CDL Class B trouble
(Miami , FL)
Hello my name is John and I'm 21 years old . I recently graduated from the CDL School inc. which is based in Miami , Fl . I got my CDL class B license 3 days ago and I'm really happy about it .
When I first got there , I was originaly working on obtaining a Class A licence , but to my surprise my instructors tell me after my first week of training that in order for big companies like : Covenant , Werner , J.B Hunt , USXpress etc . to hire me , I had to have at least 160 hours of training before anyone of them would even be interested in hiring me . I got really angry at first because they didn't tell me this at the beggining . Their 160 hour course costs $6,000 and I had payed for only 40 hours of training which only cost me about $1,500 . I couldn't afford to pay for a 160 hour course so I told the student services rep. to change me to a Class B truck instead .
After 2 weeks of grueling training - of sweating my butt out on the truck range ( its hot here in Florida ) , I passed every exam with flying colors . I came out of there brimming with enthusiasm and confidence thinking that getting a job would be a piece of cake with a CDL class B in hand , but it appears that I was wrong . When I graduated , I asked the chief instructor if getting a job with a CDL B would be difficult ? , he told me that it shouldn't be a problem . I then asked him if any company would hire me witout experience - he again told me not to worry about it .
Now that I have my CDL , I find that getting a job is extremely difficult . I see straight trucks everyday in the streetand in the highway , but I have absolutely no idea what to do to get hired . The majority of these companies need at least 1 year of experience .... So what do I do ? . Did I just waste my time and money ? or is there still hope ? .
Please I really need some help