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i passed my (CDL class A) road test today. so happy :D. watched so many youtube videos about trucking that i actually learned how to pass driving big rigs and getting my license (plus playing euro truck simulator video game helped lol). instructors from trucking school that i went to had little to no help because of limited time and being busy/stressed out etc (they had only two working trucks, only an hour a day training/practiced for 2 weeks..8 to 12 hours total..not enough time imo), although i can't blame them since DPS is two months behind their regular road tests as there are so many people applying for their CDL. economy man, still sucks for lot of ppl.

just couple examples what it's like to expect during road test:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqK8jKSDCGs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvWgTJve6-s

 

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thanks! when i applied, i told them i wanted to do interstate (to have better chance of getting hired). but it'd be awesome if i could do local/state. but right now, i got this as a back up. i needed some kind of skill, just incase something happens at my current job, get laid off or whatever. i'm thinking about getting a part time job maybe as a class B driver, or get a bus endorsement (which requires another road test). one of my coworkers has a sidejob as a plumber helper and he said he made $150 just changing waterheater working only 3 hours. that motivated me to get my CDL in the first place because i'm not that young anymore lol, hopefully i can learn other trade too.

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Thats some good planning. ^_^ I worked at a local distribution warehouse for a chain of grocery stores one summer. I know the truck drivers there seemed to enjoy their jobs. They'd come in the morning, pick up their trailer and then drive to the stores for early morning restocking. I don't think those drivers actually loaded or unloaded anything either. Pretty nice job considering they'd be at their own homes every night. 


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cool. what did you do there? did you drive forklift and stuff? I spoke to someone who worked at a warehouse before and he told me they only gave him two days of work. and every week, his schedule was different like one day he can work monday and wednesday, next week, he can work tuesday and friday etc., giving him no room to get a 2nd job and he didn't know when his paycheck gonna come each week. ouch.

they built a new warehouse a couple miles from my home not too long ago. but i didn't give a good look but i think they are for distributing mechanical parts. no sign of hiring. their alleys(?) are open but it's always empty though. but yeah driving forklift sounds fun. :P


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Well that sounds like a horrible job part time job for that guy. lol. It was a completely different experience for me. When I worked at a big box warehouse it was a 40 hour week job with mandatory overtime if needed. 10 hour shifts monday - thursday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm. And we wouldn't know if we needed to work on friday and saturday until that thursday. too much work for the amount of money it actually paid. I did package sorting off the truck deliveries with a group of other ppl. All these packages would come off these trucks onto conveyor belts, and we'd have to throw the stuff into giant bins based on what they were, then forklift the full bins away to some other section and keep going. It was literally a sweat shop. The place stunk of BO and by the time I was done at the end of the day I sweated at least a pound of my own body weight off. I only lasted there a month and a half before I had to quit since they didn't offer any part time work and my school classes were starting back up. I actually quit about 1 week before I was supposed to get my fork lift training. :P

I forgot I actually worked at 2 warehouses in the past. For the grocery store one I was a temp working in customer service. That company was dumb as hell. I thought I'd just answer customer complaints but I was actually in a position that I was answering the complaints of customers and store managers throughout the region. wtf. They hire a temp off the street and they had me answering emails to managers that were worried about lawsuits because one had a customer crack their head open in a bathroom and they think they were getting scammed and another store had a person complaining that their kid chipped their tooth on buckshot from a turkey they bought at the store. Another guy needed a quick answer about a legal issue because some customer was going to sue the manager himself for some horrendous reason I can't remember.

I asked my boss.. "umm.. I don't know what to tell these people about these serious issues. Are you sure a temp is right for this job?"

Boss: "I'm sure everything will be fine. How difficult can 'Bob's' job be? I swear he just sits on his ass all day browsing the internet. Ask Jolene if you need any help."

Me: "Hey Jolene, what in the hell should I be telling these people?"

Jolene: "Well I would tell this person.. blah blah and this person.. and this.. (actual decent advice)"

Me: "Ok, thanks, I'll see what they say. btw, how long have you been working here?"

Jolene: "1 week. I'm a temp too."

Me: "Wow. Don't you think this is the worst position to fill with temps?"

Jolene: "Absolutely. This place is a disaster."

I worked at that place for 1 1/2 weeks. XD That company filed for bankruptcy within 5 years. When I heard about it, I wasn't surprised in the slightest. XD

 

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yikes that's brutal. O_O i would have at least stayed one more week to get a free forklift training though. who knows it might come in handy one day :P I remember seeing this episode of Undercover Boss where warehouse workers simply collapse from heat exhaustion because they have no running a/c and they have to pay for a bottle of water. scary part was despite camera was rolling, managers there didn't give a crap. lol.

<<<I asked my boss.. "umm.. I don't know what to tell these people about these serious issues. Are you sure a temp is right for this job?"

Boss: "I'm sure everything will be fine. How difficult can 'Bob's' job be? I swear he just sits on his ass all day browsing the internet. Ask Jolene if you need any help."

Me: "Hey Jolene, what in the hell should I be telling these people?"

Jolene: "Well I would tell this person.. blah blah and this person.. and this.. (actual decent advice)"

Me: "Ok, thanks, I'll see what they say. btw, how long have you been working here?"

Jolene: "1 week. I'm a temp too."

Me: "Wow. Don't you think this is the worst position to fill with temps?"

Jolene: "Absolutely. This place is a disaster."

I worked at that place for 1 1/2 weeks. XD That company filed for bankruptcy within 5 years. When I heard about it, I wasn't surprised in the slightest. XD>>>

HAHAHA X'D
Me: "Hey boss, how long have you been working here?"
Boss: "1 week. just got promoted from package sorting"

 


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9 hours ago, slippers said:

Me: "Hey boss, how long have you been working here?"
Boss: "1 week. just got promoted from package sorting"

lmao. XD

Thats reminds me of another job interview I had back in highschool. I already had a job but I went to this movie theater for a job interview so I could see if it was feasible to work a second job there part time to get to watch free movies. lol. Heres how part of that interview went:

Me: "So how much does this job pay and are there any good benefits?"

Manager: "It starts at minimum wage and you get no benefits for part time, mandatory weekends for the first 6 months and you can't take any time off for the first year."

Me: "Wow. You really know how to sell a job." *about to get up and leave* (I didn't need this job anyway. lol)

Manager: "But you have a good chance to increase your pay through promotion. Our company loves to promote from within. You could be a manager in a year and easily triple your pay."

Me: "Thats good but in the mean time my pay would horrible. What about free movies or any other perks?"

Manager: "You get to see parts of the movies when you walk in every 30 minutes to make sure people aren't making a disturbance."

Me: "So no free movies?"

Manager: "No."

Me: "Tell me more about the promotions, how many people have been promoted internally in the past 6 months?"

Manager: "hmmmm. Nobody I can think of."

Me: "Well when did you get promoted to manager? You must have been working here for a few years now?"

Manager: "I've only been working here for 1 month. I used to work at Sam's Club."

Me: "So you weren't 'promoted from within the company' at all.."

Manager: "No."

Me: "And who would be my superior if I take this job?"

Manager: "That would be me."

Me: "And that means the only promotion I could get would be to your job right? But when they replaced your position they hired someone from outside the company."

Me: "Which means theres no way I'll ever get a promotion even if you quit or got promoted yourself."

Manager: "Well when you put it that way..."

Me: "Its been fun. Good luck filling this position."

 

I bet that guy was told the same bs about promoting from within the company when he was hired because even as a manager his pay was probably insultingly low. XD

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