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TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job?

Well, here we are again. It’s the start of a new year and we are all eager to see the craptastic crappy crapfest that was the year 2020 in our mirrors. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use Tabasco sauce as eye drops than go through another year like that! So since we’re all looking to start fresh, let me make a suggestion to you.

Look for a new trucking job

Hear me out here. I’m not saying you should quit your job just for the sake of starting afresh. What I’m saying is that you should look around to see what options are out there. The problem here is complacency.

We’ve discussed complacency about driving safely on a couple of different blog posts/episodes, but now we’re talking about a different kind of complacency… job complacency.

TD97: A Trucker’s Worst Nemesis – Complacency

TD104: Complacency Strikes

No one likes change

Listen, I get it. No one likes change. If you’re happy where you work, why would you want to look for another job? In true Trucker Dump style, let me tell you a personal story that will hopefully drive my point home.

My job change story

I was comfortable at my previous job. I knew how things worked and I figured out how to get the most out of it. I genuinely liked my dispatcher and I was generally treated with respect. I had a pretty good idea how much money I was going to make each year and I assumed I was at the top of the pay scale for truckers… assumed being the key word here.

Heck, I liked this company so much that I worked for them for 5 years the first time. When The Evil Overlord decided to get back into team trucking, I quit so we could work for a company who had better team operations. But when the Great Recession of 2008 hit, she left the trucking industry for good. What to do?

Well, to emphasize even further how much I liked this company (and my job complacency), I didn’t even bother to shop around again. After being away for 1.5 years, I went straight back to them. I never cracked a trucking magazine, talked to another trucker, or visited a trucking jobs website to see what the options were. And I continued to work there for the next 8 years.

If you do the math, that’s 13 years of my life I gave to this carrier. Was I happy there? You bet! But just because you’re happy where you are doesn’t mean you can’t be happier somewhere else.

At some point around the eleventh or twelfth year with them, I finally started to long for something that would get me home more often than every three weeks. To be fair, their policy was only two weeks out, but I always chose to do three weeks to maximize the money.

Also, for years I had been hearing through conversations and eavesdropping that there were trucking jobs out there where you could make a lot more money than I was making. I had heard this from many different drivers, but I always chalked it up to another trucker lying about how much money they made. I’m assuming we’ve all heard the driver bragging about making $100K working for 40 CPM (Cents Per Mile), right? Whatever, dude.

Well, it turns out that not every trucker is full of bovine dookie. I can tell you from personal experience that the stories are true. But I digress.

The job search

Let me make a suggestion to you. Do what I did and put out some feelers. There’s no obligation here; just humor me.

Sign up with job sites like Indeed.com and Monster.com and set up email alerts for the type(s) of driving jobs you’re interested in. Peruse services like AllTruckJobs.com, CDLjobs.com, or a frequent source of trucking news on the Trucker Dump Podcast, TheTruckersReport.com to see what trucking companies are offering nowadays. You can even take a different approach with an app like TruckDriverPower, where you can set the parameters of pay, home time, trailer type, etc. you’re willing to take and trucking companies then come to you if they meet that criteria. How’s that for an interesting concept?

The idea here is simply to make you aware of what’s going on outside your comfy little workplace. Again, there is no harm in doing this. You aren’t being disloyal to your current employer. You’re just being smart.

Finding the new job

Now I’d like to tell you that as soon as I put the feelers out, I found the perfect job and jumped on it immediately. But that’s not the way it happened. I honestly didn’t keep track, but I’ll bet I had my eyes peeled for at least a year, probably closer to two.

I was admittedly disheartened before I finally saw one of those coveted jobs I’d been waiting a lifetime for to pop up in my Indeed.com email. I applied and got a phone interview.

The job was offered to me, but sadly it wasn’t going to work out. It would’ve been a great job for a younger trucker who had some time to work their way up the ladder, but this 50+ year-old dude didn’t have the patience to take a $20K per year pay cut and unsteady work until a bunch of old-timers retired.

Sure, this discouraged trucker was still driving for a carrier that he liked, but something was missing now. I had been sooooo close to landing that “perfect” job where I would’ve been home every day. With that  door closed, it seemed like it would be a long time before I found another golden egg.

The transition period

Despite my pathetic self-pity, I continued to keep my eyes open. One day I saw the name of an LTL (Less-Than-Load) carrier in my home area. The advertised pay was equal to mine and the home time was far better.

But instead of seizing the day, I started doubting again. Would this new job really pay what they advertised? What if I quit only to find out I’d been lied to? I chose not to even bring it up to The Evil Overlord.

After seeing the ad run again a few months later, I finally brought it to The Evil Overlord’s attention. Now she wanted me to get off the road as badly as I wanted it, but she’s even more risk-averse than I am. And that’s saying something.

While my willingness to take risks had expanded, her’s hadn’t. She knew what to expect with my employer. Like me, she had grown comfortable. She convinced me not to pursue it.

Every 3-6 months from then on, that advertisement peeked it’s little head up out of a hole like that pesky groundhog in Caddyshack. I swear I saw it taunting me with a funky little dance once!

He who does not ask, does not receive

After the third or fourth job taunting, I finally chose to act. Wisely, I chose to call the listed phone number instead of exploding a bunch of dynamite on a golf course. I spoke to the guy who would be my boss. He was really laid back and didn’t appear to be in any hurry to get me off the phone, which is a good thing considering how many questions I ask. Anyone who knows me, who read How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job, or is married to me could tell you that.

Four times I talked to this guy for approximately 30 minutes. After each call, I would inform The Evil Overlord what I learned and I’d give her a little nudge. Anyone who knows her knows she doesn’t bend easily. Heck, my idea got knocked down so many times, I felt like Rocky Balboa.

During this time, I found and questioned every driver from this company that I could find. They all said that the advertised yearly pay would only be that low if I was lazy, which I’m not. They told me the pros and cons and then every one of them said it was the best trucking job they’d ever had. And their many years with the company seemed to back that up.

Just like Rocky in the big match, in the end I wore her down and claimed my victory. She finally said, “Fine. Go ahead and apply.” When I hung up the phone I may have even shouted, “LORINNNNNNDAAAAAAA!!!! Or not. I later found out she only relented to get me to shut up about it. Well, what do you know? Apparently it does pay to be annoying sometimes! Regardless, when you’re married to someone called The Evil Overlord, you take the win however you can get it!

The new job wound up being better…. MUCH better

To make a long story slightly shorter, this is by far the best job I’ve ever had, trucking or not. I get paid a good mileage rate, I don’t have to mess with customers, I have fabulous insurance, I get paid for holidays, I’ve got good vacation time and sick days, and I’m guaranteed to get home every weekend (I deadheaded 607 miles home this week).

But that’s not all; there’s more!  I get paid a good hourly wage for everything from fueling, to layover/detention, to drop/hooks, to loading/unloading freight, to waiting to get a tire fixed, or heck, even when stuck in traffic due to a wreck.

To put it in plain terms, my gross pay is about 25% more than my old job. It will probably be even higher next year since I had 10 weeks of lower pay 2020 thanks to the cursed COVID.

Even crazier is that my bring home pay is almost double my old paycheck amount, largely thanks to the vast difference in insurance premiums. I’m not saying this extreme pay hike will happen for everyone, but it certainly won’t if you are so focused and content with your current job that you don’t look for other opportunities.

Basically, for the first time in my life I feel like I’m getting paid what I deserve.

I realize I’m only slightly less than two years into this job, but I have yet to dread going to work on Monday. Can you say that? Even if you can, how do you know your work life couldn’t be even better?

Now is this job all peaches and cream? Of course not! There are some really weird company rules and the equipment I drive is anything but stellar. But hey, you’ll be surprised how less-stressed you are about breaking down if you’re getting paid for your time!

The worst thing about my current job

The crappiest thing about my current job is knowing I could’ve been doing this for the past 11 years if I hadn’t been so complacent with my old job. If I had taken those “lying” truckers at their word instead of assuming the worst, I would’ve been about $200K richer and I would’ve been home to enjoy it a heck-of-a-lot more!

To sum up…

I’m just going to repeat what I said earlier. Even if you’re totally happy with your current job, put forth some effort to see if you could be happier somewhere else. I’m not just saying that either, I’m still doing it.

I just told you how pleased I am with my current job, but remember, I also thought my previous job was the cat’s meow. If I go back to sticking my head in the sand, then I shouldn’t be surprised when I miss another golden opportunity. Right now, it seems unlikely that I will ever find a better trucking job, but then again, that’s the kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ I had before I found the best job I’ve ever had!

On the other hand, if you’re currently unhappy with your pay, the home time, the respect you’re getting, or anything else, then what the heck are sticking around for? Start looking for that new job today!

Let me reiterate once more in case you didn’t catch it the first 18 times

Job complacency is a mistake! You’ll never know if there is a better trucking job out there if you aren’t actively looking. This is why I still get an email from Indeed.com every few days… because you just never know. I encourage you to do the same.

Yes, I realize I’m harping on this. It just kills me to think of the complacent version of yourself 11 years down the road realizing how much home time and/or pay you missed. But even if you’ve got the best job you’ll ever have, at least you’ll never have to look back and wonder if you reached your full potential.

Because trust me, that can only make you feel like a craptastic crappy crapfest of a loser. 

Podcast Show Notes

In today’s main topic we talk about how you know when you should switch trucking jobs. But first, lots of news involving COVID, new elog information for both the US and Canada, and lots of changes coming in 2021 due to a new presidential administration, including a scary one involving sleep apnea testing.

Also, truckers stick it to California, Walmart and driverless trucks, the big UPS sell-out, new vision and testing standards for CDL holders, and of course, the obligatory truck recalls.

In the listener feedback segment we’ll hear about hatred of elogs, a driving school and training story, COVID vaccinations, and I get called out by a 15-year-old. We’ll also hear about a great BBQ joint in the Trucker Grub segment.

Listen to the podcast version or read the full article and the podcast show notes on AboutTruckDriving.com or search for Trucker Dump in your favorite podcast app.

Be sure to check out the 25% off ebook combo pack for Trucking Life and How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job while you’re there.

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Volvo Trucks – Check out the new D13TC engine in the Volvo VNL series.
  • Pilot Flying J app – Check out all the awesome features of the Pilot Flying J app.

Links mentioned in the news segment:

Stop the presses! It’s a new phase for Overdrive from OverdriveOnline.com

Daimler recalling certain Freightliner Cascadia models from OverdriveOnline.com

Volvo recall for potential brakes issue affects over 6,300 trucks from OverdriveOnline.com

One Quarter Of Inspected Trucks Placed OOS During Roadcheck Inspection Blitz from TheTruckersReport.com

In blockbuster deal, UPS selling off UPS Freight to TFI for $800M from OverdriveOnline.com

2021 Mid-America Trucking Show to be rescheduled due to COVID from OverdriveOnline.com

Truckers now included in third group recommended for COVID vaccine from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA extends CDL, med cert COVID waivers through February from OverdriveOnline.com

Biden announces ‘regulatory freeze’ to review last-minute Trump policies from OverdriveOnline.com

Biden has signed 42 executive actions since taking office. Here’s what each does from CNN.com

No, Biden Didn’t Say ‘You Can’t Legislate by Executive Order Unless You’re a Dictator’ from Snopes.com

How Joe Biden’s executive orders compare with those of other presidents from qz.com

FMCSA proposes new split sleeper pilot program from OverdriveOnline.com

Here Are All The DOT Officials Appointed By President Biden So Far from TheTruckersReport.com

Pete Buttigieg on Wikipedia

Former head of NYC taxi commission named FMCSA deputy administrator from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking trends to watch in 2021: Revival of mandates for speed limiters, new insurance limits; plus freight, rates, highway bill and more from OverdriveOnline.com

New study using ‘STOP-Bang’ protocol finds half of truck drivers could need sleep apnea evaluation from OverdriveOnline.com

Looking forward to a trucking rebound in 2021 leading to ‘very good’ 2022 from FleetOwner.com

Log annotations to avoid hours of service violations — and more from FMCSA Q&A from OverdriveOnline.com

FMCSA eyes update to ‘yard move’ guidance from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking’s exemption from Calif. break laws upheld from OverdriveOnline.com

CDL Mills Rejoice: New Truckers Can Be Tested By The Their Own Trainers from TheTruckersReport.com

FMCSA proposes new vision standard for truck drivers from OverdriveOnline.com

What you should know about the looming Canadian ELD mandate from OverdriveOnline.com

Walmart Removes “Safety Pilot” From Now Fully Driverless Truck from TheTruckersReport.com

Here are the drivers on FMCSA’s new advisory panel from OverdriveOnline.com

Love’s plans to open 50 new travel stops in 2021 from OverdriveOnline.com

TA adds mobile fuel pumping features to app from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucker Grub segment:

Ole Rudy’s BBQ

I-75 Exit 201 in Jackson, GA

Links mentioned in the main topic:

TD149: Job Hopping In Trucking

TD97: A Trucker’s Worst Nemisis – Complacency

TD104: Complacency Strikes

Indeed.com

Monster.com

AllTruckJobs.com

CDLjobs.com

TheTruckersReport.com

Truck Driver Power app

Links mentioned in the listener feedback segment:

TD56: Funkin’ Truckin’

TD58: How Much Is Too Much?

TD59: A Trucker’s Home

TD62: Elogs: A Second Look

TD150: Trucking News Galore!

Review of the Garmin dēzl™ OTR1000 truck GPS

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TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking

When The Evil Overlord (wife/ex co-driver) and I were in truck driving school, we were told that job-hopping in the trucking industry was akin to a mortal sin that could not only ruin your truck driving career, but also send you straight to Hell to burn in an eternal lake of fire. Is this true? Let’s talk about it.

But before we get to that, perhaps we should define “job-hopping” in better terms. From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Job-hopping: the practice of moving from job to job.

“Well duhhhh,” you might say. “But like… how long do I have to stay at a job before I’m considered a job-hopper?”

According to this CNBC.com article, job-hopping is “generally defined as spending less than two years in a position.” Oh boy. Does that ever make truckers job-hoppers! In this industry, you won’t get that dreaded label unless you start job-hopping every 3-4 months!

According to this Monster.com article, the average turnover rate for large trucking companies has been lingering around 127% over the last few years. Smaller carriers don’t fare much better at 102%.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “turnover rate” is the percentage of employees that leave a company over a certain period of time. So for the trucking industry’s average turnover rate of 127%, a trucking company with 100 employees would need to hire 127 employees every year to keep that number at 100! Yeesh.

The turnover rate in trucking is staggeringly high compared to other industries

To give you a comparison to other industries, the healthcare industry is typically regarded as having one of the highest turnover rates; and it’s only 14.2%. Take that, healthcare workers! We truckers scoff at your puny little turnover rate!

Why these turnover rates are so high is a topic in itself, and one we won’t cover today. Suffice it to say that “the grass is always greener” for some drivers and many carriers don’t put enough effort into keeping their current drivers happy. But I digress…

How much job-hopping is too much?

Sadly, there really isn’t a cut-and-dry answer. Some companies are more tolerant than others. But in general, all trucking companies are far more lenient than other industries. The fact is, trucking companies have learned to accept that high turnover rates are a fact of life for the trucking industry.

A recruiter quoted in that Monster.com article, said that the company he works for isn’t interested in a driver who has had three jobs in the last year. He went on to say he had one applicant that had 21 jobs in three years! Wow! Talk about ADHD.

I would agree that switching trucking jobs every 3-4 months is generally too often.

Reasons you shouldn’t job-hop

First of all, recruiters are less interested in fickle drivers. I mean, hiring a new employee is costly so why would they want to take a chance on someone who has a track record of being a total flake?

But perhaps the bigger reason not to job-hop every few months is that you simply can’t give a new carrier a fair shake when you work for them for such a short time.

It takes a while to get situated in a new job. With all the new operational changes and learning how the new carrier operates, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you aren’t very efficient for a while. Don’t blame that on the carrier. That’s just the nature of switching jobs.

In my opinion, I think you should give an employer at least 6 months to make good on everything the recruiter promised. That should be enough time to learn the ropes and work through any slow times of the year. That way you can see the true potential of the job.

Reasons to job-hop

Now I’m not saying this is a hard-and-fast rule carved into stone by the hand of God. If your employer is clearly abusing you in any way, then that’s a good-enough reason to abandon ship, even if you’ve only worked there for one month.

Keep in mind that abuse is subjective. Forcing you to take a crappy run to New Jersey is not abuse. Sure, it may suck harder than a dehydrated mosquito, but it’s not abuse. However, if they are trying to convince you to cheat on your electronic logs, failing to fix major safety issues on their trucks/trailers, or belittling you into driving in a blizzard because “all their other drivers are doing it” (FYI: they aren’t), now that’s abuse that may warrant a job-hop.

What I’m trying to say is that you should try not to job-hop.

But if you do need to leave a company after 3-4 months once in a while, it’s not going to kill your trucking career. Just don’t make it a continuous pattern like Mr. 21-Jobs-In-3-Years did.

Listen, employers know things go wrong and they know there are bad employers out there. Sometimes things just don’t mesh. And of course, it’s an added benefit that many trucking companies will ignore your iffy job history out of desperation to hire more drivers.

Another reason to job-hop

If you’re job-hopping for the right reasons, you should be able to easily explain your actions to any prospective employer.

Let me give you some examples from my own trucking career.

When The Evil Overlord and I got out of truck driving school, we took a team-driving job for 33 CPM (Cents Per Mile). Keep in mind this was 1997. Sadly, over 20 years later, some carriers are still starting new drivers at less CPM than that. Not cool at all.

We knew we could make more money elsewhere, so we started looking for a new trucking company about 10 months into our career. Now keep in mind our driving school instructor had told us that we shouldn’t even consider looking for a new job until we got at least one year’s experience.

Well, we started with our new company at the 11-month mark anyway. Turns out, they would have hired us around the 6-month mark if we had tried. But we didn’t, because, you know, that whole “all job-hoppers go to Hell” thing.

Anyway, we jumped from 33 CPM all the way up to 42 CPM with that job change. Even if it had been at the 6-month mark, no future employer would have blamed us for making that Spiderman-sized leap. Heck, they would’ve understood that even if we had left at the 3-month mark! In other words, we had a darn good reason to jump ship and it was easily explainable. We stayed with this company for four years.

For our next job, we actually took a pay cut back to 38 CPM. But again, we could justify the job change because we were building a house and our mortgage provider wasn’t happy that our previous employer couldn’t “guarantee” our gross wages for the year. Or at least they wouldn’t put it in writing. This new company had no problem with that. We only stayed at this company for 1.5 years, but it was long enough for our purpose.   

The next job change didn’t work out so well, but at least we did have a good reason to have made the switch. With the pay cut from the previous job, we only had to tell future employers we had gone from 38 CPM back up to 50 CPM. Any trucker can tell you that a 12 CPM raise in the trucking industry is phenomenal. To put it in more understandable terms, that was about a $30,000/year raise with the team miles we were driving! We didn’t much like this company though and we bailed out after only 10 months.

Our next job was only a slight bump in pay up to 52 CPM. Still, it was a justifiable job-hop because we explained that we just weren’t a good fit for the prior carrier. Again, no questions asked because good drivers are in high demand. One year later, The Evil Overlord got out of trucking altogether. Well, sort of. Stay tuned.

I’ll not bore you with all the drool-inspiring details of the other trucking jobs I’ve had. Basically, it was a series of job switches caused by The Evil Overlord deciding to make a trucking comeback and it not working out so well (thank you 2008 Great Recession). So I switched carriers a couple more times to jump from team-focused carriers to solo-focused carriers. The point being, I had a justifiable and easily explained reason to switch jobs each time.

Now I realize that working for anywhere from 10 months to 9 years at a job (one of the last ones) isn’t considered job-hopping, at least when it comes to the trucking industry. But that’s not my point.

How to avoid being a job-hopper

I am only one man with an opinion, so take this how you will.

I think the key to not be labeled as a job-hopper is to stay with a company for at least six months, keep your driving safety record clean, and always be able to justify your move.

Having said that, there are simply too many scenarios for this to be a one-size-fits-all solution. For instance, let’s say you just took a new job after being with your previous employer for six months. You’ve been at your current job for only two months when you finally get an interview with that driving job you’ve been chasing for five years.

Are you going to pass on that dream job simply because you’ve only been working at your current job for two months? Heck no! Job-hopper label or not, that’s gonna be my new job!

Again, you’ve got a justifiable reason for the job-hop. You had no clue when you took the previous job that this dream job would be opening up soon.

During your job interview, you simply express concern that you’re having to screw your current employer by leaving after only two months, but you just can’t pass up this opportunity to work for a company you’ve been chasing for five years. They’ll be both flattered that you want their job so much and impressed that you’re showing concern over the hardship you’re causing your current employer. That tells them you’ll give them the same respect if they hire you.

The problem with job-hopping

The easiest way to be labeled as  a job-hopper is to have your work history show a long line of jobs you only held for 3-4 months each. Even worse, you can’t identify a good reason for quitting any of them.

If you’re jumping from one job that averages 2500 miles per week at 50 CPM to another job for equal pay and benefits, then that’s kinda hard to justify. Add a few more of those job-hops in a row and you’ll earn the title of job-hopper. And no one really wants that, do they?

I’ve heard it said that all you need to get hired as a trucker is a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) and a pulse. While that may be true for some carriers, but that’s definitely not the case for the upper echelon of trucking companies who are far more picky.

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin your chances at that future dream job by being a job-hopping flakazoid. And if you have been so far, make a valiant effort to change that pattern by giving any trucking company at least six months before you jump ship again. Because you know what happens when you jump ship? You drown. And that’s just no fun. 

Podcast Show Notes

Today’s main topic is job-hopping. How much is too much? Stay tuned.

But as always, we’ve got some news to cover including voting info, brake recalls, safety blitz stats, nuclear verdicts, trailer technology, broker scams, truck warranties, and think pieces on being an owner/operator and ANTs. Huh?

The FMCSA has also been busy with hairy drug testing, driver advisory panels, under 21 drivers, driver training exemptions, and yet another COVID HOS exemption extension. Wow. Say that three times fast.

And we’ll top it all off with six restaurants for the Trucker Grub segment, and listener feedback on weapons, railroad crossings, man vs. beast, and driving school experiences.

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Links mentioned in the news segment:

Budweiser Wassup commercial

For truckers looking to vote early or absentee, a look at each state’s practices from OverdriveOnline.com

Voter registration deadlines

Volvo recalling 17,545 trucks for possible cracked brake pedal from FreightWaves.com

CVSA Safety Enforcement Operation Catches More Than 66,000 Drivers from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

FMCSA Extends COVID HOS Exemption Until 2021 from TheTruckersReport.com

FMCSA Launches Driver Panel for Advisory Committee from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

UPS Wants FMCSA to Reconsider Exemption Request from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

FMCSA proposes under-21 driver pilot program from FreightWaves.com

Details of the under-21 driver pilot program from FMCSA.dot.com

HHS Issues Proposed Hair Testing Guidelines from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

PrePass adds safety alerts for drivers to app from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucking Targets ‘Nuclear’ Verdicts from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)

Open a can of realism before buying that first truck from OverdriveOnline.com

Informed protection: Know exactly what’s covered before you buy a used truck warranty from OverdriveOnline.com

Growing broker/carrier identity theft schemes reaping millions from OverdriveOnline.com

As with fire ants attacking a DOT officer inspecting logs, beware the ANTs in your own mind from OverdriveOnline.com

Trucker Grub segment:

Tacos El Zarape in Ontario, Oregon

Shari’s restaurant in Troutdale, Oregon

Ranch Hand Trail Stop in Montpelier, Idaho

Lefty’s Bar-B-Q in Crossville, Tennessee

Stockmen’s Truck Stop in St. Paul, Minnesota

Alamo Sinclair in Alamo, Nevada

Links mentioned in the main topic:

Job-hopping is on the rise. Should you consider switching roles to make more money? from nbcnews.com

Job-hopping in trucking from Monster.com

How to calculate employee turnover rate from Workable.com

Links mentioned in the Listener Feedback segment:

Frankie NC heard @goose story in the Listener Feedback segment of TD148: Being A Chemical Oilfield Truck Driver about a truck stalling on a railroad tracks and wrote with some advice that could save your life.

Greg listened to TD146: Personal Safety For Truckers and answered the call by sharing his arsenal to ward off bad guys.

Driver Dave shares another exciting episode of trucker vs. wildlife. Everyone needs to keeps their pets out of the road when Driver Dave is in the area. Just saying.

New listener Stevie is binging the podcast and sending lots of comments for me to share with you. Today we hit three quick ones about TD001: Sometime You Just Need A Machine Gun, TD144: The Split, and agrees with the grossness of women’s restrooms from TD46: The Tale Of Three Trucker Slobs.

New Listener Scott Gunter heard TD100: What Makes The Evil Overlord… Evil? and we decide that all wives must be evil.

Scott Gunter, Todd R, and Zachary Smacherman @smakerman all heard TD147: Be Careful Choosing A Truck Driving School and share stories of their respective truck driving schools. Bonus: Zachary sent an audio comment!

Todd R @RoadToad also mentioned TD148: Being A Chemical Oilfield Truck Driver.

Zachary also mentioned Anthony, who I answered a question from in the Listener Feedback segment of TD131: Review Of The FleetUp Trace ELD.

And a big thanks to wtfGrumpy, Corvette 1977, ShadowDragonYin, TIK TOK CAN GO TO HELL (yes, really), 2014EJ, and douche you are (yes again, really) for rating and reviewing the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

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