Becoming a Truck Driver: 8 Best Practices for Your Job Application

  • Michael Grant
  • October 5, 2017

As a truck driver, it’s important to choose the right trucking company to work for. There are a few Canadian trucking companies that can certainly meet your needs and your expectations, but no one but you can figure out which one will be the right one.

Here are 8 best practices to help you make sure you are making the right choice:

1. You first need to define your priorities

Whether you are getting started as a truck driver, or you already have a lot of experience with different trucking companies, you need to define your needs and your priorities. Would you like to work for a large trucking company, or a small one? Do you want more vacation days each year? Do you want to drive a different type of truck?

2. There are green trucking companies out there

Did you know there were green trucking companies out there? If you care about protecting the environment, try to look for a trucking company that is committed to reducing their overall carbon footprint and improving their fuel efficiency.

3. You have to learn as much as you can about interesting companies

It would probably be a waste of time to apply for any trucking job you hear of. Before you get in touch with a trucking company, you have to learn as much as you can about them. This will help you decide if it could be the one that will meet your expectations.

4. Prepare a list of questions for your job interview

After you have applied to work for an interesting trucking company, your job interview will be scheduled. Take a moment to make a list of questions you would like to ask to the recruiter you will meet with. Don’t hesitate to write down this list.

5. Get ready for your interview

Now that you have a list of important questions you will ask the recruiter, make sure you are ready for your interview. You should wear clothes that will make you look like a professional truck driver, and you should be confident in your skills and in your experience.

6. Take time to write down the answers to these questions

During your interview, pay attention to everything the recruiter has to say. Ask your questions, listen carefully to the answers, and write them down. You will be able to review this information after your interview, and it will help you make your choice.

7. Compare your different options

If you have applied for more than one trucking job, compare the answers of the different recruiters when your interviews are over. Choose the company that can truly meet your needs and your expectations.

8. Never accept a job that doesn’t meet your needs

If a trucking job doesn’t seem right to you, don’t accept it. Keep in mind that trucking companies are always looking for qualified truck drivers, so don’t rush anything. If you don’t find the right trucking company right away, you will find it eventually.

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Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a cancer survivor. I'm also a home entrepreneur and stay-at-home grandfather. In the past thirty years, I've dabbled in the the financial sector, the technology industry, as well as a little business consulting. I guess you can call me a jack of all trades!