Driver Team Solo Positions: The Nitty Gritty On Truck Driving Jobs

Written by Anna Henningsgaard

Trucks and truck drivers are a constant presence on US highways and interstates. A person on evenrepparttar shortest drive is likely to pass by a truck or two transporting goods, and even merchandise that travels by ship, train, or airplane travels on a truck for some phase ofrepparttar 149508 journey torepparttar 149509 customer. Because trucks are such a major part of industry, truck driving jobs are important positions and good paying jobs.

Truck drivers have many responsibilities. Before leavingrepparttar 149510 terminal or warehouse, truck drivers make routine checks of their vehicles, checking fuel and oil levels. They inspectrepparttar 149511 tires, brakes, and windshield wipers, and make sure that all safety equipment is loaded and functional. They report any problems torepparttar 149512 dispatcher, who keeps track of all of these small details. Once they start driving, truck drivers must be constantly alert. They can see quite a long distance alongrepparttar 149513 highway because they sit higher than most other vehicles. This puts them in a position of power onrepparttar 149514 road, as well as heightened responsibility.

Delivery requirements vary according torepparttar 149515 type of merchandise,repparttar 149516 driving assignment, andrepparttar 149517 final destination. Local drivers provide daily service along a specific route, while other drivers must make intercity and interstate deliveries based on specific orders. The driver’s responsibilities and salary change based onrepparttar 149518 time spent onrepparttar 149519 road,repparttar 149520 type of product transported, and vehicle size.

New technologies are revolutionizingrepparttar 149521 way that truck drivers work. Long distance truck drivers now have satellites and global positioning systems (GPS) to link them with company headquarters. Information, directions, and weather reports can be delivered torepparttar 149522 truck instantly no matter where it is. Company headquarters can trackrepparttar 149523 truck’s location, fuel consumption, and engine performance. Inventory tracking equipment is now computerized, allowingrepparttar 149524 producer, warehouse, and customer to all check in onrepparttar 149525 products onrepparttar 149526 road. New technology is making truck driving an easier job, as seats become more comfortable, trucks have better ventilation, and cabs are better designed.

Some routes are very, very long, and these usually employ heavy truck or tractor-trailer drivers. Onrepparttar 149527 longest routes, companies will hire two drivers for sleeper runs. Sleeper runs can last from days to weeks andrepparttar 149528 truck only stops for fuel, food, loading and unloading. The drivers switch off driving and sleeping inrepparttar 149529 truck.

Truck driving can be a demanding job. Some self-employed long-distance truck drivers who own and operate their own trucks spend most ofrepparttar 149530 year away from home. The government restricts long distance drivers to no more than 60 hours a week as well as requiring 10 hours rest for every 11 hours driving. Many drivers work very close to this max time permitted because they are compensated according torepparttar 149531 number of miles or hours they’ve put in. The difficulty of truck driving is well compensated, which makes it a popular job. In 2002, there were 3.2 million truck drivers.

'The Secrets of interview Success'

Written by Gerard McLoughlin

Many well qualified and extremely able candidates fail at job interviews simply because they are unaware ofrepparttar conventions ofrepparttar 149483 job interview andrepparttar 149484 expectations ofrepparttar 149485 interviewer.

Successful candidates, onrepparttar 149486 other hand, manage to impress prospective employers precisely because they know how to present themselves.

Thus, they studyrepparttar 149487 job advertisement; they analyse what is required inrepparttar 149488 way of skills qualifications and experience; they assess their own suitability forrepparttar 149489 job; and finally, they present themselves in a thoughtful and carefully prepared manner.

Their written applications are comprehensive and business like, containing allrepparttar 149490 relevant information presented neatly and concisely.They prepare themselves carefully for interview anticipating likely questions and rehearsing their responses. They studyrepparttar 149491 structure ofrepparttar 149492 interview and devise a strategy to satisfyrepparttar 149493 interviewer's requirements. In short, they prepare themselves to succeed.

Let us begin by giving some general advice to candidates who are consideringrepparttar 149494 daunting prospect of an interview. As a candidate you should be able to express yourself with clarity and precision. To do this, you must make adequate preparation, anticipating likely questions and rehearsing your responses. However, this does not mean that you should learn your responses by heart.

To do so would make you sound unnatural. Your answers should appear spontaneous. Atrepparttar 149495 same time, you should come across as thoughtful, articulate and coherent. So preparation is essential.

Duringrepparttar 149496 interview you should speak confidently, making sure to support your answers with relevant examples from your work experience. Sometimesrepparttar 149497 questions might not be wide-ranging enough to enable you to present your case as fully and convincingly as you would wish. In such circumstances, it is up to you to takerepparttar 149498 initiative and acquaintrepparttar 149499 interviewer with whatever information you consider to be important in advancing your claims torepparttar 149500 job on offer. Remember, it is up to you to sell yourself.

Always relate your answers torepparttar 149501 job for which you are applying. This is particularly important inrepparttar 149502 case of candidates who are faced withrepparttar 149503 sort of indirect questions favoured by many interviewers. For example,repparttar 149504 interviewer may ask you to describe your current job. This is an indirect way of asking you to what extent your present skills and experience relate torepparttar 149505 job for which you are applying.

Always present a positive face. Having studied your application form, interviewers will have identifiedrepparttar 149506 weaker aspects of your case. They will often use such material to build up a negative impression of you. So it is in your own best interests to examine your application critically with a view to identifying any weaknesses or negative aspects, whichrepparttar 149507 interviewer might spot. Having identified such negative aspects, you should be ready to answer tricky questions by preparing positive answers.

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