Our most recent LIVE Facebook chat took place on December 9th, 2014 and we were pleased to welcome Josh Landers, Military Advocate & Recruiter as our guest for the chat. Josh came to the transportation industry in 2012 after serving in the U.S. Army.
Check out the transcript below for some of Josh’s insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!
Con-way Truckload: Josh has been part of the recruiting team for two years and specifically attends our military recruiting events to spread the word about our military programs.
Josh Landers: I did eight years in the Army as a Scout with multiple deployments. My highest award received is a purple heart.
Q. Do you have a program for Veterans?
Con-way Truckload: Absolutely. You can learn more here or give us a call at 866-265-2617.
Josh Landers: Josh here! If you would like another resource for transitioning veterans into the trucking industry, click here.
Q. I drove in the military, would I receive credit for that experience?
Con-way Truckload: Yes, please call for details concerning your MOS
Fastport Trucking Track: If you drove in the past 12 months you may qualify to get your military skills waiver and get the credit you deserve.
Q. What are the miles for solo drivers and what benefits do you offer?
Con-way Truckload: Solo OTR average miles are 2,500 a week. Group medical, 401k, regional and dedicated runs available and much more. Please call 866-265-2617
Q. Why should I pick Con-way over all the other companies?
Con-way Truckload: Great home time, great benefits, open access to executive management and a driver advocate. Plus, everyone looks good in blue!
Q. How do those drive cams work, and can they disengage it?
Con-way Truckload: The DriveCam in upgraded student trucks is not directly integrated with the truck system. It is triggered by moving events or manually if the driver choses to click and initiate the single event recording. However, only 12 seconds of video are captured at any one time. After 90 days in upgrade we work to route the student back for DriveCam removal. Of course, if any driver requests adding a DriveCam to their truck we are happy to oblige.
Q. Josh, is this a good time for drivers to be looking for work, with the holidays fast approaching?
Con-way Truckload: Absolutely! There is more freight in the system at this time of year and we guarantee our drivers get home on Christmas day.
Q. True2Blue is one of the very best for vets that want to get into the industry. Can you tell us about how the training program for an NCO with no military driving experience works?
Con-way Truckload: Thanks for the question! We will offer paid training towards a CDL program with a guaranteed placement upon completion. Anyone interested can call us at 866-265-2617 to learn more!
Q. That is awesome! Are there certain states this is available in?
Con-way Truckload: Yes, our training partner for this program is at Crowder College here in Joplin, MO. We can also partner with Central Tech in OK.
Q. Josh, my husband is an Army vet. His MOS Is 88M. Transportation. With only applying and adding his experience will he most likely be recruited?
Con-way Truckload: Yes absolutely, and he would actually come over at the top of our beginner pay scale with that experience.
Q. What is the pay for solo drivers?
Con-way Truckload: Here is a graphic showing our current pay structure. Military drivers also come in at the top of our pay scale and we offer an additional $1035 per month for GI bill benefits.
Q. What area do solo drivers cover? What, if any, monthly bonuses do you offer?
Con-way Truckload: We run all 48, Canada optional. We have a variety of bonuses including a quarterly safety bonus, annual productivity bonus and referral bonus with additional cash contest (taxes paid–our favorite!).
Josh Landers: Through the military I traveled to 17 different countries. I liked the food in Germany the best!
Con-way Truckload: Thanks to everyone who joined us today! Call us anytime with more questions at 866-265-2617 or tweet your questions using hashtag #ConwayTL
Mark your calendars for our next live chat on February 10th, 2015. RSVP here.