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Transportation careers on the rise.
By: CareerCast.com
Careers in transport are diverse but as a truck driver, you are the backbone of the industry. Remember, the company needs to fill the position as much as you want the job! Using the following interviewing techniques will help you land the job. First, we’ll review the most important interview skills you need for any job opportunity. Then we’ll look at issues specific to truck driving interviews. Dress Professionally You’re marketing yourself as a “product” and the interviewer must decide whether to “buy.” For careers in transport and while you’re out on the road, you can pretty much dress as ... more
Free CDL Training: Is It Really Free? What to Know Before You Sign the Contract
By: CareerCast.com
If you’ve thought about a career in trucking, you’ve undoubtedly encountered advertisements offering free training to drivers who sign on with the company. For those without experience driving, or limited or out-of-date experience, the prospect of earning a CDL license without spending a dime — and a guaranteed job — sounds like an unbeatable deal. Before you commit yourself to training, though, it’s important to read the fine print . Otherwise, you might be surprised to learn that free doesn’t always mean free. CDL Training Options Most employers, regardless of industry, offer some type of on-the-job training. That usually means ... more
Legislation Opens Trucking Opportunities to Military
By: CareerCast.com
A bill signed into law this autumn makes trucking career opportunities more accessible for active duty military. The Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 eases state restrictions on trucking licenses for servicemen and women, a gesture that should help alleviate two pinches on the job market. Service persons can apply experience gained driving military vehicles to the state requirements for licensing. The act also grants access to the transient military population holding residency in one state, but stationed in another. A release from the American Forces Press Service explains the benefits of the act. “Because they move frequently, service ... more
Aid for survivors of Hurricane Sandy has contributed to growth in Trucking hiring.
By: CareerCast.com
Trucking job opportunities are expected to be in high demand, the result of cargo shipping needed in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. Freight volumes rose 3.6% in November as a result of shipments into the Eastern states ravaged by the late October/early November “super-storm.” The DAT North American Freight Index reports the jump is the first from October to November since 1996. The increase in demand expedites the process for lesser experienced flatbed trucking jobs. TruckingUnlimited.com says both immediate and high volumes of need for flatbed shipments are prompting companies like Crst Malone to give newer drivers positions. Demand ... more
Trucking hiring ends 2012 on the upswing.
By: CareerCast.com
Trucking closed out 2012 with 4,200 new jobs added, bringing the year’s total of new hires in the field to 67,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reports. New hires in the truck transportation subsector rebounded late in the year after dipping during the summer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports increased hiring every month since August. Christopher S. Rugaber of the Associated Press writes : “The stable hiring last month shows that employers didn't panic during the high-stakes talks between Congress and the White House over tax increases and spending cuts that weren't resolved until New Year's. That's an ... more
Technological advances have impacts on Trucking hiring.
By: CareerCast.com
They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider." Now three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. There's just one problem. What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks - jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology? "All those ... more
An improving outlook in the American economy translates to more opportunities in Trucking.
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth suggests a stronger economy, and the improvement is reflected in trucking job opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the trade, transportation and utilities sector accounted for nearly 50,000 of the new hires made in June. Economic growth in other sectors directly impacts opportunities in trucking. As retailers stock up, more commercial trucking jobs are available. Industry improvement has been steady since bottoming out in 2010, and hiring has grown five of six months in 2013.more
Skilled truck drivers are in high-demand.
By: CareerCast.com
The entire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers as the economy rebounds, the energy industry demands more trucks and the baby boom generation, which makes up the largest pool of drivers, is aging out and getting off the roads. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will need 330,000 more truck drivers by 2020. With the average trucker being 55 years old, the industry will face a shortage in the next decade from retirements. Overall, the industry ranks eighth in the total number of new jobs during the next seven years, stacking up against professions in ... more
Labor shortages are leading to improved hiring outlook in Trucking.
By: CareerCast.com
Marketing manager Scott McNiel estimates the firm could hire 50 more drivers if it could find qualified candidates. The irony is not lost on McNiel that even in a tough economy in a blue-collar state, truck driving jobs often go begging. “Everybody wants to have a local job where they are home every night. That's not going to happen.” If projections are right, the squeeze is destined to tighten in the years ahead. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, national demand for truck drivers is projected to rise by 330,000 jobs by 2020. In 2012, it calculated there were ... more
Trucking distribution centers in the American West are booming.
By: CareerCast.com
A study conducted by an independent location counsel examined the trucking industry and distribution centers around the Western United States and Canada. Warehousing distribution is among the industries being targeted by state and local economic development agencies to diversify the economy. The study, conducted by Princeton, N.J.-based The Boyd Co., included 29 cities in the United States and Canada that have railway access. “It’s more environmentally friendly to ship something by rail than it is by truck,” said Boyd Co. CEO John Boyd. “It’s the equivalent of your SUV getting 400 miles per gallon.” Of the 29 cities, Las Vegas ... more