by Michael Shaddinger
1 at best. I jumped through all their hoops. Did the online e-gears training, kept all my appointments for telephone interviews and was completely honest about my felony (credit card fraud - 12 years old). They told me that I would have the job, and that my training would start in early February. I put in my notice to my job where I've worked for 9 years (I had no problem with this job, I just wanted more money then they could provide me with.) I quit a week early to spend time with my family before I left for the three week training course.
Three days before I was to leave I get a call from my recruiter telling me that my criminal record did not satisfy the company. They sent me an email to write a statement about my crime, which I did. I asked the recruiter for USA Truck about ten times if felonies are an issue, she said "no, as long as they are five years old for non-violent crimes and ten years old for violent crimes."
I was in a time crunch, this all happened on Friday and my classes which were over 600 miles away were to start on Monday at 10 AM. On Sunday, knowing that my felony was 12 years old and that it was non-violent I was fine and I drove the 600 miles from home and stayed in a hotel. The classes were to start at 10AM, I started calling the company at 7AM to get more information. At 2PM they finally called me back and told me that my application was terminated and that they could not offer me a job at this time.
I was devastated. I quit my job, spent over $400 to travel for nothing. I'm currently trying to find steady work now since I trained my replacement at my old job, they have no openings. I'm working two minimum wage jobs just to pay the bills and mostly living off credit.
Don't trust anyone until you get into some type of contract. I worked with USA Truck's recruiter for 3 months before I actually scheduled my training and I still got screwed.