Blog Monthly Archive: 06/2014
At Smith & Solomon we stay on top of all trucking-industry related news and updates. We also like to keep all of our students, as well as potential students who are considering a career in truck driving in the loop. So when we see articles pertaining to the need for CDL holders and the amount of opportunity there is in the industry, we are determined to share this information with everyone. It's undertandable for people to be hesitant about their careers and finances with the constant talk of the economy, however, a career in trucking is one of the very few careers that only continue
Before you can drive commercial trucks for a living, you will need some truck driver training. After receiving this training, you can take a test to get your commercial driver's license, or CDL, which will allow you to begin applying for jobs. There are many private driving schools located all over the country, so you will have a number of choices when seeking this education.
Once you finish up at your CDL training school, you will have to begin the job search process. This is often more difficult than attending classes and learning how to drive a truck, as this is a very competitive industry. You will want to carefully research the locations at which you will apply to ensure that you are getting on with a reputable organization that will treat you well. At the same time, you will have to prepare yourself for the interview process and hope that you are chosen for a profitable position.
As we are still a couple of days away from the "official" 1st day of summer, temperatures have already begun to rise....and so does the amount of traffic on the roads. While it's exciting to think of the beach and future vacation plans, so should you think about practicing additional safety while traveling this season.
Truck drivers are in high demand in nearly every economy, since they are responsible for transporting goods around the country. As a result, those who take the plunge and enroll in a truck driving school can expect to find work quite quickly after graduation. At the same time, however, driving a truck leads to a much different lifestyle than working at a warehouse in town, so make sure that you are prepared for these differences before choosing this as a career.
Get the Training
When you make the decision to become a truck driver, the next step is to get some commercial drivers license training. This training will prepare you for everything that is on the test that you must pass to get your license, while also providing you with access to experienced trainers who can answer your questions on the industry. Completing this training is important for your career, as it gives you a better chance of passing the test, which will put you on track for a job in the trucking industry.
Driving a commercial truck is not an easy job, as you have a large vehicle and a heavy load to account for every time you head out on the road. Because of this level of difficulty, getting the proper CDL training before you apply for your license is a good idea. While you can learn on the road, as long as someone with a license accompanies you, taking a training course ensures that you have all of the necessary knowledge and gives you the best chance of passing the tests.
Before you can legally drive a forklift in the United States, you are required to undergo some forklift operator training. This training is monitored by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration to ensure that the workplace stays as safe as possible and that people who do not know how to safely operate a forklift do not drive them. It is the employer's responsibility to make sure that every employee who is required to drive a forklift has this training. You, therefore, can make yourself more employable by getting this certification before applying for a job.
In the United States, a CDL license is a certificate that permits you to drive a vehicle with a gross weight of 26,000 or more pounds. Generally, this weight limit is reserved for tractor-trailers and buses, although you might find a few other vehicles that exceed this limit under certain circumstances. Driving a vehicle that is above this limit without the license is illegal, so you will need to get your permit if you plan to work in the trucking industry.
Find a Job
Linden, New Jersey, May 14, 2014: After months of preparation and much anticipation, it was with great satisfaction that Smith & Solomon’s Annual Job Fair exceeded their own expectations, as well as those of the companies that were in attendance. The turnout of attendance between companies and the public was a success. In comparison to last year’s event, the attendance of vendors had almost doubled, as the need for drivers also continues to increase at a staggering rate.