Truck Driver Job Search Tips

Truck driver job search doesn’t have to be a long haul. The problem with being any truck driver job search is trying to find good jobs which meet your needs. There are jobs of all shapes and sizes in the trucking industry, and picking your way through the maze can be a test of stamina and patience.

Truck Driver Job Search Online

Any truck driver job search online involves reducing the number of search results to only the useful jobs. That’s a potential problem, because if you use “truck driver” as your search, you’ll get everything with “truck” and everything with “driver”, like courier jobs.

If you’re an experienced truck driver, you’ll have a very good idea of both what you want and what you don’t want. It’s worth your while to think objectively about the type of job you want, and try to define it so that you can find your preferred jobs and exclude the useless results.

(Note: You may be able to exclude some types of job with excluders, like “not courier”, etc. in the search terms, on some job sites.)

OK, now- Define your dream job.

For example:

  • Modern, reliable rigs
  • Rational delivery schedules in areas that suit you
  • Good salary and benefits
  • Reputable employer

You’re looking for an upmarket freight company, probably one of the major leaguers, working with heavy freight like containers or heavy specialist loads. You’ll have seen a few of these guys on the road.

That definition can save you a lot of time and effort in your online search. They’re also much more productive results. These are the jobs you want, so you’re more motivated, and they’re less of a nuisance to follow up than the second rate jobs you have to talk yourself into applying for.

Other Truck Driver Job Search Options

Networking

In the trucking industry, networking is always a good idea. You can check out jobs, employers, and runs, and make sure you know what you’re doing when applying for jobs. This is quality control, and as any truck driver knows, it’s important to know your way around the industry, because these jobs can be high maintenance, and sometimes stressful.

When you’ve got some results from your search, it’s advisable to check out with friends and colleagues what they know about the jobs. You may even be able to get some direct contacts with employers.

Cold Canvassing

Cold canvassing is an old standby in the trucking industry, but it’s advisable to target your employers with care. You’re looking for a job, not a new set of problems like truck safety issues and weird deadlines. You can use your network to edit your choice of employers, too.)

Target the bigger employers. They’re usually much better organized, and easier to check out. You can speak directly to their Human Resources area, and find out about their hiring policies. You may also be able to get some relief work, or fill in jobs, if available. 

Cold canvassing can also help tailor your job hunting. Another useful option is looking at local distribution freight companies, if you don’t want to be on the interstate for days.