Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What You Should Know

A job in the transportation industry requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Especially if you have one of the approx 4 million driving jobs in the United States. But for those that choose to drive it provides a lot of advantages that no other career can match. Freedom from the office, working without a boss hovering over your shoulder, meeting new people, and the chance to see the country as you make a great living are just a few of the reasons that Swift trucking jobs are so appealing.

Once you’ve decided to become a truck driver you then need to choose which company to work for which brings us to the next point.

Swift Transportation is the nations leading truckload carrier. This is a big deal for drivers because it means greater opportunities, better pay, excellent benefits, and more miles. It also means that you’ll be working for a company that has the size and strength to provide you with the resources and CDL training necessary to become a successful driver. There has never been a better time to get a Swift trucking job and start a new career.

Once you’ve got the job you need to make sure you are a safe driver. Swift rewards their drivers based on driver safety so it’s important that you maintain a clean driving record. As you log miles and gain experience you’ll have the option to advance into a regional or dedicated run. Or you can choose to become a driver mentor and teach other truckers how to be safe on the road. With Swift your career choices are endless.

If you are interested in applying for Swift trucking jobs, Drivers Central provides an online application located at http://swift.drivers-central.com/. Once you have applied they will work with you on completing the Swift Transportation hiring process.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Right Choice

Deciding which trucking company to work for can sometimes be a tough decision. But it doesn't have to be if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

1. Is job security important to you?
2. Are job benefits, such as health insurance and retirement options, important to you?
3. Are you tired of working in a dead-end job?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should seriously consider driving for Swift Transportation. Here's why:

Job Security - As the nations largest trucking company, Swift offers job security and career opportunities that are unmatched within the industry.

Benefits - Swift offers a benefits package that is unmatched within the trucking industry. More information can be found here.

Career Paths - Truckers working for Swift have room for plenty of advancement as they progress throughout their careers. Starting out in an OTR position, most drivers will have the opportunity to move into regional, dedicated, or even local driving runs.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Swift Trucking

Most Americans are unaware that, with relatively few exceptions, all merchandise has at one time or another been transported by truck. Swift Transportation's expansive operations give it one of the country’s largest truckload fleets. You can find a Swift trucking job online at Drivers Central. Given the national shortage of drivers over the next few years, now is the perfect time to get a Swift trucking job and start a new career.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Get Into Trucking

Are you ready for a job change? Do you want a career that offers freedom and stability? A job that is satisfying and rewarding? Then you need to consider a job as a truck driver.

There's no better place to start your trucking career than at a Swift Driving Academy where you'll receive first class training and receive your class A commercial drivers license in approximately three weeks. Once you've graduated, you'll be able to enjoy the advantages and benefits of being a trucker while working for the nation's truckload leader.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Drivers Find "Swift" Success

Drivers Central is helping many find success with the nation's largest trucking company, Swift Transportation. Applicants with no driving experience at all can find themselves driving to a new career by enrolling in a Class A driving course with Swift. This paid training will allow OTR driver hopefuls to receive their Class A CDL, complete a four to six week mentorship program, and then continue on to become a solo driver themselves.

Drivers with Swift Transportation are eligible to drive within "Comfort Zones" which allow drivers to stay within a regional area closer to home. These comfort zones range in size, averaging about 7-10 states. By keeping drivers closer to home, they have more opportunity to receive more frequent home time making OTR driving even more enjoyable.

Other benefits for Swift trucking jobs include great starting pay and health benefits including: medical, dental, vision, 401k, etc.. Of course all of these benefits are also for truck drivers who already have their Class A license and are desirous to make a change to Swift Transportation.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Swift Trucking Jobs

Drive your career into high gear with a Swift trucking job. Swift Transportation successfully operates the Nation’s largest truckload fleet by incorporating the strongest core values with the most comprehensive terminal network in the industry.

Swift travels more than 6 million miles every day. Whether it’s short-haul, regional, long-haul, or expedited team service, our fleet is showcased in every market in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Swift's commitment to safety, service, and damage-free delivery is paramount within our walls and on the road. Swift operates 38 terminals in 24 states which facilitates the strongest local market presence in the truckload world. This dominant market density affords us the opportunity to be here when you need us the most, around the clock.

There is a great variety of trucking jobs that are available at a company as large and diverse as Swift. Dry van, reefers and heavy haul are among the options for company drivers. In addition to what you drive, there are choices as to how you drive. You can drive solo or as part of a team. In fact, Swift currently has over 750 driving teams on the road. Some of Swift’s most successful teams are husbands and wives who enjoy both companionship on the road and tremendous financial rewards.

A career in trucking offers tremendous opportunities for financial rewards and professional growth. Whether you’re just out of school or you’re in a dead-end job, whether you’re retired or even if you’re looking for a job you can do with your spouse, this could be the ideal career for you. The best part is that even if you don’t have previous experience, Swift can help jump start your career as a truck driver.

You can apply for Swift Trucking Jobs by clicking on the link in the top right corner of this page.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dry Van Services

Swift operates over 16,000 trucks, the majority of which haul one of our 48,000 53-foot dry vans. Our Dry Van division operates in all 48 states and Canada. We haul freight to the borders of Mexico and Canada and from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. You will see our white trucks and Swift trailers on every major highway and interstate.

Swift hauls everything you can see or buy in any store such as Target, Wal-Mart, JC Penney's, Sears etc. About 2% of the freight is considered Hazardous Materials which require those drivers to obtain the Haz-Mat endorsement. We also have nearly 200 sets of 27 foot pups which are connected together to form doubles that are hauled mostly in the Western United States on dedicated fleets.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Driving Opportunities

Swift has Over-the-Road or Regional positions waiting for you after you finish training in one of our Driving Academies, or upon hire as an experienced or inexperienced driver. If you have a Class A drivers license, but need on the job training, Swift can hire you! And an excellent benefits package after 60 days of employment also awaits you.

With 7 driving schools and over 30 full service terminals that span the continent, you'll be on your way to driving throughout the nation in no time.

Male and female drivers must be 21 years or older and have a valid U.S. driver's license for at least 12 months to qualify for entry into our program. Swift hires drivers from every state in the U.S., and is able to accommodate almost every applicant. When driving for Swift, you will be placed in a position for career advancement and higher pay as you complete assignments with safety and on-time deliveries.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Swift Terminal Map

Swift Transportation maintains a network of 31 full-service terminals. That means that when you’re driving for Swift Transportation, you’re never far from a hot shower, a good meal and a friendly face.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Why Choose Swift?

Job Security: Our phenomenal growth and financial strength mean your truck driving job will always be there for you.

Best Trucking Equipment: You will always have a late-model truck to drive to do your job. 90% of our fleet is less than 3 years old.

Generous Retirement: We want you to stay with us for the long haul and we'll make it worth your while with 401(K), stock programs, driver benefits, and more.

Top Pay: We recently introduced a brand new pay scale that gives drivers 5 pay raises in their first year of driving.

Company Sponsored CDL Training: Take advantage of our company paid CDL training to obtain your Class A license.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Driver Orientation

Orientation is generally located at the closest terminal to where the driver lives and lasts 3 days. During this time truck drivers are familiarized with Swift's process, equipment, regulations, and polices. To get to orientation Swift provides transportation (Greyhound Bus ticket) to the terminal if needed.

Upon completion of your orientation, new drivers will go out with a mentor for a 4-6 week paid mentorship program in which drivers will receive on the job training. Experienced drivers, depending on their road test, will either become solo drivers directly following the orientation or be asked to go out with a mentor for a couple of weeks to refresh their driving skills.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Driver Benefits

Swift Transportation provides for the needs of drivers and their families in a number of ways:

Swift offers a PPO plan that permits you to obtain care and service from any provider you choose. However, if you elect providers from the Humana ChoiceCare Network (“in-network” providers), your out-of-pocket expenses will be greatly reduced. Our medical plan also includes some vision coverage.

Prescription Drug Coverage
Swift has enhanced its Benefit Program with a new “no deductible” Prescription Drug (Rx) Plan, provided by Aetna. You may elect either the Basic or the Buy-Up level of coverage for the Prescription Drug Plan regardless of which level of coverage (Basic or Buy-Up) you have on the medical plan. For generic drugs, the co-pay is only $10. For brand name drugs, the co-pay is 35% of the cost of the drug (Basic) or 20% of the cost of the drug (Buy-Up). Minimum and maximum charges may apply.

Taking good care of your health includes taking good care of your teeth and gums. Swift offers you the opportunity to purchase a voluntary Dental Plan, administered by MetLife that provides coverage for dental office visits and procedures, including orthodontia for children age 19 and under.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Swift employees also have the opportunity to purchase shares of common stock of Swift Transportation at discounted prices through payroll deductions. The Swift Stock Purchase plan is an after-tax deduction. You may elect to deduct up to 15% of your pay to purchase Swift stock.

Swift continues to recognize the efforts you have made to its success and is proud to offer eligible employees a 401(k) plan. The purpose of this plan is to facilitate and assist you in planning for your retirement. Swift will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to 3% of your pay.

Employee Assistance Program
Swift has contracted with ComPsych to provide employees and their families with confidential, compassionate and responsive counseling and referral services (at no cost to you) to offer immediate help in resolving issues, such as marital and family conflict, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and physical abuse.

Swift Truck Driver Requirements

  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid CDL Class A License
  • Pass a Swift written test and a Swift road test
  • No DWI, DUI convictions within the last 5 years
  • No reckless driving convictions within the last 3 years
  • No more than one moving violation within the last year and no more than three within the last three years
  • No major preventable accident within the past twelve months or more than two in the past five years
  • No more than one driver's license suspension in the past three years
  • Applicant must provide a current 5 year DMV printout
  • Applicant must pass the Workwell Physical Assessment, a DOT physical and DOT
    controlled substance and alcohol testing
  • A conviction form must be filled out for all misdemeanor or felony convictions (a conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from employment)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

New to Trucking

A career as a truck driver with Swift offers advantages that simply can’t be found in any other line of work. Trucking is unlike any other profession... Everything changes - there are few, if any, constants. This makes trucking a job that doesn't easily become boring. If you're stuck in a job that bores you to death, that makes you feel tied down, that you dread going to every single day, trucking could be a very liberating and exciting choice for you

Nothing compares to life out on the open road. There’s unmatched freedom when you get out from behind a desk or outside of a factory and get your career in gear. Your job is constantly in motion, opening up new vistas, taking you to new places and introducing you to new people every day.

Even more than the interesting things you’ll see on the road are what you won’t see—someone looking over your shoulder. Rather than a hovering boss, you’ll have a Driver Manager who is committed to giving you all of the support you need to make the most of your time on the road.

As varied and rewarding as life on the road may be, Swift understands that the real reasons you drive are all waiting for you back home. Our excellent compensation and benefits package afford you the opportunity to take great care of your family. More than that, we want you to be able to spend quality and quantity time with your family. That’s why we’re committed to having you home at least one day for every six on the road.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Swift Comfort Zones

The following regions, known as comfort zones, are designed to keep drivers closer to home allowing them to get home more frequently. Truck drivers have the option of utilizing the comfort zones if they choose or they can decide not to stay within the comfort zone and travel the country.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Swift Difference

Swift is committed to providing more rewarding career opportunities for our drivers. This is the Swift Difference and it includes:

Our Customers
Swift is proud to be able to haul freight for some of the most respected companies in the world. They enable us to provide the freight and the miles for our drivers to become financially successful. In turn, our exceptional drivers have allowed us to win many “Carrier of the Year” awards from such companies as: Wal-Mart, Quaker Oats, Ryder Logistics, FedEx, Target, Dollar Tree, Lowe's , and Rite Aid.

As North America’s leading truckload carrier, Swift has the freight and the miles to enable our truckers to reach their financial goals.

Swift transports a variety of freight from retail to industrial materials—the majority of which is no touch and drop & hook. Our divisions include Convention Services, Container, Dedicated, Flatbed, Heavy Haul, Intermodal, Refrigerated and Dry Van.

Swift company drivers can earn extra pay for any of the following: detention; extra pick-up and drop-off; layovers; breakdown; loading; unloading; local work; tarp pay; wallboard; shrink wrap; hand pallet jack; driver assist load/unload; cleating, choking, bracing; rolls/cans/roll off; throwing pallets. Line haul drivers can also earn a bonus every month they drive 9,500 miles or more.

Each Swift truck features Qualcomm on-board computers. They provide wireless communications that help improve driver and dispatcher productivity, reduce fuel consumption and improve customer service. We also employ TrailerTRACS to help locate trailers and improve utilization of trailer assets. In addition to our Micro Mapping application, our planners are able to optimally assign truckloads to drivers.

Swift uses late model Freightliner and Volvo tractors—92% of which are less than five years old.

Mentor Programs
After you've been a Swift driver for at least a year, you’ll have the opportunity to teach other drivers the ins and outs of professional driving. When you do, you’ll be able to earn extra income for taking on this important role.

Comfort Zones
Swift features seven comfort zones across the country. Swift drivers can choose the region they wish to drive to suit their lifestyles.

Home Time
Swift over-the-road drivers can choose how often they want to be at home. Regional drivers are home every week. The average is one day off for every six days of driving.

Swift dispatchers go through "Driver Management 101" to learn how to work one-on-one with drivers. Our ratio of dispatchers to drivers is generally 1:40.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Swift Transportation

Swift Transportation is the Nations largest truckload carrier with over 17,000 tractors, 48,000 trailers and 33 full service terminals.

Swift operates the largest truckload fleet in the United States combining strong regional operations, an expedited transcontinental operation, various specialty and dedicated offerings and a comprehensive intermodal package. The principal commodities that we transport include retail and discount department store merchandise, manufactured goods, paper products, non-perishable and perishable food products, beverages and beverage containers and building materials. We have a growing cross-border operation into Mexico that ships through every commercial border crossing from Laredo, TX to Otay Mesa, CA. In 2004, Swift Transportation enhanced our cross-border operation by becoming the first U.S. trucking company to purchase a Mexican carrier. Trans-Mex is a leading provider of transportation services in Mexico and has played a major role in Swift’s continued international success.

Swift has developed a strategic network of regional terminals and offices located in areas that have strong and diverse economies and provide access to key population centers. This vast terminal network establishes a local market presence in every region of the United States and Mexico and enables us to respond more rapidly to our customers’ ever-changing requirements.

Our focus is to provide constant and consistent availability for service-sensitive customers in virtually every transportation environment and we attribute our superior service to an unconditional commitment to our core set of values.

Driving jobs with Swift Transportation provide full benefits, great pay, and excellent opportunities for advancement.

Apply online at: Swift Trucking Jobs