If you’re new to the trucking industry, your first job search to find the right trucking company for you can feel a little intimidating. There are so many options out there in the industry, it’s hard to even know where to begin. Even if you’re a seasoned veteran, there’s a reason why you’re considering a job change. Are you wanting greater pay? Better home time? A regional or dedicated route? Different company atmosphere? Whatever your reasons or criteria, it’s important to know exactly what to look for when searching for just the right carrier for you.
It’s helpful to make a list of all the things that might be important to you in your job search such as pay rate and benefits. Once you have your list, rank them in order of importance. You may also want to note which items are your non-negotiables and which ones you’d consider compromising on if a company has all the other important characteristics on your list.
After you’ve chosen a company that fits your criteria and make a decision to apply, you’ll most likely be given an opportunity to interview with a company recruiter. Interviews aren’t just for a potential employer to get to know you, but they’re also important for you to get to know your employer. Write down the questions you want to know about your potential employer: “What is your home time policy?”, “Do you offer opportunities for bonus pay?”, “What make and model equipment will I be operating?”, etc. You may also want to ask about the company’s driver atmosphere, how available your driver manager will be to you, and what qualities they look for in a driver.
There are a lot of trucking companies in our industry, but as you begin your job search, you may realize that it can be hard to find just the right one that meets all of your lifestyle wants and needs. That’s where we come in. PDA has a proprietary matching system that helps drivers like you find your most ideal company and all the advantages that come with it. Head over to our website if you’re interested in learning more.