Finding a trucking job is hard, especially when there are so many different ways to go about looking for one. You hear ads on the radio about companies hiring. You can find companies and recruiters at job fairs. But, more often than not, you’re going online to conduct your job search. There are generic job boards out there that trucking companies are posting to. An even better option is to use the many online job boards for truck drivers available to you. AllTruckJobs is just one example of a trucking-specific job board, but there are many other job boards out there focused on the trucking industry. No matter which job board you choose to use, whether it be because they focus on certain driver types or because you find the website easier to use, there are still some basic steps to follow for landing your dream trucking job. That’s why AllTruckJobs’ podcast, Big Rig Banter, recently talked with several job boards for truck drivers. Troy and Lenay, the co-hosts on the show, picked the brains of job board leaders to find out what they think are the best tips for you to follow when searching for a job.
Check out these five tips below for applying to truck driver jobs!
Five Tips for Submitting the Best Application to Job Boards for Truck Drivers
1. Fill out your application.
This one may seem obvious, but make sure your application is completely filled out with all of your information. Something we heard from almost every job board was about drivers submitting incomplete applications. Not having all of your information makes hiring drivers an even more tedious process for trucking companies, so cross your T’s and dot your I’s before you click that apply button.
2. Be accurate.
Not only is it important to fill out your application completely, but accuracy is also key. If you stretch the truth, it could come back to bite you later. Make sure everything that you provide to potential employers is correct and honest. The correct email address and phone number are important too. One typo can make the difference between you getting a callback or not.
3. Use a reliable website.
When you’re filling out your personal info to apply for jobs, you want to make sure you’re doing so on a secure website. To make sure a website is secure, check out the URL at the top of your web browser. You want to see https:// and then the website. If there is no “s” at the end of http://, this means the website might not be secure. Check out the example below:
4. Do your research.
Make sure you know what type of trucking job you are qualified for, and get some background on driver type, freight type, and company specifics before you apply. However, it’s also important to keep an open mind. You may find that by talking to different companies, you discovered something that fits you even better than the job you originally anticipated.
5. Follow up.
Last but just as important as applying to the job – make sure you follow up with companies after you apply. If you check in on your application by calling or emailing the company to which you applied, this keeps you fresh in their mind. What’s that old saying about the squeaky wheel gets the grease? It applies to your job search situation. There are lots of qualified drivers out there competing for jobs, so you want to make sure you stand out above the rest.
Listen to our Big Rig Banter episode where we interview various job boards in the industry and be sure to follow these five steps to make your hunt for a trucking career easier! Good luck!