Many of these smaller or medium sized trucking companies do not advertise their jobs as aggressively as the big boys. They don't have as much turn over so their need is not as great. It's also likely they have people waiting for open positions. Some may not have the budget. They also may be simply at a transition stage where they could use drivers but not bad enough yet to spend the money on advertising but if you contact them, they take the opportunity to hire.
You never know. What all of us drivers do know is that these smaller trucking companies usually provide a much better experience than the huge trucking companies. You are a person and not a number. People in the office tend to care.
Driving for one of these companies local to you usually helps you get home more often. They want you back to pick up another load from shippers that they are contracted with locally, which is usually why they are located there.
Do a search for local trucking company in your town by typing..."your city truck drivers" or "your city trucking jobs. Call some of these trucking companies to see if they are hiring and if they will hire you fresh out of trucking school or whatever your situation may be.
Tip: Think about what you will say to introduce yourself before you call. Once you make a few calls, remember the common questions they will ask you and rehearse how you will respond on future calls. Also rehearse the questions that you will ask. The is useful if you are someone who is nervous when making these types of phone calls. You will sound more confident and sure about yourself and deserving of the position. Do not to make up lies to say, its a waste of time.
Sell yourself. Why should the company hire you?
To the right you will see pages built for your state where you may find local, small, or medium trucking companies listed who are hiring now. This is another option to doing a search.
Other Local Trucking Company Resources
Here you will also see local trucking companies hiring in your area. This will probably include trucking companies that does not show in the Google search.
Ask every you know if they know an owner operator.
Also simply pay attention while you are out and about. Distribution centers or large manufacturers in your area may have their own trucks.
Go to these places and inquire within. Ask your friends if they know anyone who works at these places. These personal contacts often will have better results. You never know who or what the people you know might know if you don't talk have a conversation about it.
Out of The Box Approach
Have cards printed up with you contact info and your best simple short sales pitch why it would benefit someone to hire you as a driver. Carry these with you while out hunting so that you can leave everyone with contact info. Of course some will throw it away immediately. The level of effectiveness will depend on many factors but one will be your attitude, so remember that when you are out.
Is it possible to make someone WANT to help you? The answer is yes.
Take notice of the local truck stops. Especially the small stations that allow truck parking. See if you can posts a flyer (you can also attach a resume) with your qualifications and desire. Owner operators in your area probably frequent such businesses. Also ask the people working there if they know someone who needs a driver.
Post your desire to be hired at other places that owner operators might show up like your local Diesel Mechanic. Ask him/her if they know any owner operators that need drivers and if it will be OK to leave your flyers in the waiting area or driver's lounge.
Post them at places where HR, drivers or warehouse managers might stop during lunch. For instance, service stations with a deli next to distribution centers or manufacturing plants.