Howdy - how important is PDTI certification?

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  1. mustb123

    mustb123 New Member

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    They say "1 year OTR experience".....I will be calling them in the am.....anything you guys can think of that I could say to sway them? I will work for free for a week or whatever it takes.......
     
  2. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't go working for free, it makes you sound desperate and it's not legal.
     
  3. Guardrail

    Guardrail Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Try GFS. Gordon Food Service has several distribution centers in Florida.

    Guardrail
     
  4. mustb123

    mustb123 New Member

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    OK, thanks for the tips...would they let me drive a truck before I am an employee? Of course not. But it may get their attention...kind of like a while back I was being interviewed for a job....a physical fitness test was required - which I aced, even at my age. I watched the 2 younger than me folks fail. I was half way through the test and I heard the guy timing the test turn to someone and ask....how old is that guy? Anyway, during the interview, everything had been covered and the big dog asked me if anything else came to mind. I told him to make the test harder because if an old guy like me can ace it.....it's too easy. They looked at me, then at each other......I got the job by the way. Gotta find a way to stand out from the crowd.
     
  5. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Something about insurance that prevents a company from letting a person work for free.
     
  6. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Great point GT!

    I'd much rather be "yankin' a tank" than draggin' a reefer round with all the nose they make. How do those guys sleep anyway?
     
  7. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    Noise ain't the issue, its the Sysco houses they have to deliver to! LOL!
     
  8. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Yes, I've heard the stories about the places door swingers go to.
     
  9. mustb123

    mustb123 New Member

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    No go on the Indian River....1 year otr required. Nice lady pointed me to another company she thought hired out of school......called the DM "Nope, need 1 year in the last 36 months. Go get the year and call me then. I'll give you the last job you will ever have". Funny guy.
     
  10. WildHeart

    WildHeart Well-Known Member

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    Oilfields aren't all that bad, speaking from experience. You'll make good money but you'll earn it, especially if you go to where it's a hot commodity right now. They don't have patience for screw ups and mistakes when so many with experience are standing in line behind you. However, alot of those companies are willing to give new guys a try, just be ready to work an ungodly amout of hours and brush up on your creative writing skills for the log books.

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    xeastend Active Member

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    I have delivered to many Syscos. They love making a driver take a perfectly stacked new wood skid and make 15 smaller ugly skids out of it.
    Thankfully I do linehaul now. No touch
     
  12. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    We have a great uniformed lumper service, there is really no need to unload the load yourself anymore, they are fast and get the driver going again, thats the way it oughta be, they turn inbound drivers really quick, they are watched, if they don't pack the gear Sysco won't have that employee of the lumper service back, it ain't no joke, I really think that our house doesn't want a driver to dread coming here.

    As for other houses I can't speak, I met the owner of the lumper outfit, he is a nice dude and did alot of work for us at our old yard.
     

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