It was spelled out at a recent seminar on getting hired for the trucking industry of BE PREPARED! This recent seminar for new drivers on how to get a job in the industry was focused on what is required to get hired on with the top carriers in the country. The message that came from industry expert Guy Broderick was be prepared and professional.
Guy outlined what he looks for as a top recruiter in the industry when interviewing new applicants for the job. “People show up in dirty clothing, inappropriate shoes, and a lack of requirements like safety vests, gloves, a hammer, and safety boots and expect to do a proper road test. Applicants need to be prepared to do a proper road test and not assume that we have all of that equipment waiting for them, show me you’re prepared.”
On the road test itself Guy mentioned that you can tell the difference when someone has certified training and understands how to do a pre-trip inspection properly and those that don’t. He has had people looking for items like brake fluid on a tractor trailer where it doesn’t even exist. How you perform on a road test shows trainer the mannerisms and mental attitude on the road. Many of the top carriers are becoming very choosy of the type of candidates being chosen for their fleet. Part of that is about safety, but there is also an image factor.
First impressions count and it starts with your resume. Completing your resume properly and paying attention to details such as how you present it to the recruiter are very important. Dressing as if you may get interviewed on the spot is also suggested. “I see so many people come in to fill out an application and are surprised when a member of management comes out of the office to talk with them on the spot”, said Guy. Be prepared from the start.
Highlights of the seminar were be prepared and present yourself with professionalism. Know what you are talking about and know some background information about the company. Be prepared for the road test by bringing your own safety equipment and put your best foot forward.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com