No matter what industry you are in, hiring managers everywhere agree that the recruiting process has changed significantly. It is not until lately, that the trucking industry has had to accept some of those changes and join the rest of the recruiting world.
Not too long ago, trucking recruiters and hiring managers continued to follow their normal attraction, hiring, and retention methods. So many companies used truck driving schools as their only means of finding truck drivers. In fact, many companies sponsored trucking schools, as this was the best use of their recruiting dollars.
With the slow and lower school enrollments, many companies have been forced to look for other means of attracting trucking candidates. Referrals, social media, and even internship programs have started to pop up all over – trying to find truck drivers for the extreme number of open positions.
As you look back at the recruiting timeline in the trucking industry, you most likely will see a steady and consistent effort in hiring drivers. While small changes have been seen due to regulation, deregulation of trucking, and multiple trucking unions that have come and gone, one thing has remained the same – the need for qualified truckers.
While it seemed easier in years past to find a good driver, the fact has always remained, there is a need for truckers and this will remain constant. When you think about, or discuss the evolution of trucking recruiting, this is the one thing every recruiter and hiring manager can agree on.
As you begin 2018, keep the evolution of trucking recruiting in your thoughts, but now is the time to look to the future of trucking hiring. Learn to think outside the box. Your attraction, hiring, and retention efforts will become easier and clearer as you do. The trucking industry will never go away and will always need good quality drivers – how you recruit them will set you apart from the rest!