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What Employers Must Know When Drug Screening Applicants

What Employers Must Know When Drug Screening Applicants

Did you know that the percentage of US employees testing positive for drugs has increased over the past 2 years? This includes an increase in usage across nearly all workforce categories and drug test specimen types, according to Quest Diagnostics. Drug screening is...

How to Attract the Best Drivers in the Trucking and Logistics Industry

by | Aug 7, 2015 | Applicant Management, applicant management software, applicant tracking software, DOT, drivers, FMCSA, Recruiting Best Practices, trucking

The US economy is dependent on the trucking and logistics industry to transport materials and goods throughout the country. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA) “in 2012, trucks moved 9.4 billion tons of freight, or about 68.5 percent of all freight tonnage transported domestically.” Amidst this staggering statistic, the trucking and logistics industry is experiencing a shortage of drivers. How can you attract the best drivers in this increasingly competitive industry? Recruiting, hiring and retaining good drivers is a widespread challenge for employers these days. The key is to stand out from the competition and have effective recruiting processes in place, while abiding by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.

Why it’s so Challenging to Find Good Drivers

Qualifications. The trucking and logistics industry is highly regulated for good reason, but strict policies disqualify an exorbitant number of drivers. Drivers must meet requirements outlined by the FMCSA.

Application process. The applicant process is extensive. Applicants must complete a mandatory employment application that’s FMCSA approved, which thoroughly details personal information, licenses, violations, experience, past employer information and more.

Talent pool. There is a shortage of qualified drivers and retention is a big issue.

  • Driver turnover has hovered around 90% since 2011. That number dipped into the 84% range in Q1 2015, but still confirms that turnover is a huge issue and costs companies millions of dollars.