A report by KARE 11 TV on Tuesday January 27th, 2009, was misleading in our opinion. The report clearly stated the demand for truck driver had increased lately. That is not true!
There are still job opportunities for new drivers that have taken formal training. But, the trucking companies are not hiring as many people as they did a year ago, or six months ago. Or any time in the last 20 years.
Trucking companies are being more selective. They will not longer accept people that have had DWIs in the past. As little as six months ago they would overlook such mistakes if they were 10 years old, some companies would accept drivers with a DWI as little as five years prior. NOT NOW!
Only drivers will almost perfect records are getting hired now (January of 2009). We have job applications for several trucking companies in our office and we welcome you to come in and apply for a driving position before you start your training with us. It is normal in this industry to make sure you have a job waiting before you commit to an extensive training program.
We did send an email to KARE 11 asking them to air a clarification about this issue but to our knowledge that have not done so. Please post your comments and questions to this blog and we will reply as soon as possible.