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Driver retention begins with the hiring process: Panel

May 24, 2019 by John Smith

GUELPH, Ont. – Ensuring prospective hires are a good fit for your company before hiring them is key to reducing costly driver turnover. That’s especially true of entry-level drivers, who may not fully grasp the realities of life on the road, a panel reports.

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Nearly 100 employers sign up recruits during Jobs Expo

April 8, 2019 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Drivers and other job seekers in Canada’s trucking and logistics industries turned out in droves for a Jobs Expo hosted by Truck News and Road Today magazines.

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Jobs Expo set for this Saturday

April 4, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Nearly 100 exhibitors have signed up to participate in Newcom South Asian Media Company’s spring Jobs Expo – the second event of its kind. The trucking-focused event will bring job seekers, recruiters, and service providers under one […]

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Think twice before you write a reference letter

April 1, 2019 by John Smith

A positive reference letter can seem like a welcome favor for a long-term employee, but a recent court case illustrates why fleet managers may want to think twice before writing such a document. It all began with a blocked route.

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4 ways to attract more women to trucking jobs

April 1, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Women are largely underrepresented in the ranks of Canada’s trucking industry, and account for just 3% of truck drivers overall. But Rona Ambrose believes that solutions to the issue could be more straightforward than some people think.

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Alex Kis embraces rare role as a female truck technician

February 22, 2019 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Like many technicians, Alex Kis was influenced by her father – a police officer by day who doubled as a carpenter, engineer, and automotive mechanic. A true jack of all trades. But while Kis shares this part […]

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Pulse Survey: Let trucks entertain you

December 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – About 72% of surveyed Today’s Trucking readers believe a truck’s entertainment options can be a valuable recruiting or retention tool – but they’re still looking for better options in the cab. Forty-four percent of the sample group […]

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5 tips to amp up your truck driver recruiting ads

December 6, 2018 by John Smith

An intensifying shortage of truck drivers continues to top the list of challenges cited by carriers. But with so many people chasing many of the same drivers, how can carriers stand apart from the competition? Here are a few tips that will help enhance your recruiting ads.

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Millennial Machines: Could telematics help to attract young drivers?

November 21, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The trucking industry has clearly struggled to attract a younger generation of truck drivers. Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 account for 37% of the national workforce but represented just 14% of drivers in 2011 […]

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Trucking continues to face a gender divide

October 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Shelley Uvanile-Hesch is a rarity. Of the 181,330 tractor-trailer drivers working in Canada’s trucking industry in 2016, barely 3% were women, according to Newcom Media’s Changing Face of Trucking research. In contrast, women made up about half (47%) the entire workforce overall.

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Human rights to be considered before hiring

October 2, 2018 by John Smith

Terminated employees have been known to raise human rights complaints, claiming that a termination should have been prohibited under applicable human rights legislation, or that an employer failed to accommodate a disability to the point of undue hardship. A recent […]

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Can you measure a good attitude?

May 30, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Fleet managers are always on the lookout for employees who demonstrate a good attitude — the intangible qualities that play a big role in safe practices and workplace relationships alike. But such things are often judged on gut instinct alone.

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Military Might: Highway Star sees the promise in second careers

May 15, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Doug McGowan submitted no fewer than 101 resumes, but not one fleet had called him back. It just didn’t make any sense. During his time in the military he drove everything from armored vehicles to military pattern trucks, and learned how to work tire chains in punishing environments north of the Arctic Circle. Shouldn’t that count for something?

The sign promising jobs for “propane seasonal drivers, Class 5 with air” screamed out like an insult. He submitted his resume and clean abstract to that very business two weeks earlier, and hadn’t heard a thing.  But McGowan went back again. And again. And again. Four times in all.

The job that emerged became his first stop in a second career.

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‘The working conditions … are not desirable’

March 28, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When it comes to labor, trucking has a marketing problem, but it may be more than that.

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Get real — and retain your drivers

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Basic marketing sense says you should sell your positives, but when it comes to selling your fleet to potential drivers, overselling may be causing higher turnover.

Industry experts talking driver retention and feedback at the 2018 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) convention say broken promises lead to higher driver turnover, with a large number of drivers walking out the door before they’ve been employed a full six months.