If you are interested in a job driving a truck on a local route or across the country there are certain to be many opportunities available but the benefits and compensation packages are going to be as varied as the salaries and duties.
Today the trucking world is welcoming more new drivers than they did in the past, and this is due to the burgeoning population and demand for goods. The industry has expanded to such a degree that even many trucker applicants find it useful to submit resumes in order to have a better shot, at the top positions available in the market.
This may not be necessary in all instances but it will certainly make your application stand out among all of those being submitted. For most truck driving positions, a resume that lists your personal information, qualifications, certifications, and the jobs you have held beginning with the most recent will be sufficient. Always be sure that your prospective employer knows that you have your CDL license along with any endorsements such as HAZMAT or tanker.
Top earning drivers who hold some of the regional trucking jobs are earning between .36 and .48 cents per mile driven. These rates are determined by the company for which they drive and by the area of the country in which they live. Today long haul truckers state that many of their usual trips are 700-800 miles in length with a large number of assignments being over 1000 miles. Local drivers may work for salaries and have more routine schedules, and for some truckers this type of work is what they prefer.
Transportation has been undergoing a number of changes, as companies try to address some concerns of the drivers that constitute the bulk of trucking company employee rosters. There are some forward thinking trucking companies that shoulder some of the cost for health care insurance and this allows the remaining cost to be more easily absorbed by the employed truck drivers.
Health insurance benefits at some of the large trucking concerns are as little as $88-100 a month for the drivers and additional premiums for wives and children will cost about the same amount, with some discounts available for families with several children. It should be remembered that these premiums are only being offered by larger companies that can afford to assist with part of the health care cost for their employees.
Many smaller trucking companies cannot offer the discounts and assistance on health insurance premiums that the larger ones can. This is because they do not have enough employees to qualify for cheaper premiums. Companies hiring drivers will tell them that they are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance policies on the open market.
Off road, driving time is very important to all road truckers and this is something that will depend upon the trucking company that employs. Some of the larger trucking companies will allow you 1 or 2 days off each week, while others will let you earn extra time off depending on how long you spend on the road at any given time. Long distance truck drivers who may only spend 2-3 days at home every 2 weeks, but some companies are trying to offer routes where you can work and have designated time off on a more regular basis.
Having good equipment to drive is also of concern to many drivers and some of the companies today have included such extras as premium stereo systems, and satellite radio. While some of the smaller companies will have to operate with old tractor models, many of the larger groups are investing in new models on a routine basis. This makes it possible to award top drivers with the best equipment and these new equipment purchases can act as a draw to recruit more truckers to work for the company.
The choice of truck driving jobs is up to the individual and there are local truck driver jobs available for those job seekers who prefer to remain close at home. Husbands and wives who are both CDL certified will, frequently sign up with trucking companies who are looking for qualified driving teams. Most of the larger trucking outfits are offering regional trucking jobs and are looking for truckers who will tackle cross-country hauls.
Owner operator trucking jobs, are another high demand job and these opportunities can be found on Trucking Crossing. This is an online job board, listing all the truck-driving positions presently available. Job hunters who have over the road experience and a valid CDL license can browse listings to find the opportunities that fit their needs and skills and apply online.