Professional truck drivers are in demand. While the American Trucking Association reports there are more than 3 million truck drivers operating commercial vehicles in the United States (“ATA Industry Data, 2017), the number of job postings that appear after a simple online search suggest more drivers are needed. Meanwhile, professional truck driving schools spend millions of dollars on advertisements that solicit future students, yet graduates of such programs walk away with certificates of completion after ten weeks only to be told they are unhireable when applying for work. This article will assess what newly minted Class A drivers can do to better access jobs and how the decision-makers that hire such drivers work with the rules of the powers that be.
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