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The mes­sage was loud and clear, be pre­pared! Can­di­dates that just plan on show­ing up and go­ing through the mo­tions have lit­tle chance of suc­cess in the com­pet­i­tive world of find­ing a job with the car­ri­ers of to­day. Be pre­pared, have your own equip­ment, and present your­self in a pro­fes­sional man­ner were the cri­te­ria out­lined at a re­cent sem­i­nar for the truck­ing in­dus­try called Smart Trucker.

The guest speaker Guy Brod­er­ick who is the re­cruiter and lead trainer for Apps Trans­porta­tion in Mis­sis­sauga out­lined what he sees as big prob­lems when ap­pli­cants show up at his door. In his pre­sen­ta­tion he re­viewed where many drivers go wrong when show­ing up for road tests with car­ri­ers. Guy who is a for­mer On­tario Road Knight with an im­pec­ca­ble record and very well re­spected in the in­dus­try says he is look­ing for a cer­tain knowl­edge level, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and ded­i­ca­tion to the job that many new drivers lack when ar­riv­ing for a po­si­tion with the com­pany.

“Peo­ple just aren’t pre­pared! I get drivers who show up and think we will give them a safety vest, ham­mer, gloves, and other equip­ment which they should have with them. New can­di­dates seem to think that we will sup­ply that for them, but those are the ba­sics of be­ing pre­pared for a road test. You are ex­pected to bring that with you on a road test with our com­pany” said Guy.

What was also clear was that safety pro­fes­sion­als with the com­pany have the right to ter­mi­nate a road test at any time if they feel safety is com­pro­mised on the road. Guy tells the story of a driver that was con­duct­ing a road test and be­gan to get road rage while per­form­ing the test. He had been fine on the high­way, but when driv­ing in a city en­vi­ron­ment his at­ti­tude changed. The test was ter­mi­nated part way through with the trainer driv­ing the truck back to the yard.

A road test is more than just test­ing driv­ing skills with many car­ri­ers look­ing for ap­pli­cants to­day. They are test­ing your knowl­edge when con­duct­ing an in­spec­tion. They are look­ing at how you in­ter­act with cus­tomers on the job. They are test­ing your pro­fes­sion­al­ism and dress when show­ing up for work, and of course they are test­ing your driv­ing skills. The most im­por­tant test which may not be on pa­per but is part of your test is your AT­TI­TUDE! Your at­ti­tude is the most im­por­tant piece of the puzzle and suc­cess when try­ing to get hired on with car­ri­ers. Are you will­ing to learn, lis­ten, and im­prove over time.

An­other mes­sage that came through dur­ing the re­cent sem­i­nar was the fact that peo­ple show up at the com­pany not re­al­iz­ing that they will see a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive while fill­ing out an ap­pli­ca­tion. “We have a process that a team mem­ber is called when an ap­pli­cant ar­rives at our lo­ca­tion. If avail­able we try to meet the per­son right away to get a feel for them be­fore sched­ul­ing an in­ter­view. I am al­ways amazed how many drivers weren’t ex­pect­ing to see any­one when ap­ply­ing,” said Guy.

If you are look­ing for a po­si­tion as a driver in trans­porta­tion to­day re­al­ize you are ex­pected to be able to do cer­tain things and first im­pres­sions count. Give your­self a pro­fes­sional makeover be­fore head­ing out into the land­scape of trans­porta­tion. Here are some points to go over be­fore head­ing out to your next in­ter­view.

• Is your re­sume in good or­der, neat

and clean? • Do you have your own safety

equip­ment? • Do you look pro­fes­sional? • Are you pre­pared to con­duct a

proper pre- trip in­spec­tion? • Have you re­searched the com­pany and know the type of op­er­a­tion they have? • Do you have the proper doc­u­ments the re­cruiter re­quires? Go through this check­list be­fore each in­ter­view or road test and you will be well on your way to be­ing suc­cess­ful when ap­ply­ing on the job front. Thanks to Guy Brod­er­ick for be­ing our guest speaker at the re­cent Smart Trucker Sem­i­nar. To learn about fu­ture sem­i­nars, visit road­to­day. com/ smart­trucker

Bruce Outridge is trans­porta­tion con­sul­tant with over 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. He is the host of The Lead Pedal Pod­cast for drivers ( www.the­leadpedalpod­, au­thor of the books Run­ning By The Mile, and Driven to Drive, and is a...

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