Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

For the newly jobless, driving never looked so good

| February 27, 2009

Recent trucking news has reported the reversal of the driver shortage, which had appeared to be, as Jesus said of the poor, with us forever. Friday’s Wall Street Journal highlights how the competition for drivers is worse than ever partly because of people recently unemployed from car plants or construction and desperate for a paycheck.


At Prime Inc., even white collar workers are knocking on the door, a recruiting director told the Journal. The company “now more closely scrutinizes an applicant‘s driving record, number of prior jobs held and other qualifications,” says the Journal.


At Con-Way Truckload, “I’ve never seen it like this in 24 years,” says President Herb Schmidt.


— Max Heine

  • http://www.findatruckingjob.com/ Paul

    Hey Max – good article and this is touching on a lot of my thoughts for the past week. Unfortunately the Trucking industry isn’t the only sector experiencing this. Good friend of mine owns a small local truck co. and put an ad online for a $7.00/hr secretary position. Told me he had over 250+ applicants, two of which had their Master’s degrees. It’s truly tough times for everyone, but the good news is that this industry is so vital that while jobs may be cut, we’re still going to be better off than some of the other ‘fringe’ sectors. Take care out there everyone.

  • http://www.eTrucker.com Max Heine

    Interesting observation, Paul. NPR this a.m. was talking about huge numbers of overqualified people applying for fast-food and other menial jobs.

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