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Some information they might not be able to share for privacy reasons or for liability reasons. But that doesn’t stop them from acknowledging credentials or other facts. Always ask if they would use them again in the future to assist with their hiring needs. Ask about their overall impression of the quality of potential candidates.
Check the actual website as well! There might be some previous reviews and comments from customers that used their services or might still use them!
As you can see this is all, just like when you hiring a driver. You want to know their salary requirements. A truck driver recruiting agency doesn’t find you potential candidates out of the goodness of their heart. Just like you, they are in business to get paid and turn a profit. There is nothing wrong with that. But make sure you know what the costs are up front.
A truck driver recruiting agency might have one of several means to get paid. Or they might use a combination of ways. Some of these might include commission, finder’s fees, contractual, base rates, pyramid rates, and many more. Determining what is best for you is the hard part. If you will constantly need drivers perhaps setting up a contract is the way to go. But if you only need one or two truck drivers than perhaps a finder’s fee would be much more appropriate and convenient.
Of all the ways to pay for the truck driver recruiting agency services, this is by far the worst option. This option is very common with many of the temp agencies. They find a candidate, and then they get a percentage of the candidate’s salary. The actual amount varies but can get pretty high. So you end up paying more than what you bargained for.
If you are planning to pay $15.00 an hour for each new driver and the agency takes 25% ($3.75), the driver only gets $11.25. Now either you up your pay to $20.00 (agencies gets 25% or $5 and the driver gets $15) or you are forced to pay the drivers less. What quality of driver can you get for $11.25 an hour? So don’t pay a commission based on the driver’s salary. It will cost you in the long run, either money or quality (and both can add up rather quickly).
This is a tricky one, especially if you operate in a right to work state. People have the right to work wherever they wish and to move to other opportunities as they arise. However, there can be some repercussions for quitting a job too soon.
Some might say it isn’t fair, but most agree it is. If a trucking company puts time, energy, and money to properly train a driver and he/she ups a quits right away that causes some real issues for the employer. It will cost him/ her time, effort and money that after a while will have negative impact on the overall business.
One of the ways you can protect yourself against this is to ensure the truck driver recruiting agency has some guarantee in place. This might be a 100% money back; it might be a percentage, or even a prorated amount. Either way it ensures the agency is only recruiting serious candidates and helps you recoup at least part of your loss. After all you’ll need to start over with a new candidate!
Here we go with experience. This is a topic that annoys modern job seekers more than anything. How can you get experience if no one will hire you? Well unfortunately the trucking world is very expensive. The equipment is expensive and so is the cargo. So you really need drivers who know what they are doing when it comes to driving and getting the freight to where it needs to go. Safety rating is a important thing here as well. Check the safety rating they’ve got on their candidates!
At the same time keep your expectations realistic. Speak with the truck driver recruiting agency and make sure they are clear on what you need, and why you need it!
The Ice Truckers in Canada definitely need experience for that environment, but so does a driver hauling oil or tanker truck across Texas. You want someone who can properly handle the truck and trailer; in most kinds of environments (if you operate in multiple states or one where the weather changes constantly and have dangerous roads) you will also need a driver with the right endorsements for that job. So make sure your agency understands this and recruits the proper drivers.
This is a telltale sign of the type of agency and the type of drivers the truck driver recruiting agency handles. Just because a person switches jobs doesn’t mean they are a bad candidate. But if they are constantly switching from one company to another you might want to not hire them. Chances are they will drop you as quickly as the 20 other companies before you.
But as I said, that should exclude a candidate either. Perhaps the bad economy and recession hurt them. Maybe they just completely changed their career field, or maybe their previous employers went out of business. So if you like a potential candidate, try to learn all the facts before you pass judgment. At the same time, make sure the truck driver recruiting agency knows you’re seeking drivers with a stable work history.
But, you know the saying; “Beggars can’t be choosers” and now with the shortage for drivers that we have in US we can’t be as picky as we would like to be, but we can’t and just hire somebody for the sake of hiring.
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