You have earned you commercial driver’s license. You are through CDL training, and you’re ready to work. Where to go now?
Houston trucking companies are a good place to start. Even if you don’t yet have your CDL, but want to earn one, they may be the place to go.
Houston trucking companies are where most of the trucking jobs are at if you’re looking to get into the trucking industry. Of course, you have many options if you aren’t looking to drive a tractor trailer for a living, but still are looking to get into the into the commercial driving industry, then you can avoid the Houston trucking companies and look to other employers.
There are of course the usual outlets: shipping companies of other types, the construction industry, school systems, departments of transportation (who hire city bus drivers), sanitation companies, and many other employers also hire people who hold a CDL. Even limousine companies need people to drive who possess a CDL.
So you have options, but if you’re looking to get into trucking, there is no more reliable option than Houston trucking companies. And here’s something else to consider: on occasion those trucking companies will even train you themselves. Sometimes at a greatly reduced rate or even free of charge.
Here’s how they do it: trucking companies of course have many experienced drivers, whom the company gets licensed as instructors. The Houston trucking companies then open up a school or a training facility where they offer free or greatly reduced tuition, in exchange for the driver, upon graduation, agrees to work for the company for a set period of time.
That sounds like a great deal, right? And so it is, though there are obviously risks to that approach. When you are beholden to a trucking company for a period of time, you must stay there and work for that period of time. If you leave the job, you may be required to pay back that tuition, which can be something many new young professionals can’t really afford to do right out of the gate.
That means if you end up not liking your supervisor, or if the company has policies you don’t like or agree with, you may be, for all intents and purposes, stuck in that position with little or no recourse.
We’re not taking a position either way on that issue, but buyer beware. Do some research before entering into an agreement of this type, is our best advice.
When you’re applying for jobs with Houston trucking companies, it’s important to go through the job hunting process just like any other job. Get your resume updated with your most recent employment, educational changes (such as, you know, graduating from CDL training), and applicable skills. Many people tailor their resumes to the job they are applying for. For example, if you are applying for trucking jobs, it may not interest a potential employer that at your last job as a fry cook, your reputation as a master spatula slinger may not be of interest to management of Houston trucking companies.
However, if you also doubled as restaurant manager on your shifts, however, that demonstrates leadership skills and may be a pertinent job skill. That’s what it means to tailor your resume to the job.
So when you’re looking to Houston trucking companies for a job, be sure to show them exactly what you have to offer them. Put your best face forward and show the industry why you need to be a part of it. You have put a lot of time into developing skills and building yourself up to the point where you have earned your CDL license and are ready to work in the trucking industry. Be sure you are demonstrating that you have developed those skills, and that you possess others that will be of service to the Houston trucking companies you are working for.
They don’t know what you have unless you show them. Make sure the impression you are making says to them “you really need to hire this person.”