Archive for the ‘Driver Recruitment’ Category

June 30th, 2015

On May 28th, 2015 we were pleased to celebrate Military Appreciation Month by discussing trucking careers for military veterans in a Facebook LIVE chat. Check out the transcript below for some insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!

Con-way Truckload: We’re taking questions live! To get us started, here’s a view sent along by Tomy Fox, one of the drivers of our new True2TheTroops truck!

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Con-way Truckload: In case you missed it, we launched a new program “True To The Troops” on May 1st to honor our veteran drivers, do you have any questions about transitioning to trucking from the military? https://youtu.be/_u-svDD7MBI

Q. Hi, can you tell me a few things that Con-way Truckload does for the Troops?

Con-way Truckload: Thank you for asking. We have a variety of programs to support our military, they fall in two categories: charity and recruiting. We are the national transportation sponsor of HOLY JOE’S CAFE, a group that provides coffee to our troops overseas, reaching 35 different countries. We are currently honored to pull The Wall That Heals Vietnam memorial in the Michigan, Illinois and Indiana area this week-we will be with the Wall in other parts of the country later this year. We also sponsor Wreaths Across America and will donate to that group closer to the fall. We have a True to the Troops campaign and recognize our military veteran employees internally as well… 16% of our employees have military experience.

Q. If I am a Veteran, or even Active Duty, How can Con-way Truckload help me transition into becoming a Professional Truck Driver?

Con-way Truckload: For recruiting we have a number of great programs to help new drivers transition from the military to working with Con-way Truckload. We partner with U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program and Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program as well asFASTPORT to help recently separated military personnel find the right job. Through our Con-way Truckload Military Apprenticeship Program qualifying veterans or reservists who choose to start truck driving careers with Con-way Truckload as students can use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income up to $1,000/month in their first year of employment. We also have a Driver Certification Program: Drivers with recent military driving experience and a CDL will be considered for our Driver Certification program in Joplin, MO. Upon completion, the driver trains with a Driver Trainer for 7,500 miles and can quickly transition to the experienced driver pay scale. Call to speak with a recruiter to see if you qualify.

Q. That’s awesome. What’s the number to speak to a recruiter? 

Con-way Truckload: 866-437-4956

Con-way Truckload:  New to the field? We put together a over-the-road driving 101 that may answer some of your questions! http://true2blue.com/over-the-road-101-the-basics-of-long-…/

To learn about future live chats, be sure to subscribe on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload/events

June 22nd, 2015

We recently caught up with Tomy Fox, a longtime Con-way Truckload driver and driver trainer, and one of our two True to the Troops truck representatives. For the past month, Tomy has been travelling the country with the True to the Troops truck. In the last two weeks, Tomy has an additional honor to transport The Wall That Heals, a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. A Vietnam veteran himself, Tomy shared his experiences transporting The Wall. Currently Tomy is transporting a part of the memorial, a motorcycle that was damaged, from Utah to Texas to be repainted.

Q: What does it mean to you to be representing Con-way Truckload’s True to the Troops campaign?

It is an honor. It’s a privilege to be able to represent our company in front of other veterans and let them know someone cares – that Con-way Truckload cares.

Q: What has been your favorite part of driving the True to the Troops truck?

Definitely my time transporting The Wall that Heals. That has been a super honor, especially because I am a Vietnam veteran. I have met hundreds of other Vietnam veterans. We reminisce and talk about our time of service.

I have had the Wall for two weeks and I have it another week and a half, but I would just as soon transport it for the rest of my time with the True to Troops truck!

A lot of the veterans who visit recognize names on the Wall, which makes it personal to them. It’s amazing to watch them come up here because when they leave they feel better. They paid their respects.

Also, parents bring their kids out here to teach them about the Vietnam War. In Michigan, a school bus pulled up filled with high school students. Their teacher asked them to pick a name on the wall and write it down. Then we helped them print out the life stories that go along with the names – their families, their history. The kids really liked it.

NOTE FROM TOMY: If you want info about anyone whose name is on the Wall That Heals, visit www.VVMF.org.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your time in the service?

I joined in 1972 and I was out in 1993. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. During my military career, I went places and did things that most Air Force servicemen don’t get to do – I was really lucky.

In the Air Force I spent time in Vietnam but I also served in Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, India and many European countries. Part of the career was to travel so I got to see some really neat places.

Q: What does it mean to you when someone thanks you for your service?

Well, that’s a tough question. We (Vietnam veterans) were treated badly when we returned from war. I guess it is better late than never but it still hurts the way we were treated 40 years ago. I do really appreciate it and I get it all the time with this truck. The support I receive everywhere is really astonishing. And, a late “thank you” is better than none at all.

Q: Can you tell us about the special gift you received recently?

We were in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, right outside of Chicago. We had the wall up and had kids go through the truck. He was in the truck for a while – it was just he and I. I answered all his questions about the truck. His mom was really nice and they thanked me for sharing this information with their son. Well, they came back the next day and the boy handed me a hand-painted American flag card. He did it on his own. He came up with the idea, painted it and wrote in it all by himself. He wrote “I salute you! God bless you. Thank you for serving our country and for showing me your truck. Grateful! God’s blessings Jonah”

It made me feel like a million bucks. It was so out of the blue. I have it pinned inside my sleeper now. I am hoping we can put it in a trophy case back at headquarters when I get back.

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June 15th, 2015

 

Well drivers, it is finally summer. The sun is out and temperatures are rising across the country. This is great news. This means no run-ins with blizzards or patches of ice. But, it does mean that staying safe and healthy in the heat and the sun become top priorities.

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It is important to remember how harmful exposure to the sun can be. It doesn’t matter where or how you get a sunburn or tan; working in the yard, playing golf, laying outside or in a tanning bed, even just resting your arm on the driver’s side door while you are working. It’s bad news. Tans and sunburns are caused by harmful UV radiation from the sun. If you have a tan, you have damaged skin cells; it’s as simple as that.

This damage can lead to premature aging of your skin in the form of wrinkles, brown spots and sagging, or lax skin. And of course, overexposure to the sun may cause melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Studies show that over the past 40 years, cases of melanoma among people ages 18 to 39 have increased by 800 percent in women and 400 percent in men.

People at the greatest risk of overexposure are those who live in sunny climates or high altitudes, those whose jobs or favorite activities require them to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, a history of blistering sunburns as a child and, worst of all, repeated use of indoor tanning beds.

Happily, as in most things, a little common sense goes a long way. Skin damage from overexposure to UV rays can be prevented. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the warm weather without feeling the need to wrap yourself in a cocoon.

  1. Use a sunscreen that has been proven effective. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. And remember, the number here relates to the amount of time you may go between applications. A sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 blocks over 90 percent of the harmful UV rays, but would need to be reapplied more often than one with a factor of, say 100.
  2. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — an ounce (about a handful) is generally enough to cover most exposed areas of your body. Use more if you want but don’t skimp! Apply it thoroughly and thickly.
  3. Be sure to cover all exposed skin. Get the backs of your ears, your shoulders and back, and the backs of your knees and legs. Avoid getting sunscreen in your eyes.
  4. If you plan on swimming (or sweating) look for a brand of sunscreen that is waterproof. Reapply as needed.
  5. Pay attention to the expiration date. The ingredients in sunscreen degrade over time.

These few simple steps can help you enjoy a safe, healthy summer, so apply that sunscreen and get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather as much as you can. And remember, just because you are in the cab of a truck, doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe from rays. Lather up!