Online Recruiting Helping Truck Driver Shortage

Released on: November 2, 2007, 9:53 am

Press Release Author: Kelly Bingham / Neutron Interactive

Industry: Transportation & Logistics

Press Release Summary: Driver Careers matches candidates with driver training
schools to reduce the shortage of truck drivers in the trucking industry.

Press Release Body: Salt Lake City, UT - Internet-based recruiting firms are doing
their part to stem the persisting shortage of commercial truck drivers in the United
States. Companies like Driver Careers
( specialize in placing
prospective drivers with a trucking school or experienced drivers with a trucking

The American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates that the trucking industry will
need to replace 539,000 truckers over the next seven years. That means that
approximately 54,000 new truckers will need to be hired each year to keep up with

\"The driver market is the tightest it has been in 20 years,\" said ATA President and
CEO Bill Graves. \"It\'s a major limitation to the amount of freight that motor
carriers can haul. It\'s critical that we find ways to tap a new labor pool, increase
wages and recruit new people into the industry that keeps our national economy

Factors contributing to the shortage include an aging workforce about to retire and
high turnover. In spite of this, Tiffany Wlazlowski, Director of Public Affairs for
the ATA believes things are beginning to turnaround.

\"Business is good, freight tonnage growth is robust and the economy is growing,\"
said Wlazlowski. \"Professional drivers pay rates are increasing, benefits are
attractive and getting better and training opportunities for apprentices abound.\"

Another contributor to the turnaround is prospective drivers utilizing the Internet
sites, like Driver Careers, to get information about and apply to truck driver
training schools.

\"We\'re processing dozens of applications for new truckers every hour,\" David
Freeman, Marketing Director of Driver Careers said. \"But there is still a high
demand from the trucking schools. There are plenty of opportunities available\"

Driver Careers has been increasing the truck driver pool by pairing prospective
drivers with reputable driving schools and trucking companies. At, applicants submit
their free profile information then are matched to a driving school meeting their
individual criteria.

\"Our system analyzes the client\'s information then instantly matches them with a
specific school, like Roadmaster and Allstate Career Schools; or trucking companies
like SMX and Marten Transport,\" said Felicia Romney, Driver Careers Account Manager.

Driver Careers clients are also given a contact name and number at the school to
answer questions and assist them with their enrollment.

\"We don\'t just give clients a list of companies in their area. The school or company
will contact the driver directly,\" said Romney. \"We make sure there\'s human
component involved.\"

For further information, please contact Gregory Graf, VP of Business Development at, 801-327-9090.

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Web Site:

Contact Details: 224 South 200 West Suite 210
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 801.327.9090
Fax: 801.327.9077

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