In our previous post, we have talked a bit about trucking companies that hire felons. This time we would like to address the problem extensively. Many felons are considering the career as truck drivers, but most of the trucking companies in the United States require a certification or license of CDL training. The CDL training is a short training specifically made for people who are pursuing a career in the trucking industry.
This training is (of course) not free. Typically you have to prepare around $2,000 to $3,500 for the total cost of CDL training and certification depending on the type of training you’re planning to use. In general, there are three types of CDL training, divided into Class A, B, and C CDL Training. The one that cost more is the Class A, where students will have to attend a typically 20 days of training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Class B and C are shorter, with just six days of training.
As you can see, CDL training can be pretty expensive. Therefore, it is important that you prepare a good planning before you apply for the CDL training. One of the most crucial parts of that plan is to search for trucking companies that hire felons. There are many cases where these felons took the CDL training without consulting to a trucking company first and then ended up not getting a job because the company prefers to hire truck driver with no felony.
What Trucking Companies that Hire Felons?
For felons, we highly recommend lowering your standard when searching for a trucking company. Remember that you should seek experience first, and put the amount of the fee or salary on the second of the priority list. This is especially important if you have no experience as a professional truck driver.
For example, you may want to avoid searching for a job from big trucking companies, and focus your search to small to middle sized trucking company. Needless to say, it is highly probable that the fee or salary for your job won’t be as big as the big companies. However, if you have had sufficient experience, you may be able to land a job in the big company. Just make sure to be honest and tell them that you have a felony history. The same thing goes when you’re contacting the small and middle sized company. This is important because you don’t want them to learn about it later. The sooner they know the better.
Always prepare for rejection, and when they do reject you, don’t think too much about it. Just move on to the next company. It is important that you have your best behavior when you’re in touch with the company’s representative. Politely explain that you’re a felon so that they can explain what option you have. The keywords are the best behavior, honesty, and perseverance.
Don’t forget to ask for a recommendation on where to obtain the CDL licensure. It would be ideal if you can get some kind of pre-hiring note, explaining that they would hire you if you obtain a CDL license. If they reject you, ask for a recommendation on which trucking companies that hire felons and training.
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