Changing Trucking Jobs
There are many articles on How to Get Started in Trucking. Very few of them, however, offer you advice on how to quit one trucking job to get into a better one. Here are some tips going from one trucking company to another, without hurting yourself in the process.
Everyone knows the trucking industry is a little different than other industries (complete with its own lingo). Resigning from a trucking company should be no different than any other American company.
First, if you have just completed trucking school, and this is your first job, you really need to think about sticking it out for at least one year, and if the company has an “open door” policy and they say it is OK to quit at any time, you should re-think leaving your rig on the side of the road.
The thing to remember is that even though a company (any company) is treating someone unfairly, there is still a right way and a wrong way to go about anything. If the company is going about something wrong, it shouldn’t give justification for the employee to do something wrong as well.
Never leave a company truck on the side of the road under dispatch. If you do, you are guaranteed not get a job with another reputable company again.
Also, make sure you know how much notice (to quit) you are supposed to give. The usual is two weeks notice, but your company may request only one week’s notice. This part is a little tricky, but it all really depends on how things are going with your employer. If you and your employer don’t have any on-going disputes, then you may want to think about giving a little extra notice.
However, if the waters are a little hostile, the absolute minimum amount of time may be in order. Again, this really is all up to how you and your employer are getting along. If you already have a trucking job lined up with another trucking company, make sure you accept the new job, and all paper work is filled out before quitting your old job.
In addition, one thing many company truck drivers forget about is the condition of the truck upon leaving. Make sure you take pictures of your truck when they assign it to you. Go over it with an authorized member of the staff, pointing out items you find wrong with it – from body damage to scratches and cigarette burns. Make sure any damage gets written down on the inspection sheet, and ask that a copy be made for you. Keep that copy in your home with your other important papers.
Also, make sure to keep a copy of the truck pictures as well. Then, do the same thing when you turn the truck back in to them. If there is any difference of opinion (fair wear & tear or actual damage), get it cleared up in writing BEFORE you leave their yard. This way, you should get your last paycheck.