Archive for July, 2011

Truck driver jobs face shortage

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

There is a critical need for drivers to fill truck driver jobs, and not enough of them are available to go around.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the current shortage will to grow to 200,000 drivers by next year.

In addition, two million truck driving positions will need to be filled by 2018.

Nearly 3.5 million truck drivers are on the job on an annual basis. (more…)

Virtual job fairs go full-throttle

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Working leaner and greener is top of mind for many companies right now. One way employers are curbing costs is through virtual job fairs, a professional meet-and-greet that occurs online, in real time, with only your laptop needed.

Virtual job fairs are not only convenient for employers – they’re also an excellent resource for truck drivers who seldom have time to scour the web for jobs or attend in-person networking events.

Truck drivers are in high demand, and employers are leveraging the power of the Internet to get them to apply for truck driving jobs. In fact, the very first virtual job fair for the trucking industry was just launched, with hundreds of truck drivers in attendance.

The event, sponsored by CareersInGear.com and DriverJobs.com, facilitated connections between employers and both experienced and entry-level truck drivers.

For those that don’t have their CDL license, CareersinGear.com provides a search engine that lists accredited truck driving schools.

If you’ve already received your CDL and want to attend a virtual career fair, it is important you prepare as though you would be attending an onsite interview. Here are a few things to remember:

1.  Have your resume polished, updated, and ready to submit.

    2.  If possible, prepare in advance for the event by researching the employers attending.

    3.  Be prepared to submit three references that can attest to your work ethic.

    4.  Use professional language when conversing online with employers.

    5.  Give at least two phone numbers and an email address to ensure the interested employer can get ahold of you in case you   will be on the road.

    The next trucking virtual career fair sponsored by DriverJobs.com and CareersinGear.com will be held September 28 from 11AM to 5PM CT. Click here to register now.

    Thousands of truck driver jobs added in June

    Sunday, July 10th, 2011

    About 4,400 truck driver jobs were added to the job market in June, according to recent stats from the Department of Labor.

    Revised figures for May were in more optimistic, showing that while initially the BLS reported only 100 jobs were added in May, that figure increased to 3,000.

    While truck driver jobs are plentiful, truck drivers are actually quite scarce.

    Hiring in June jumped even more to 4,400, bolstered by more product demand and increased pickups. (more…)