Michael Lynch is a regular fixture at RecruitMilitary Career Fairs. The Senior Military Recruiter in the Service to Semis Program for C.R. England estimates he has hired approximately 50 veterans from RecruitMilitary events, and plans to attend more in 2014, noting, “They take good care of us.”
Lynch helped set up the Service to Semis program, which was officially launched in May 2012, one month after he spearheaded the initiative. A RecruitMilitary career fair was one of the first hiring events he attended. Their one-of-a-kind program allows veterans to attend C.R. England’s Premier Truck Driving School for zero tuition with a six-month employment commitment. England even takes it a step further by guaranteeing their students employment with their company upon successful completion of the school and meeting the hiring criteria. By adding a military-specific recruiter to their team, C.R. England hopes to hire more veterans than ever before.
Lynch is excited about helping vets as part of his second career. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army after 30 years, during which he worked with artillery and aviation, spending his last 21 years in Army Recruiting Command. “Veterans are disciplined and dedicated to the task at hand, and are good candidates for the type of opportunities we have,” he says. “They are not afraid to go from Point A to Point B and get there on time.” Furthermore, he points out, “Their skills translate well. They are used to driving all-terrain vehicles, and they can quickly pick up the necessary skills for driving large standard shift trucks.”
His #1 piece of advice to veterans: “If you attend a Career Fair, STOP at EVERY table. A banner does not tell you all there is about that company, and what they are hiring for. They may have a position that’s just right for you, but you’ll never know it if you pass them by.” Lynch frequently goes out of his way to stop veterans at events, asking them what they types of positions they are looking for, and urging them to visit each booth.
“There are a lot more than just driving opportunities at C.R. England,” he points out. “Logistics, operations, supply, safety management – that all comes into play in transportation.” He encourages veterans to “do their homework” and research companies that interest them. It worked for Lynch. He found his current position by conducting an online job search. Luckily, it happened to be in his hometown of Salt Lake City, and a mere ten minutes down the road from where he lives. “Network with everyone you’ve ever served with,” he recommends. “Some positions may start at a lower pay range than you want, but be ready to prove yourself in order to move up the ladder.”
Lynch points out that C.R. England drivers do not have to relocate. Once training is completed, a company truck is assigned, and drivers can operate from where they live. “It’s a great fit for veterans who are getting out and may want some solitude with no one over their shoulder. Plus, you get to see the country while you work.”
There are more than 550,000 active jobs posted on RecruitMilitary’s job board.
Military CDL Skills Test Waiver
As more military troops return home from active duty, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have joined with the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs to help ease this process. States can assist veterans and active duty personnel in their transition from their military occupation to a civilian career through a Skills Test Waiver. State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) may substitute two years of CMV safe driving experience in the military equivalent of a commercial motor vehicles, for the skills test portion of the CDL skills test.
The applicant must also certify the following:
1) safe driving experience;
2) no more than one license (except a military DL) obtained in the past two years;
3) no base or state-issued driver license has been suspended, revoked or cancelled; and
4) no convictions in any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying CDL offenses listed elsewhere in the regulations.
The Application for Military Skills Test Waiver form document addresses all of the issues captured in the new regulation including which violations can deny the waiver; identifying the specific type(s) of vehicle which the service member was licensed to drive; and, an endorsement by the service member’s commanding officer of the safe driving record. For a list of the States which currently offer the skills test waiver for military drivers, click here.