Finding the Right Fit – Interviewing Potential Employers

Canada’s trucking industry is growing. That old saying “If you bought it, a truck brought it” is as true as it ever was.

The pool of skilled truck drivers, however, isn’t keeping pace. According to a recent study commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Association Canada could be facing a shortfall of up to 25000 truck drivers by the year 2020. The future prospects for today’s newly licensed drivers looks fantastic. More demand for truckers means that, in motor freight, you will have more choice regarding your employers and the terms of your work than in many other industries.

Many carriers are actively recruiting drivers. Rather than simply taking the first offer that’s put on the table, find out how that company stacks up against others in the industry. Here are some things to find out about:
1) Pay. Does the carrier offer competitive remuneration? If you’re paid by the kilometer, is it calculated based on “shortest kilometers” or “practical kilometers”? Will you be paid for time that you’re working but the truck isn’t moving, like loading/unloading, border waits, etc.? Some companies are fairer than others.
2) Steady work. Does this carrier offer steady work? Your income can be drastically affected by unexpected downtime caused by slowdowns in freight volume.
3) Home time. Is regular home time part of the equation? Despite the fact that you want to make money, is it balanced with the opportunity for a home life?
4) Equipment. Does a potential employer offer new vehicles, modern technology, and a good maintenance schedule? If you’re looking for a long haul job, modern amenities like a refrigerator and an Auxiliary Power Unit that allows you to run heat and air conditioning even in no-idle jurisdictions can go a long way in increasing your comfort.
5) Organization. Will you be efficiently, and more importantly, legally dispatched? Does the company stand behind its drivers, especially when unforeseen circumstances arise on the road? Will there be anyone in the office to answer the phone when you have a problem?
It’s a great time to get into the trucking industry. At First Class Training Centre we’ve got more than half a century of combined experience in the business to draw on. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.