Dear GG—I just got my license in 2005, and this is the third company I’ve driven for. Every time I make a move, things get worse. I cannot get over how easy it is for recruiters to lie! Are they all liars?
My biggest problem with the companies is that they claim that I don’t have to touch the freight and they’ll get me home when I want to get home. So far, I haven’t run into one company that has kept to their word. This sucks.
“This” doesn’t suck, Howie, you do. The responsibility to find a good employer is yours. Ask six to 10 drivers what they like about the company, what they dislike, and how their current employer compares to others. Look at the length of time the driver has spent at each company, and more importantly, listen for driver red flags.
If a driver changes companies often, it could indicate an issue with the driver, not the company. Either the driver is too new (like you) to know better, or s/he has performance issues. If the feedback is positive, you stand a better chance of making a well-informed decision.
Howie, I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. However, if you continue to churn through companies, please consider a local driving job, or another career. The over-the-road lifestyle isn’t for everyone.
P.S. Not all recruiters lie. The smart (honest) ones know that truckers talk. Just like good drivers, they’re out there.
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