Convicted felons have major problems of regaining their personal reputation and being accepted back in to the society because people will find it hard of taking the fact that they are changed people. Chances of finding a well paying job might be hard and therefore felons end up making so many job applications and yet employers have less trust in them.
Fortunately, there are trucking companies that hire ex-felons and give them a second chance without discrimination and work comfortably while being able to earn just like any other employee. These companies offer truck driving jobs but always do more research and follow-ups on the hired felon’s cases and their behavior change and always offer appropriate tracking during a probational working period.
These companies also offer semi-trucks jobs that require felons who prove to be changed by their character and also by the push of their determination to work back into society. They determine the reasons for conviction and also the period so as to know the type of people these felons are. With this, felons get a chance of getting a good job that will improve their lives and as well keep them away from discrimination or old behaviours.
The number one rule is:
- Do Your Homework Before Going Through CDL Training With Any Company
And here are some valid suggestions:
Before you even begin your job search make sure that you have a valid driver’s license and place of residence. If you lost it or it expired while you were incarcerated, get a new one. Trucking companies require that you have a valid driver’s license and many require that you have it for at least one year. Some require three years or more, but don’t get discouraged.
Don’t bother applying directly to the major trucking companies until you’ve spoken with a recruiter because you probably won’t pass their underwriting guidelines. Depending on the nature of the felony and how long ago it occurred, the likelihood is that you won’t be eligible for hire. If you are still on parole, you are going to be ineligible for hire by just about every trucking company out there.
Don’t spend money for CDL training until you have found a company that will hire you and make an investment in bringing you into their team. In turn, of course, you will need to prove yourself as dedicated, on-time, and always eager to become a valued employee. It may be a Mom and Pop outfit, or a small local company, or even a larger regional trucking company. There are also some mid-size to larger trucking companies that advertise that they will hire convicted felons…there are not many and they are probably not the companies you’d like to work for, but it’s a start.
Approach companies first, ask them for their recommendation for a training program, and try to get a pre-hire letter from a future employer. A small company may even agree to pay for your CDL training; it’s unlikely but it’s possible. You may even be able to work out a reimbursement program to repay your employer. Once you start, don’t get down if small mistakes occur, just keep communications honest and open at all times with your new employer.
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