May 2015, - Feature

9 Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Technicians

A well formulated mentor program assigns new technicians to more skilled technicians who can answer their questions and serve as an industry expert. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

For many fleets the diesel technician shortage is already a reality. Here are nine things that will help you in your technician recruiting and retention efforts.

Tags: Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians, Retention

April 2015, - Feature

In Search of Owner-Operators

Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National

By Deborah Lockridge

After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them. Part 4 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Owner-Operators, Driver Dilemma

December 2014, - WebXclusive

Con-way Truckload's Strategies for Success

Albert Johnson, Con-way Truckload's vice preisent of human resources, works from the company's Joplin, Mo., headquarters: Photo by Drew Kimble, 12 Eighty-One Photography.

By Stephane Babcock

When you have 2,600 trucks and nearly 3,000 professional drivers on the road you need to make sure that not only are your clients’ products making it to their destination on time, but that they are also making it there safely.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Driver Training, Recruiting, Con-way Truckload

October 2014, - Feature

Automation: A Better Way to Recruit Drivers

By Jim Beach

Workflow management tools, analytics and behavioral assessment can make the hiring process easier and quicker.

Tags: Information Technology, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Automation

August 2014, - WebXclusive

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Truck Drivers

Photo courtesy Haldex


We don't have to tell you how important driver recruiting is to the success of your company — hiring truck drivers is priority No. 1 for nearly every transportation company. HNI shares some "don'ts" to keep in mind when recruiting drivers.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, HNI

May 2014, - WebXclusive

Four Key Takeaways from HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit

Reaching out to women and other underrepresented groups is one way to improve recruiting. Photo courtesy Con-way.

By Jim Daly, President, HNI Minnesota

HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit covered some of the pitfalls and best practices in the world of recruiting -- and retaining -- truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, Retention

April 2014, - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, hiring policy

April 2014, - Cover Story

Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect

One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. (Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Celadon, Dupre Logistics, Landstar, HNI, Nussbaum Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Affordable Care Act, National Transportation Institute, Prosperio Group

December 2013, - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Ever-Pressing Need for Young Drivers and Technicians

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By Jane Clark

There is one overriding issue that all fleet owners and managers face…recruiting new talent.

Tags: Recruiting, NationaLease

May 2013, - Feature

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

By Oliver Patton

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, Drivers, Recruiting

May 2013, - Cover Story

9 Ideas to Find & Keep Drivers

By Deborah Lockridge

Whenever there's a panel discussion about driver turnover and the coming driver shortage, low pay is always pointed to as a culprit. Yet when it comes to making drivers happy, pay often takes a backseat to the bigger picture.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

July 2008, - Cover Story

Driver Recruiting

By Deborah Lockridge

The right driver screening can help find and keep the cream of the crop.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, driver screening, Hiring

April 2007, - Feature

Reaching A New Demographic

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The times, they are a-changin', Bob Dylan sang that back in the tumultuous 1960s, and it still holds true today.

Tags: Recruiting, APU

April 2007, - Feature

Recruiting In The Information Age

By Deborah Lockridge

Computer software can make recruiting more effective and efficient.

Tags: Recruiting, Software, Technology

April 2007, - Feature

New faces Behind The Wheel

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck drivers have traditionally been mostly white males, but a growing need for drivers and a changing population means that notion must change.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking, Recruiting



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