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Old 03-29-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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I don't know if this has been mentioned but if you really want to come here and have not found a job why not get a commercial drivers license and deliver stuff? I see tons of jobs for cdl drivers and I read somewhere that it's so easy to get this license. I don't know about cost of commerical license but it looks like a fast way to get a job and non-poverty pay while you look for a "real" job. What other job is easier then this?? hehe
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Cost is usually 2-3K for the license 8 week course, with some offering a job after it.
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Indian Land
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Driving a truck is a real tough job. Most of the established companies want several years experience. If you go to a company that offers training (ie Schneider) be prepared to drive all over the country, all hours and be home every other weekend if your lucky. To make a decent amount of money; you need to drive at least 400 miles a day. If your lucky you might make40 for your first year). Also, bennies stink because driver are in notoriusly bad physical shape and the rates are ridiculous! It's not a job for a family guy and as I stated the local jobs will want experience. I worked as a driver manager for an LTL company so I know a bit about the industry.
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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Oh I see, I had no idead it cost 2-3k. I was actually talking to the guy who delivers to me and he told me he and his wife came a year ago without jobs and they are doing well. He drives a straight truck (not big rig) with a motor back gate so maybe it will be easier for this kind of license but I don't know. He never looks tired and always is smiling. Just throwing out suggestions to the hopefuls and dreamers.
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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Be very careful about moving there without a job. I did it back in the mid 90's and made out well because the city was just starting to get noticed and had not yet grown to what it is today. We absolutely loved the city and would not have moved if I had not received a fantastic job opportunity in Phoenix. Charlotte has always been a city of opportunity for those ready to work hard and take advantage of them. You may also want to register with some of the local temp agencies until you find a job you like. I wish you well.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: WI
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not sure on rules in NC for straight truck, but up here you can drive one ( based on size/load ) with no cdl. So with some training/experience one could run say a 24' truck for a delivery or courier service ( or even some local/regional carriers may use them for local stops ) and get a decent entry job if that's what you are looking for to get going.
Again, I can't speak for down there, but I do know up here anyone with any truck experience has at minimum a foot in the door. Then they may help move you thru the cdl needs.
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