Who's the Boss?

| April 07, 2005

Ideally, you ought to be able to manage your own miles as long as you are satisfying dispatch. There ought to be a clearly stated policy giving you authority over your personal safety and your load. Any carrier that forces you to keep schedules despite bad weather conditions or urges you to run beyond the legal limit is not the best place to work.

Don’t wait for orientation to find out the important information. If you have traveled to find the right job only to discover in orientation that some element of the operation doesn’t fit your needs, you will either have to live with your error or look elsewhere. One question to ask ahead of time is if you will be paid for orientation. Some companies do pay, and the best will often pay for some of your travel expenses.

Double-check significant facts by having more than one conversation and having verification of conversations. R. Crusen, a driver from Florida, signed on with a Midwest outfit after being told he would get home every two weeks. “When I got to orientation, they told me I would be out four to six weeks,” Crusen says. “I didn’t stay.”

The key to finding the right employer is comparative shopping and an attitude that your skills are in demand. You are interviewing carriers to find the job you want. It is your choice. Understanding your personal needs and preferences and sticking to your guns will pay off with a job that fits you.

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