The trucking industry is a fairly close one. In fact, some people could accuse it of being an almost closed industry. By closed, I am referring to the fact that many truck driving jobs are not advertised externally. They are advertised only within the industry and through industry-related organizations. New truck drivers can often find it frustrating to find that first job, and jobs further down the track. The answer is to learn how to network within the industry, and it’s not as hard as it sounds.
New truck drivers can gain an advantage by being trained through truck driver training schools that have already developed a network within the industry. This will at least open doors that will give new drivers the chance to be interviewed for vacancies. Once these drivers have their first job, it then becomes important to build a reputation for reliability and safety. At the same, new truck drivers need to build friendships with other drivers – that’s the start of your network.
At Diesel Truck Driver Training School, we know how important that first job is. We have a dedicated career services section that works with students to prepare them for the workplace. We don’t just teach our students how to drive; we also teach them how to how to fill out applications, how to handle job interviews, and how to network with others in the industry. We will also work with our students to identify suitable employers from our network, employers that will at least look at their applications and perhaps give them an interview.
Like most industries, sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and that’s what networking is all about. If you intend on becoming a truck driver, then undertake your training through a school that has already developed a strong network within the industry.