Looking For A Truck Driving Job? These 3 Tips Can Help!

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
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Looking for a new job can be difficult, especially if you have been working somewhere for a while. You may not be used to filling out applications online and you’ll definitely have to update your resume. For truck drivers, finding a job can be even more difficult. Most can’t sit down at the computer or call around because of their schedules. If this sounds like your situation, the following tips can help during your search!

1. Go online

You don’t have to have a computer to search for jobs on the internet! A smartphone or tablet work just as well these days. Most websites are built for these devices anyway, so you should be able to access most options easily. If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry. One “traditional” way to look for jobs online is to check out company websites to see if they are hiring. This can be a good place to start if you have some places in mind already.

Look at general job-hunting websites

Websites like Monster and Indeed are good places to look for trucking jobs. This is because there are a lot of options available in one place, as well as search filtering features to make things easier. You don’t have to stick to the current area where you live, either. As an added benefit, you will likely be able to store different versions of your resume, as well as all of the jobs you’ve applied for. This makes keeping up with everything convenient.

Check out websites meant only for trucking jobs

If general job search websites are too much, look for trucking-only websites. They won’t be as popular, but you could find a new job faster. These sites usually have filters for licenses, endorsements, and cargo types. You could also try online forums for truckers, social media groups focused on the industry, and individual trucking company social media pages.

Try a search engine

Typing something basic into a search engine is a great place to start a broad search for trucking jobs. They do some of the hard work for you by using past search history, location data, and other factors to return the best possible results for your search. You should be able to find local job openings very fast this way. Unlike searching for trucking jobs on job sites, you won’t be able to store any options you want to save, though.

2. Use your connections

You likely have more connections than you think! If you want to start your job search by asking around, consider those outside your family and friend group. This includes other truck drivers, school instructors, and your past mentors that work in the industry. Also, you can check out bulletin boards at truck stops and keep an eye out for billboards and other types of advertisements.

3. Things to remember during the job hunt

After you know where to look for truck driver positions, there is the process of applying for jobs. You likely know you will need to update anything outdated on your resume and brush up on how to handle a job interview. Here are some other things to keep in mind that can help you in your search!

  1. Know what you want. You should know what type of position you qualify for, the general areas you want to work in, and what salary you are looking for. Also, keep in mind your certifications and the trucks you are able to drive.
  2. Find out about each company. Pay and hours are, of course, important, but you should research each trucking company too. You will want to look into their culture and how they treat their employees and clients.
  3. Have everything organized. This means having your resume and any necessary documentation ready to send to trucking companies. You can store files on tablets and laptops, and even save things to the cloud online.
  4. Make sure you are on a secure and reputable website. Do this before you send any information out, especially anything personal like your phone number, address, and social security number.
  5. Give yourself enough time. Try not to start an application until you can focus. If that means applying during your off time, shut out any outside distractions. If you’re at home, you can do this by shutting the door or using headphones. While in your truck, you can use your cabin curtains.

Want a change of pace?

If you’re looking for a trucking company that values the safety and well-being of its drivers, Kimrad Transport, LP is looking for YOU. We offer a variety of benefits to our truck drivers and team members, including insurance, retirement plans, updated equipment, paid training, and more! Headquartered in Amarillo, texas, we have multiple locations as well to help keep drivers closer to home.

To learn more About Us or to Apply for a position, give us a call at 1 (866) 359-3882. You can also Contact Us by email to learn more.