the past month.
“I wasn’t really even looking for a job, but this dedicated route came open I heard about over at ‘XYZ Trucking’. They were moving fast and asked for my ‘X’, and I couldn’t find it. Anyway, by the time I got what I needed, they said they had the route filled.”
There are several documents you should be able to lay your hands on quickly, even if you are not looking for a job. You should be at least be somewhat prepared when an opportunity presents itself or if you do find yourself jobless. Have copies of the following documents ready and easily accessible at any given time:
Your Employment History with Dates of Service up to your current employment
This needs to include the past 10 years of commercial driving employment and the past three years of all employment. Importantly, you should insure that your dates of service are accurate. Also it is important to make sure that you don’t have inaccurate information being reported by a previous employer. If you do, get it corrected before the inaccurate information causes you to not get a job. A good way to accomplish these goals is to get your DAC Report.
An accident report
Especially if you have had an accident that shows up on your MVR, DAC, or PSP that wasn’t your fault. Accidents/Crashes can be a quick killer of your chances with a new employer. If your truck got hit by the little old lady driving the Buick Regal who failed to see the stop sign, the accident may show up on your MVR as “ACCIDENT”. Make sure you have the accident report to show the details.
If you were in the military, have a copy of your DD214
Many motor carriers love to recruit past military personnel. The discipline required seems to translate well for commercial driving. Have a copy of your discharge papers.
Driving school or safe driving awards
Employers want to verify your training and hire a safe driver.
You should most definitely obtain a DAC report on yourself. You need to correct any errors, add your version of events before–not after–the error or lack of rebuttal bites you.
You should also obtain your PSP Report. This report contains 5 years of crash data and 3 years of inspection data. With CSA, employers are increasingly looking at this report prior to hiring drivers. And again, the reports can be wrong, but there are ways to dispute the information. You want to do this before–not after the information has hurt you.
Finally, you should know what shows on your MVR. Maybe you’ve had some tickets that you’ve honestly listed on the employment application, but the ticket has fallen off of your MVR, or, for whatever reason, didn’t appear on your MVR. You don’t want to hurt yourself. Maybe you have never received a ticket. It still behooves you to get a copy of your MVR. An endorsement may not have expired but the MVR shows it expired. Maybe a child support failure has affected your driving status. These are things you need to know about up front and will be visible on your MVR.
It’s maddening to miss a job you should have had or go without a paycheck because of paperwork. Assemble just a basic file of documents and keep it safe. DOTJobHistory can obtain these documents, help you correct any mistakes, and securely store all of this information for instant use. Regardless of whether you use DOTJobHistory or do it yourself, it pays to be prepared.