New CDL Holders

Starting out in a competitive and ever-changing industry like trucking can be daunting. From finding the right job to staying up to date on the newest technology and trends, there are many resources that exist to support new CDL holders every step of the way.  


Keep reading to find out the organizations, communities, and online resources that can provide valuable assistance and guidance to new CDL holders as they navigate their career in the trucking industry.  


Research Online Forums & Industry Websites 

Some of the most trusted resources for drivers across the world are online forums where truckers share their experiences, ask safety questions, and seek job advice from fellow drivers. For new CDL holders, online forums can be a great place to start learning about the ins and outs of the industry from more seasoned drivers.  


Popular forums like Trucking Truth and Truckers Report both offer conversations between real, experienced drivers, as well as access to training opportunities, CDL job listings, and the latest industry updates. Forums provide a space to discuss a wide range of topics, from safety tips for female drivers to the benefits of carrying certain freight.  


Social media platforms like Facebook, Reddit, and LinkedIn also host numerous groups and forums dedicated to trucking. These online communities are the perfect place for drivers to ask questions, share advice, and connect with others in the industry. 


Trucking news-based websites are another great resource for drivers looking to find out more about the industry. CDLLife is a popular site for transportation-related news, entertainment stories, and a truckers-only social media platform offered through the CDLLife mobile app 


Many drivers use the website FreightWaves for information on supply chain logistics and new trends in transportation. FreightWaves also promotes exclusive podcast and video content to entertain drivers and discuss frequently asked questions and trucking subject topics.  


Join Trucking Associations 

Another option for new CDL holders looking to find community and access to resources is to join a trucking association.  


Trucking associations are a great way to connect with other drivers from around the country while learning more about legislation and news affecting the entire industry. Many of these associations actively lobby on behalf of the industry, advocating for favorable legislation and regulations that benefit truck drivers and trucking companies. 


Many trucking associations also offer educational resources and training programs to help new drivers improve their skills, stay updated on industry best practices, and meet regulatory requirements. Additionally, some trucking associations offer members access to exclusive discount programs on products and services such as fuel, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and roadside assistance.  


The American Trucking Associations (ATA), which is the largest and one of the most well-known trade associations in the industry, is actually the national-level affiliate of numerous state organizations. The ATA collaborates with state trucking associations across the nation that work closely with local trucking companies, drivers, and other industry stakeholders.  


The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) is another prominent trucking association that is specifically dedicated to representing the interests of independent owner-operators and small fleet owners. OOIDA fosters a strong sense of community among its members by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and mutual support. 


For underrepresented members of the trucking industry, associations can also offer an opportunity for support, community, and career advancement. Women In Trucking is a fast-growing nonprofit that is committed to promoting gender diversity and equality within the trucking industry. By becoming a member, drivers can gain access to a supportive network of like-minded individuals, mentorship opportunities, and professional development resources tailored to the unique experiences and challenges faced by women in trucking.  



For new CDL holders, it is essential to seek out communities that will support you and provide the resources needed to succeed in the trucking industry. 


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Does Your Truck Driver Resume Stand Out?

Will your truck driver resume land you with your dream company? Does your resume stand out to hiring managers? Whether you have extensive driving experience or are brand new to the industry, having an updated resume will help you control your career. We put together a sample resume and tips below to help you get started.

John Smith

Experienced CDL A Driver with over 16 years of experience and Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. Excellent driving record, time management, and customer service skills. Seeking a local position with a growing company.

Work Experience

Trucking Company

CDL A Local Fuel Truck Driver  |  July 2015-Present

Cleveland, OH

  • Duties completed
  • Achievements

Trucking Company

CDL A Regional Fuel Truck Driver  |  July 2010-June 2015

Akron, OH

  • Duties completed
  • Achievements

Trucking Company

CDL A OTR Dry Van Truck Driver  |  May 2005-June 2010

Erie, PA

  • Duties completed
  • Achievements


  • 333-444-5566
  • Cleveland, OH


Class A CDL License

HAZMAT Endorsement

Tanker Endorsement


High School or University

Erie, PA |  2001-2005


  • Safety
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Accountability
  • Integrity


2019: Driver of the Year

2017: 1,000,000 Safe Miles

Following the truck driver resume format above keeps you organized, helps you highlight the right information, and makes sure you stand out. Let’s talk through each of the sections.


This section is important. Write a brief summary about what makes you unique and why you’re looking for a new opportunity. Do you have extensive experience or endorsements? Or do you have customer service skills from a past position or an excellent driving record? Including these in your summary section will catch a hiring manager’s eyes.

Work Experience

Include your current and past roles that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. Remember, it’s important to not only share your duties and responsibilities in your role, but also your key achievements while in the position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Example bullets describing your duties and responsibilities include:

  • Ensured on-time deliveries from terminal to customers nationwide
  • Maintained log of deliveries, billing statements,
  • Use equipment to lift heavy cargo for transport and delivery
  • Followed DOT and Trucking Company safety and driving protocols

Pro Tip: Include specific duties and responsibilities that are also expected of you in the role you’re applying for.

Key Achievements

In addition, example bullets describing your key achievements include:

  • Worked with manager to develop more efficient delivery routes, saving Trucking Company over $10,000 annually and over 3,000 hours on the road
  • Earned over 200 positive customer scores from developing excellent relationships with customers
  • Worked with safety manager to create a pre and post-trip inspection checklist, implemented across entire fleet of 300 drivers
  • Delivered 1,000 loads annually ahead of the schedule provided

Pro Tip: Include metrics in this section to quantify your achievements.

However, if you are a new truck driver and don’t have much relevant work experience yet, that’s okay. Make sure you highlight past positions that showcase your skills applicable to the driving job you’re applying for. Remember, landing your first trucking job isn’t impossible with a good resume.

Contact Information

Make sure the phone number and email address in this section are your primary ways of communication. You wouldn’t want to miss a call or email about a job opportunity! Another tip is to make sure the email address provided is professional. For example, using an email like might not create the best first impression with the hiring manager.

Licenses & Education

Include your licenses, endorsements, and education in this section. If your endorsements have an expiration, including the valid-through dates is helpful for the hiring manager.

delivery driver


Feature your relevant skills in this section to help you land your next job. Have you developed good time management, problem solving, or teamwork skills throughout your career? Does the job you’re applying for require specific skills such as technology or customer service? Customize this section to make sure you’re including the skills the hiring manager is seeking.


If you earned awards throughout your career, showcase them in this section! Were you nominated by your boss or peers as “Truck Driver of the Month/Quarter/Year”? Have you driven 1,000,000 safe miles? Or have you been selected as a driver lead or trainer? Showcase these achievements in this section to stand out amongst other applicants.

Finally, after you create your resume and are ready to submit it, be sure to review it first. Sharing the document with a trusted friend or peer to have a second set of eyes review it is always helpful. Make sure any misspellings or typos are cleaned up before you submit it to open positions. Overall, applying the tips above will help you take your truck driver resume to the next level. Also, be sure to always keep your resume updated so you can quickly apply to any new opportunities!

truck driver at loading dock

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trucking career

Many people consider trucking as a career, but few actually make the leap. Bret Kubin is someone who did. He left the safety of a comfortable job because he was intrigued by the idea of becoming a trucker. Bret originally worked in the insurance industry and hadn’t considered a trucking career until a friend suggested it. Now, he’s left insurance behind and is a full-time trucker. We had the pleasure of speaking with Bret about his story, and he shared advice for those who are also thinking of pursuing a trucking career.

Bret Kubin

Before his trucking career

Bret was working in the insurance industry on a 1099 job and had about six years of experience under his belt. A friend told him that he should consider a trucking career to earn more money. At first, Bret wasn’t thinking about making a move. However, his friend talked to him about it again, and Bret decided to look into trucking more.

He started by researching the industry before making any decisions. “I went into one of the trucking schools and talked to the instructors. That really changed the way I looked at things, and I became very interested,” Bret recalled.

If you’re considering driving as a career, you may want to consider this method of research before deciding. Bret decided to give it a try and went to a driving school.

“After that, I realized I can really make a living through this. I got my first driving job soon there after and didn’t look back,” shared Bret.

Getting started in the trucking industry

Pursuing any new line of work can’t be easy, but Bret shared that the people in the trucking industry made it easier.

“People are there to help you,” he shared. “They’re not there to test you or fail you. This isn’t like you’re going to Harvard or something. This is something where they want you to know the ins and outs so that when you’re stuck or need help, you can guide yourself to the right place.”

Along with help from others, Bret said that having the right attitude also helped him. Mostly, he emphasized the importance of learning and being humble.

“You have to go with the flow. Keep learning and be open to new ideas. Understand that you’re not going to know everything right up front. The other stuff comes naturally after that,” said Bret.

Bret Kubin

Bret’s advice to truck drivers

Bret was happy to share advice with other truck drivers who are new to the industry or those considering joining the industry. He shared the importance of developing the skills. Even though he hadn’t been a driver before, he knew he had a skill set that could make him valuable.

“I’m 50 years old. I knew that throughout my career I’ve developed skills I could bring to the table. I knew that I had people skills, the ability to learn, and the ability to adapt to new systems,” shared Bret.

Knowing your strengths, while also being humble about what you don’t know is the balance that Bret advises. In addition, Bret emphasized the importance of not going at it alone. While trucking is often thought of as a solo endeavor, it’s important to find friends and a support system. His advice is to help each other out.

Bret shared, “It’s good to have a buddy system. Even if you go into trucking alone, talk with other people. Talk with managers and driving instructors, and that will help.”

Developing and keeping the right attitude

While the first few months of being a truck driver can be stressful, Bret reminded us to stick with it and not let small obstacles get in the way.

“When you have a few bad days, negative thoughts are going to run through your mind, but you have to stop yourself right there. Some people don’t know how to do that. You have to be able to stay with the now,” advised Bret.

It’s important to remember that not everything will go according to plan in the beginning, and that there will be many struggles. Knowing that there will be roadblocks can help you manage them and maintain a positive attitude toward the job and career.

Finding a trucking job

Bret credits Drive My Way with helping him stay on top of his career preferences.

“The good thing about Drive My Way is that it’s always there, even when you aren’t looking for a job. It’s updating and is 24/7. You can apply for one company and then don’t have to worry saving the application or where you put it. Drive My Way keeps it right there to use again. Applying is easy. Going back to look at what you’ve done is easy. It’s always there for you, and it’s easy access,” shared Bret.

Bret’s story from insurance to trucking is inspiring for many people. While many fret over career and job choices, Bret had the courage to take a risk and try something new. It gives inspiration for those who are already truck drivers, those who are hoping to be, and those who have never considered a trucking career before. Bret credits his positive attitude and the help of others in the industry for getting him adjusted and comfortable with his new role as a truck driver.


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behind-the-wheel training

If you think that new truck drivers need more behind-the-wheel training and more hours behind the wheel, you’re not alone.

An Overdrive magazine poll shows that most of the magazine’s readers share that sentiment, believing that entry-level driver training should include a significant number of hours behind the wheel.

Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine wrote about the poll in an opinion piece.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry stakeholders in a negotiated rulemaking committee originally set that at 30. But the agency has since withdrawn that requirement from the final training rule. Instead, trainers are supposed to assess the trainee’s performance to see if it’s adequate.

One of two main objections to the 30-hour minimum is that no data clearly ties accidents to lack of behind-the-wheel training. Studies are under way that might provide that data, but in the meantime, why not opt on the side of caution? If studies later prove there is no correlation, revisit the rule.

Heine compared the disparity to a student who skips many classes, then performs well on tests after cramming for them.

He asserts: But his level of mastery won’t compare to that of the student who’s attended all classes and done all the homework and reading. Mastery of driving a heavy-duty truck, like mastering most things in life, requires baptism by immersion, not sprinkling.

The article cites a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that shows people aged 19 to 24 are more likely than other drivers to text while driving and are less likely to support restrictions on distracted driving.

Heine asserts that more hours behind the wheel could enlighten new drivers on what it takes to drive a truck safely.

What do you think, drivers? Do people new to CDL driver jobs need more hours behind the wheel before their training is through? Join our community here and share your thoughts.


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