News https://trucking.careercast.com/archives/rss.xml Archive of Networks articles en Staying Safe Job No. 1 on Roadways https://trucking.careercast.com/article/staying-safe-job-no-1-roadways <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Staying Safe Job No. 1 on Roadways </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2016-09/trucking-article-081816.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Staying Safe in Trucking" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Trucking landed among the 10 careers spotlighted in the <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-dangerous-jobs-2016" target="_blank">2016 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report on Most Dangerous Jobs</a>. In the days since, a new column on the Department of Labor's blog underscores the hazards of working on the roadways.</p> <p>Per the DoL:</p> <blockquote><p>Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers also have the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that require days off from work across all occupations (a total of 55,710 in 2014). They rank 6th among the top occupations with highest incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work, after police officers and sheriffs, firefighters, highway maintenance workers, correctional officers and nursing assistants.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the demonstrable danger that comes inherent in trucking, drivers' top priority must be safety at all times. A Huffington Post column offers <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-morrow/3-highway-safety-measures_b_11482474.html" target="_blank">three basic tips</a> to ensure safety on the roadway.</p> <p>While case-by-case safety remains up to individual drivers, the industry as a whole is making strides to improve conditions. In 2016, the American Trucking Association released a report that found $9.5 billion invested directly in safety by employers in the trucking industry.</p> <p>Perhaps as the industry continues to make such strides, trucking will disappear from future Most Dangerous Jobs reports.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Staying%20Safe%20Job%20No.%201%20on%20Roadways%20&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/staying-safe-job-no-1-roadways&amp;2=node/47084" token="R7WyV4sGanl_RSRAl2Ig0cJ63kbAgv3YrPhr8aWXZHg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:52:53 +0000 CareerCast.com 47084 at https://trucking.careercast.com Trucking Positions In Demand In Construction Industry https://trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-positions-demand-construction-industry <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Trucking Positions In Demand In Construction Industry</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/construction-article-102014.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Trucking jobs are in demand in the Construction sector. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In August's jobs report, the BLS stated that the construction industry added 20,000 jobs, reaching a 5-year high. In addition, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, which is a 7-year low.</p> <p>Improved hiring in the construction industry offers a potential boon for those seeking opportunities in trucking.</p> <p>Trucking jobs are the second-most in-demand in the construction industry per a report.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nola.com/careeradvice/2014/10/construction_hiring_expected_t.html" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT NOLA.COM</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Trucking%20Positions%20In%20Demand%20In%20Construction%20Industry&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-positions-demand-construction-industry&amp;2=node/46404" token="EYCd-QFSvj2JSt_GEEb_HY0ZIOg03vqtMOSGG-pFTiM"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46404 at https://trucking.careercast.com Lucrative Gas Trucking Positions Open In New Mexico https://trucking.careercast.com/article/lucrative-gas-trucking-positions-open-new-mexico <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lucrative Gas Trucking Positions Open In New Mexico</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/trucking-article-110614.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="New Mexico is a hot-spot for high-paying trucking jobs. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A Delaware company announced it will invest $52 million in a truck-to-rail facility to help move oil from the Four Corners region to market.</p> <p>NLG Energy Partners’ facility will create 62 jobs initially and another 50 or so within five years, according to the state Economic Development Department.</p> <p>Most of the jobs will be New Mexico-based truck driving positions, and wages overall will average $92,000 a year plus benefits, said Angela Heisel, spokeswoman for the state Economic Development Department.</p> <p><a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/481330/news/trucktorail-project-set-to-offer-92000-jobs.html" target="_blank">CONTINUE READING AT ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Lucrative%20Gas%20Trucking%20Positions%20Open%20In%20New%20Mexico&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/lucrative-gas-trucking-positions-open-new-mexico&amp;2=node/46405" token="2ZFrT_QyAlnTrF7FdbiJQD7VJArEUQsszxtjF6-Z2qw"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46405 at https://trucking.careercast.com How to Get the Best Truck Driving Jobs - 20 Questions You Must Be Able to Answer https://trucking.careercast.com/article/how-get-best-truck-driving-jobs-20-questions <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Get the Best Truck Driving Jobs - 20 Questions You Must Be Able to Answer</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/rbrb_0116.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Learn how to prepare for an interview in the Trucking industry. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Times are tough right now with the economy, and interviews are hard to come by. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of acing the interview and getting that truck driving job you seek.</p> <!--break--></p> <p><strong>Preparing for the Interview</strong></p> <p>Preparation before an interview cannot be stressed enough. Be sure to research the truck driving company you are applying at. What loads do they typically haul, which routes, do they operate HazMat contracts, how many trucks and drivers do they have, etc. Be sure to mention in the interview any experience you have that is directly related to the company’s operations. It’s always a good idea to be aware of the state laws governing truck drivers. Here are some typical questions you should be prepared to answer:</p> <ul> <li><em>Why are you the best person for this current opening?</em></li> <li><em>What are your three best qualities?</em></li> <li><em>What is your worse fault?</em></li> <li><em>Why did you apply for this current job?</em></li> <li><em>Explain to me how you meet the requirements for this job.</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Day of the Interview</strong></p> <p>On the day of the interview it is important to dress well and look your best – first impressions do matter. Make certain that your fingernails are well groomed, as well as your hair and/or beard. Spend some quiet time going over answers to questions that they might ask. Do you know yet why&nbsp;truck driving jobs in&nbsp;that company are important to you?</p> <p>Never be late for an interview, and if you arrive too early take a short walk to calm your nerves. You need to look calm and collected. If you are a smoker,&nbsp;do not smoke,&nbsp;either before or during the interview.</p> <ul> <li><em>Are you authorized for legal employment in the United States?</em></li> <li><em>What loads have you hauled, including the largest and longest?</em></li> <li><em>How do you handle stress and pressure?</em></li> <li><em>How do you handle load deadlines?</em></li> <li><em>Tell me about your experience driving a truck?</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What Type of Interview</strong></p> <p>There are many types of interviews. Will you be meeting with someone from Human Resources, your future supervisor, or several people at the same time? Commonly, you will be told what to expect ahead of time, including the schedule of whom you will be meeting with. If you can, “Google” the people and see if you can get some hints about how to impress them. Examine the requirements for this job and think of reasons as well as examples that show you are able to meet these requirements.</p> <ul> <li><em>What is your understanding of this job and its requirements?</em></li> <li><em>Do you know anyone who drives for us?</em></li> <li><em>Do you need any additional training?</em></li> <li><em>Have you ever been asked to leave a job?</em></li> <li><em>Have you ever been convicted for a crime, or have traffic violations?</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>After the Interview</strong></p> <p>Before you leave, get a business card from everyone that you interviewed with. Be sure to email each individual and thank him or her for meeting with you. This is a gesture that would add to any good impression you have made. Take this opportunity to tell them again how much you really want to drive for them, and the good things you have heard about&nbsp;truck driving jobs in&nbsp;their company.</p> <p>If you do not hear back after several weeks, you might call Human Resources to see if the position has been filled. But if you are a good truck driver and know about&nbsp;truck driving jobs in&nbsp;any state you are applying in, and you prepared for your interview, you will hear back that you got the job! Good luck! Here’s some final questions to expect:</p> <ul> <li><em>If we hire you, how long do you expect to be with us?</em></li> <li><em>Have you served in the armed forces and if so what branch?</em></li> <li><em>What are your career ambitions in the trucking industry?</em></li> <li><em>Do you have any route preferences?</em></li> <li><em>What do you know about</em><em>&nbsp;</em><em>truck driving jobs in</em><em>&nbsp;</em><em>our state?</em></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=How%20to%20Get%20the%20Best%20Truck%20Driving%20Jobs%20-%2020%20Questions%20You%20Must%20Be%20Able%20to%20Answer&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/how-get-best-truck-driving-jobs-20-questions&amp;2=node/46390" token="sMNH6J9vx3158f4_tZZMyxdfiTj4GdBitALFgq2iYss"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46390 at https://trucking.careercast.com Falling Fuel Prices Spark Trucking Companies https://trucking.careercast.com/article/falling-fuel-prices-spark-trucking-companies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Falling Fuel Prices Spark Trucking Companies </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/trucking-article-020615.png" width="216" height="180" alt="Falling fuel prices are impacting hiring in the Trucking sector. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Tumbling fuel prices have given trucking companies more flexibility and allowed them — and their customers — to save money.</p> <p>“We’re crossing our fingers that it stays this way,” said Morgan, president of Oklahoma City-based Amazing Movers.</p> <p>The company has two diesel trucks and one that uses gasoline. All three have seen significant fuel savings over the past several weeks.</p> <p>“It brings down our overall costs and allows us to be more flexible,” he said.</p> <p>The company has begun shaving down the fuel surcharge it reluctantly added about six years ago.</p> <p>Dropping fuel prices have also coincided with transportation industry hiring climbing every month since June 2013. But the biggest jumps, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, have come with falling fuel prices in late 2014 into early 2015.</p> <p><a href="newsok.com/oklahoma-trucking-companies-save-with-falling-fuel-prices/article/5380757" target="_blank">READ MORE AT NEWSOK.COM</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Falling%20Fuel%20Prices%20Spark%20Trucking%20Companies%20&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/falling-fuel-prices-spark-trucking-companies&amp;2=node/46406" token="SB2naJaPd1xjTbiqZCA5jcPKrlvgiXQfbtqE73ts0W0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46406 at https://trucking.careercast.com So You Want to Be a Truck Driver? https://trucking.careercast.com/article/so-you-want-be-truck-driver <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">So You Want to Be a Truck Driver?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/93099029.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Learn the necessary skills to become a truck driver. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You've finally done it - you've decided to go to school and learn to be a truck driver.&nbsp; When you make the decision to start driving a truck, you're in for some major life changes.&nbsp; It can be hard to know exactly where to begin, so here are some tips that will get you behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler in no time flat.</p> <!--break--></p> <p><strong>Make Sure You Know What You're Doing</strong></p> <p>Before you invest the time, effort and money to be a truck driver, you need to know if it's really a career you're interested in.&nbsp; Many truck routes may require you to be away from your family, home life, and romantic relationships for days or even weeks at a time.&nbsp; While you may want to be a truck driver in order to get paid high wages, make sure that companies in your area are hiring and that the wages are really enough to live the way you want to.</p> <p><strong>Go to Truck Driving School</strong></p> <p>In order to be a truck driver, you'll need to pass an exam for a commercial driver's license.&nbsp; You cannot drive any large commercial vehicle (including a bus or commercial van) without this federally controlled license. The best way to prepare for the skills portion of your CDL test is to attend truck-driving classes at a reputable trucking school.&nbsp; Many of these schools also offer job placement, making it easier for you to get to work fast after passing your class.</p> <p><strong>Prepare For the CDL Exam</strong></p> <p>Even if you're feeling good about your skills test, there are still two more hurdles to overcome before you can pass your CDL exam and be a truck driver.&nbsp; The first of these is the written test.&nbsp; Try taking practice exams (books of these exams are available at bookstores and sometimes at your state DMV offices) with strict time limits, so that you can get used to the timing of the test. It’s important to answer all the questions, even the ones where you're not sure of the answer.&nbsp; There are no penalties for guessing, and a good guess could help you to be a truck driver more quickly.</p> <p><strong>The Physical Examination</strong></p> <p>You'll also need to show that you are in good physical health and don't have any conditions that could compromise your ability to drive in tough situations.&nbsp; While the medical examination can make some people nervous, it's absolutely necessary if you hope to be a truck driver. The doctor will be looking for medical issues that could affect your ability to drive, like diabetes and high blood pressure.&nbsp; Testing positive doesn’t necessary ruin your chances of passing the medical exam, as long as your condition is sufficiently controlled that it will not affect your ability to be safe on the roads.</p> <p>You must also take a drug test that will check your blood or urine for cannabis (marijuana), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines (including methamphetamine and prescription amphetamines), and PCP.&nbsp; You cannot be a truck driver if you test positive for any of these drugs.</p> <p><strong>The Day of the Test</strong></p> <p>When it's time to take your CDL exam, remember: you can still be a truck driver even if you don't pass the first time.&nbsp; Get plenty of rest and a good meal before your exam, so that you are at your mental and physical peak for your written and skills tests.&nbsp; A few mistakes are normal so don’t worry if your test doesn't go perfectly. Make sure that you bring all required documentation to your CDL test.</p> <p>If you pay an additional fee, you can take an extra test to obtain a HazMat (hazardous materials) endorsement.&nbsp; This test will look at your knowledge of safety procedures when handling hazardous substances.&nbsp; Anyone who wants to be a truck driver can benefit from this extra endorsement, which opens up additional job opportunities for truckers.</p> <p>Truck driving can be a rewarding career, and the barriers to entry are low. Probably the most important factor is to understand the life changes that will accompany your new job.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=So%20You%20Want%20to%20Be%20a%20Truck%20Driver%3F&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/so-you-want-be-truck-driver&amp;2=node/46391" token="FXKmzw0RyHcigTmy3tUaC7WRZOcOT3D_jL5qiBGgPJQ"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46391 at https://trucking.careercast.com Trucking Jobs In Construction Sector Offer Abundant Opportunities https://trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-jobs-construction-sector-offer-abundant-opportunities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Trucking Jobs In Construction Sector Offer Abundant Opportunities </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/trucking-article-021815.png" width="216" height="180" alt="Opportunities in the Trucking industry are taking off. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the past year, construction hiring increased in 61% of US metropolitan statistical areas, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.</p> <p>With the industry on the rise, some of the most abundant opportunities are in trucking positions, a WANTED analytics study finds.</p> <p>Construction employers may also feel market pressure when filling Civil Engineer, Maintenance and Repair Worker, and Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver positions. These professions have between 23 to 38 qualified candidates per job opening. These represent the smallest talent pools of the most in-demand construction jobs.</p> <p>The need for Truck Drivers across sectors is commonly known. To add to concerns, the number of job ads listed online for Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers in the construction sector increased 95% when comparing the past 30 days to the same time last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nola.com/careeradvice/2015/02/post_2.html" target="_blank">READ MORE AT NOLA.COM</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Trucking%20Jobs%20In%20Construction%20Sector%20Offer%20Abundant%20Opportunities%20&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-jobs-construction-sector-offer-abundant-opportunities&amp;2=node/46407" token="r8pmTjKjDuZlaYvkvyPgSa4fj0_aiaAu5h-1OFhETBc"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46407 at https://trucking.careercast.com How to Be a Truck Driver and Support a Family Too https://trucking.careercast.com/article/how-be-truck-driver-and-support-family-too <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Be a Truck Driver and Support a Family Too</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/86514554.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Balancing working as a truck driver with having a family life is important. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Obtaining a job as a truck driver can be an extremely rewarding experience, whether you want to improve your current job or simply wish to try something new. Likely, you are interested in the opportunity to work an independent job. There are many ways to establish a successful career in the trucking industry. First, you should consider the lifestyle, requiring you to spend many days, or even weeks away from home. Will the salary be sufficient to support your family, and how will they cope with your absence.</p> <!--break--></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>How To Break Into the Trucking Industry</strong></p> <p>There are many ways that you can break into the trucking industry, but first you obviously need to become qualified to drive a truck. These are the typical requirements for most states:</p> <ul> <li>You must possess a GED or high school diploma.</li> <li>You must earn a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), and possibly other endorsements such as HazMat, allowing you to haul and handle hazardous materials.</li> <li>You must successfully pass the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) exam to prove you can safely operate a truck.</li> <li>You must meet the minimum physical health requirements, particularly regarding vision and hearing.</li> <li>Upon passing the FMCSR, you must retake the exam every two years to maintain your status as a truck driver.</li> </ul> <p>You should seriously consider attending a private school for your training in truck driving and for the CDL and FMCSR. Private schools can be considerably expensive and time-consuming, but will maximize your chances of landing a solid driving job.</p> <p><strong>Benefits for Truck Drivers</strong></p> <p>With your training completed and your license in your hand, you will be eager to take the next step but unsure of where to go. You should seek companies that offer the following benefits:</p> <ul> <li>Cash advances</li> <li>Cost Per Mile (CPM) starting pay</li> <li>Paid vacation time</li> </ul> <p>At your job interviews you should also ask lots of questions regarding the company’s operations. What will your driving schedule be like? What states will you drive in? Will your route take you away from home for a week or more or just a day or two? Knowing what the job entails will allow you to negotiate the best deal and benefits up front.</p> <p> <strong>Earning Income as a Truck Driver&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The process of being a truck driver and earning significant income can be confusing at first. There may be many truck drivers on the road, but some of them do not stay in the industry very long.&nbsp;Supporting your family as a truck driver is not something that you should take for granted. Plan your career carefully and embrace all opportunities to improve your experience and hence income. Here are some recommendations to maximize your earning potential in the trucking industry:</p> <ul> <li>Drive as frequently as possible.</li> <li>Adapt quickly to living away from home and on the road.</li> <li>Avoid truck driving leases.</li> <li>Broaden your experience with different routes and loads, and ask for special jobs like HazMat and/or wide or long loads.</li> </ul> <p>There are legal limitations on how much driving a truck driver can actually do in a day, so incorporate regulations into your plans as well.</p> <p><strong>The Rewarding Life of a Truck Driver</strong></p> <p>As a truck driver you can make great money, especially due to the need for more drivers. There is a great deal of responsibility involved as trucking companies are required to transport cargo all over the country. You can successfully support your family as long as you drive frequently, adapt to their new lifestyle, and fully appreciate the experience.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=How%20to%20Be%20a%20Truck%20Driver%20and%20Support%20a%20Family%20Too&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/how-be-truck-driver-and-support-family-too&amp;2=node/46392" token="mbXv5sfy6O09HEyzroeD-QcNrAyASXy4A2XUrfaf_48"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46392 at https://trucking.careercast.com Trucking Employment Climbs Again With More Opportunities On Horizon https://trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-employment-climbs-again-more-opportunities-horizon <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Trucking Employment Climbs Again With More Opportunities On Horizon </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/trucking-article-030915.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Trucking industry growth in 2015 is on the rise. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Steady hiring in the trucking industry has lifted jobs to numbers near pre-recession heights. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the February 2015 gain of almost 3,000 new hires brings trucking to a total of 1.45 million employed workers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Return from the doldrums of the recession has been consistent from month to month since 2010, save occasional dips.</p> <p>Trucking's employment gains parallel hiring in construction and retail. That bodes well for prospects into the summer, as the spring and summer months typically lead to a bounce in construction employment. And, as retailers meet demand of traveling shoppers, another potential boon to the trucking industry is on the horizon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs/results/keyword/trucking" target="_blank">CareerCast.com's jobs database</a> features many opportunities in trucking. Get a head start on your search.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Trucking%20Employment%20Climbs%20Again%20With%20More%20Opportunities%20On%20Horizon%20%20&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/trucking-employment-climbs-again-more-opportunities-horizon&amp;2=node/46408" token="28wGBhksUg87yTer3Eiy8QxNvvLhL7aq9AE12bkpCUs"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46408 at https://trucking.careercast.com Driving a Truck - It's a Love/Hate Thing! https://trucking.careercast.com/article/driving-truck-its-lovehate-thing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Driving a Truck - It&#039;s a Love/Hate Thing!</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CareerCast.com</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/78427754.jpg" width="216" height="180" alt="Learn to embrace what you love in the Trucking industry. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Who wants to drive a truck for a living? Those who are seriously interested have to first ask themselves: “Am I aware of all that is needed to be successful at driving a truck?” Most people can be successful when driving a truck&nbsp;for a living, but they have to make sure that they do it for the right reasons. In addition, they need to be fully aware of what it will mean to them and their families.</p> <!--break--><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The majority of people driving a truck, as well as the ones who are considering this career right now, are doing it for the money. The biggest challenge is to make sure that their families support them being away from home for long periods. Many old hands will tell stories of how hard it is and how lonely it can get when driving a truck, but the positive side of it all is that it can be done. Those same old truck drivers will tell any newbie that it is a very fulfilling job and that they love the life on the road.</p> <p>Before anybody starts driving a truck, they need to be aware of the pros and&nbsp; cons of this career, so that they can make an informed decision about their future in the business.</p> <p><strong>The pros</strong></p> <ul> <li>The income potential when driving a truck is a huge attraction; that cannot be denied. Any new truck driver can expect to earn $30,000 to $50,000 a year, depending on whom he works for. Company drivers earn between $70,000 and $80,000 per year, while a&nbsp;team&nbsp;driver is able to earn over $100,000.</li> <li>There are numerous business opportunities. A truck driver can either work for a company or become an independent owner-driver, meaning that he will be working as a freelancer. Many truckers have expanded their business by buying extra trucks and hiring additional drivers to work for them.</li> <li>The training for driving a truck&nbsp;is usually cheap and at times it is even free.</li> <li>The lonely lifestyle can be a huge attraction for some individuals. It is only they, their truck, and the open road.</li> <li>Truck drivers instantly become part of a very large community, an extended family, where people are often willing to help and advise.</li> <li>Driving a truck allows you to travel all over the country and possibly beyond.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The cons</strong></p> <ul> <li>The main disadvantage of driving a truck&nbsp;is being away from home often. It can be very hard on family life.</li> <li>A high turnover of drivers.</li> <li>It can be a dangerous job at times.</li> <li>Other people do not always respect individuals who drive truck for a living.</li> <li>Drivers tend to learn bad habits on the road, such as an unhealthy diet.</li> <li>For some it is depressing to be alone on the road for so long.</li> </ul> <p>Those people that enter this industry without doing research first, without asking questions about the career, or discussing it with their family, are usually the ones that do not make it in the end. They are the ones that complain the most. It is essential for any new truck driver to make sure that this job is for them. Many truckers love what they do and most of them are proud of the money they are making and the work that they do, but you will find that these drivers started out in this business for the right reasons and in the right way.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Driving a truck&nbsp;can definitely be a very satisfying career choice, which offers many advantages as long as you realize beforehand what it will take to be successful in this job. With the right preparation and with a positive attitude towards the job, anything is possible. If you make a success when you drive truck, you will definitely make a good living and you will remain part of a very tight community that will always look out for each other.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-disqus-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field__item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Driving%20a%20Truck%20-%20It%27s%20a%20Love/Hate%20Thing%21&amp;1=https%3A//trucking.careercast.com/article/driving-truck-its-lovehate-thing&amp;2=node/46393" token="pS7f0jIoRbqe05rp0v8Ohg7r429Sj84hXQdOM67rXpU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:31:33 +0000 CareerCast.com 46393 at https://trucking.careercast.com