Does this look familiar?
“…. if you’re a trucker looking for a truck driving job, our free service will help you find the best truck driving jobs out there. No need to fill out multiple job applications … just fill out our online application once and we will forward it to trucking companies that are looking for drivers with your experience and skills. Then, just sit back and wait for the trucking companies to contact you.”
Ouch … the operative words here are ‘just sit back and wait’ …. and it could be a long wait.
So, while on the surface this seems like an easy, convenient and quick way to find a trucking job, what’s wrong with this picture? One answer is that many other truckers are doing the same thing because it’s easy, convenient and quick: ‘blitzing’ trucking companies that may or may not be interested, may or may not be hiring, with a generic application.
If you think your phone is going to ring off the wall from trucking company recruiters who can’t wait to hire you … it just doesn’t work that way most of the time. A recruiter may contact you – once – and then you can’t ever seem to reach that same recruiter again.
For the trucking companies it’s a numbers game only; they can pick and choose at will. And they do. Because while there may be a shortage of drivers there is no shortage of people wanting to become truck drivers. And many companies hire students, and student graduates as well as experienced drivers. And while there is nothing wrong with those companies hiring students and student graduates, if you are an experienced driver, you may be much happier with a company that hires only experienced drivers. It’s a different environment ….
Using the approach of submitting one application to multiple companies simultaneously is almost like fishing … throw the line out there and wait to see if anything bites.
While this approach gets results for some truckers, is there a better and more professional way to find a good driving job ? Yes, there is …..
Submitting an application to multiple companies can actually hurt you because, in effect, it could be regarded by some companies as an inappropriate way to find a job. It’s also less effective for some very good reasons because how can you know …
- if whomever is reviewing your application and selecting companies understands your qualifications and objectives
- if each trucking company that your application is being sent to is a company that you would want to work for
- if you are being represented by someone who is genuinely working on your behalf
- that ‘blitzing’ trucking companies won’t be interpreted as the actions of a desperate job hunter
As an independent truck driver recruiter, a career advisor and employment specialist, I admit I am biased and I believe that the proper way for a professional career truck driver to look for a trucking job is to work with an industry career professional who will speak with you, and interview you personally one-on-one, so that:
- you have an opportunity to present yourself as a professional
- you have an opportunity to present your qualifications and your objectives accurately and effectively
- you have an opportunity to share in the decision as to which companies you would like to consider
- you have an opportunity to personally address and clarify any issue that may otherwise cause you to not be hired
The right trucking industry career professional works with you and works for you. Together you make decisions and devise a plan. You have someone who:
- does all the legwork for you
- is like a mentor or a career coach
- knows the industry and understands what you are looking for
- helps you with today’s objectives and tomorrow’s career goals
- helps you find the job you are looking for
So, nix the blitz … there is a much better way !