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J.B. Hunt Named 2018 Military Friendly Employer By G.I. Jobs

J.B. Hunt Named 2018 Military Friendly Employer By G.I. Jobs

Jan 21 2018

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J.B. Hunt was recently recognized for its proven commitment in providing Veterans a smooth transition into civilian truck driving jobs. The carrier was named a 2018 Military Friendly® Employer for the eleventh consecutive year by Victory Media, ranking J.B. Hunt in the top 20% of companies in the industry.

“J.B. Hunt is proud to show our ongoing support of Veterans and their families by maintaining our Military Friendly® Employer designation for more than a decade,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer at J.B. Hunt. “We are committed to doing our part for our nation’s military members, including working towards our goal of hiring 10,000 Veterans by 2020.”

According to MilitaryFriendly.com, the designation was determined using data sources from federal agencies, veteran employees, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. The list was featured in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and the January issue of Military Spouse magazine.

J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program, Hunt’s Heroes, continues to grow and offer more assistance and opportunities to Veterans every year. Since its inception in 2014, the program has expanded its local and regional driving opportunities to Veterans of any military profession and developed an extensive Department of Labor apprenticeship which offers Monthly Housing Allowance payments from the VA to qualified Veterans.

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Interested in driving with a military friendly company? Learn more about our regional and local truck driving jobs for Veterans by visiting DriveJBHunt.com or filling out our short form online.

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Final Mile Driver Finds Pride in a Hard Day’s Work

Final Mile Driver Finds Pride in a Hard Day’s Work

Dec 29 2017

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“At the end of the day, it makes you feel good. It’s a job well done. You hook something up in somebody’s house that took a little bit of skill. You got your hands dirty doing something. It gives you a sense of pride that you’re doing something that’s not always easy,” said Final Mile driver John.

For the past three years, John has been delivering and installing appliances, electronics and more into customer homes and businesses for J.B. Hunt’s Final Mile Services division. He finds it to be rewarding work that helps him provide for his family and gets him home every day.

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While looking for a local truck driving job three years ago, it was J.B. Hunt’s Final Mile opportunity that caught his eye – it was more challenging and different than the over the road driving he was doing. “I didn’t like being over the road because it’s really unpredictable. It really caused me a lot of anxiety to be away from home and be away from them [his three daughters] and not know what’s going on with them. I feel a lot better now,” he explained.

With only a year of over the road driving under his wheels and no installation experience, John braced for a learning curve. “I learned more about how to operate the vehicle in my first month here than in almost a year of being over the road and trucking school,” he said. “This job, when I started, I couldn’t really put a hammer and nail into a wall and now I have developed this kind of mechanical aptitude with some things that I didn’t have before in life when it comes to working with my hands and that sort of thing. That’s kind of cool.”

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After a few years of driving into tight locations and installing various products into customer homes, businesses and builder sites, his confidence continues to grow. “I’m not afraid to do some of the things that we do on this job, whether it’s going to a construction site, or bringing a massive piece of furniture into somebody’s house, or going into somebody’s house and installing something that is difficult,” he said. “It’s challenging because you have to change your mindset, to put yourself in the shoes of the customer. You treat that house like it’s your house, and to be honest, that’s hard.”

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Although his day’s work can be demanding, John has no plans to change his company driving job or his profession. “There’s definitely a negative stigma about drivers. I don’t really let that bother me. I feel like I’m doing my part. I know that I’m doing something that maybe a lot of other people don’t want to do. That’s okay. You can’t handle it, I’ll take the work,” John said.

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Ready for a rewarding truck driving job? Learn more about driving with J.B. Hunt by visiting DriveJBHunt.com or calling 1-877-791-9458 to discuss local truck driving jobs in our Final Mile Services division. Or feel free to fill out a short form online.

Are you a military Veteran ready for a new civilian career? Find out more about our DOL Apprenticeship that places Veterans in the front seat of local and regional truck driving jobs.

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2017: A Year In Review

2017:  A Year In Review

Dec 21 2017

As we reflect on 2017, we remember the many accomplishments, events and milestones that J.B. Hunt and its employees have achieved over the past year. We are proud of how far we’ve progressed and look forward to another year filled with growth and innovation.

Highlights of 2017:

New Driver Website

 

new site on phone editedIn January, we launched our new truck driver career website that offers a responsive and user-friendly experience from your phone, tablet or computer. It delivers search options to ease the process of finding your desired local, regional or OTR company truck driving job or contracting opportunity. Visit DriveJBHunt.com to view our new site.

 

 

Ranked 8th in G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers

Military Friendly Employer seal gi jobs 2017J.B. Hunt was recognized for its proven commitment in providing Veterans a smooth transition into rewarding civilian driving careers. G.I. Jobs named J.B. Hunt a 2017 Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for the 10th consecutive year, ranking eighth out of companies with revenue over $1 billion. Learn more about J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program.

 

New Driver Transfer Portal:

Driver Transfer Portal pic ONEIn 2017, we introduced a driver transfer portal to make it easier for company drivers to transfer to other driving jobs within J.B. Hunt’s various business units. Driving careers at J.B. Hunt can adapt to the changes in a driver’s life – wanting more home time with family, to move to a new city or to explore more of the country.
Through the portal, drivers can request a transfer to open positions in Final MileDedicated Contract ServicesIntermodal or Truckload and find the right opportunity that fits their lifestyle.

 

Truckload Driver Experience Program

Mock DOT 2The new Truckload Driver Experience program strives to assist recently employed OTR drivers in transitioning into their new job and the J.B. Hunt culture. Many travel to the corporate office in Lowell, Ark., and other J.B. Hunt locations around the country to meet fleet managers, take tours of the facilities and experience safety presentations and hands-on training.

 

 

Arkansas Truck Driving Championship

TDC driver family resizeWe hosted 29 drivers and their families for the 50th annual Arkansas Truck Driving Championship (TDC). Made up of a mixture of TDC veterans and newbies, this was the largest group of competitors for J.B. Hunt since joining this competition. J.B. Hunt took home the People’s Choice Awards for Biggest Group and Best Overall Group. Five additional trophies were awarded to J.B. Hunt drivers in the Pre-Trip, 5-Axle, Step Van, Straight Truck and Tanker divisions and one of our drivers qualified for the national championship. We are incredibly proud of our drivers’ hard work and dedication!


DCS Driver Achieves 4 Million Safe Miles

Bob PrattOn June 15th, DCS driver Bob reached a career milestone as he surpassed the 4 million safe miles mark. The 29-year J.B. Hunt veteran is now the ONLY active 4 million mile driver in DCS and the fifth company driver to ever achieve this accomplishment in J.B. Hunt history.

 

 

 

J.B. Hunt Transport Celebrates 56 Years

JBH_3On August 10th, J.B. Hunt celebrated its 56th anniversary and its historical impact on the logistics transportation industry. We have grown from a small business of only five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers to a Fortune 500 company with over 13,000 trucks, 110,000 trailers and containers countrywide and $6.5 billion in annual revenues.

 

 

Adopt-a-Class Winners

kids in classJ.B. Hunt drivers submitted more than 240 nominations for our Adopt-a-Class program, that’s four times the amount of last year’s count! With such a large response, it was very difficult to choose the winners but with much consideration, we selected 10!
The selected drivers delivered $1,000 worth of teacher-requested school supplies in their J.B. Hunt trucks. Students also toured the truck and enjoyed a pizza party.

 


Truck Driver Appreciation Month

chicago dcs editThis past September, we celebrated J.B. Hunt drivers across the country with numerous special events and gifts. Drivers and their families were treated to warm breakfasts, tasty cookouts, BBQs, catered lunches and delicious dinners. Family activities included playing volleyball, softball, soccer and bowling as well as a day at an amusement park, tubing down the river and swimming at the beach. And there were plenty of gifts and prizes to go around – gift cards, goodie bags, J.B. Hunt jackets and hats, raffles and carnival games!
 


Junior Driver Training Camp

JDTC-47While drivers studied and trained for the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition, their spouses and children enjoyed an afternoon of fun at J.B. Hunt corporate in the Junior Driver Training Camp. The camp gave families a first-hand experience of what their truck driver parents or spouses do every day.
The kids rolled inflatable tires for their pre-trip and ran through an obstacle course loaded with road directions – low clearance- crawl, find an alternative route around an unsafe driver, use mirrors to find hidden pedestrians and practice communicating with a teammate to get through a challenging route. We were pleased to entertain our driver families and watch them join the fun!


Wreaths Across America

WAA truck arrivingJ.B. Hunt proudly participated in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) event and carried out the organization’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by delivering a total of eight loads of wreaths.
J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers transported the wreaths from WAA’s headquarters in Harrington, Maine to national cemeteries and facilities throughout the country. Volunteers placed thousands of wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at the national cemeteries.

 

We look back on this past year with pride. Who’s ready to move into 2018 and see what we accomplish next?

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Interested in driving with J.B. Hunt in 2018? Visit DriveJBHunt.com or call 1-877-791-9458 to discuss our OTR, regional and local truck driving jobs and contracting opportunities or fill out a short form online.

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J.B. Hunt Drivers Deliver Wreaths Across America

J.B. Hunt Drivers Deliver Wreaths Across America

Dec 19 2017

J.B. Hunt proudly participated in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) event and carried out the organization’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by delivering a total of eight loads of wreaths.

The wreaths were transported from the WAA headquarters in Harrington, Maine to national cemeteries and facilities throughout the country. Volunteers placed thousands of wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at national cemeteries.

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J.B. Hunt’s delivery destinations this year were the following:

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  • Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minn.
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans, Calif.
  • Miramar National Cemetery, Miramar, Calif.
  • Saint Louis Cross-dock, Saint Louis, Mo.

Numerous military Veteran J.B. Hunt drivers, who were nominated by their managers, participated in delivering wreaths this year. DCS driver and military Veteran Robert Freeman found participating in WAA to be beyond rewarding. “I’m humbled, can’t keep my mouth shut. Awestruck, and the feeling is still going on,” he said.

See photos below of key exchange ceremonies between drivers transporting the wreaths across the country and of the national cemeteries where volunteers honored the graves of the fallen Veterans.

Wreath Ceremonies and Key Exchanges Along the Way: 

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Wreath Ceremony at J.B. Hunt Corporate Location:

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Wreaths Delivered to National Cemeteries:

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A big thank you to all our J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers and staff as well as the volunteers who made this year’s Wreaths Across America event possible!

Are you a military Veteran interested in beginning a driving career at J.B. Hunt? Call 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about our military hiring program or fill out out short form online.

 

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J.B. Hunt Ready to Deliver Wreaths Across America

J.B. Hunt Ready to Deliver Wreaths Across America

Dec 04 2017

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J.B. Hunt is proud to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) event for a fourth year. Each December, WAA carries out its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at over 1,000 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.

Beginning Sunday, December 10th, J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers will begin delivering a total of eight loads of wreaths from Wreaths Across America’s headquarters in Harrington, Maine to national cemeteries and facilities throughout the country.

The delivery destinations this year are the following:

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  • Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minn.
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans, Calif.
  • Miramar National Cemetery, Miramar, Calif.
  • Saint Louis Cross-dock, Saint Louis, Mo.

We invite you to follow this week long journey on our J.B. Hunt Drivers FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages. Share your Wreaths Across America experience with us by using #JBHWAA and #WAA2017.

There will be numerous military Veteran J.B. Hunt drivers, who were nominated by their managers, participating in wreath deliveries this year.

Learn more about our drivers:

  • Donald L. is a one-year Army Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services (DCS) driver. He has recently taken on the role of lead driver trainer and has been a great resource for new drivers looking for advice.
  • Chris D. is an eight-year Marine Veteran who served in Iraq. He is an Intermodal driver, a trainer and a Smith System instructor and has driven nearly two million safe miles with J.B. Hunt.
  • Michael “Snake” R. is a six-year Air Force Veteran and DCS He is eager to drive in the convoy and show respect and appreciation for his fallen fellow comrades.
  • Robert F. is a three-year Airforce Veteran who served in Vietnam. He is a DCS driver and has been said to be a reliable asset to J.B. Hunt for the past four years.
  • Edward S. is an Army Veteran who served for 31 years in operations such as Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He is a DCS driver who has driven with J.B. Hunt for over two years.
  • Sean D. is an Airforce Veteran who served for four years. He is a DCS driver who is also a trainer and continues to be an incredible resource for other drivers. He’s known to be willing to go outside his comfort zone and assist wherever needed.
  • Mark G. is a four-year Navy Veteran and an Intermodal driver. He’s looking forward to delivering wreaths and giving back to the military.
  • Daniel G. is a four-year Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. He says that driving for J.B. Hunt has helped him reach more of his dreams and this is his way of helping give back to the company and the military.
  • Cheryl S. is a five-year Army Veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is an Intermodal driver and ready to represent J.B. Hunt during WAA.
  • Roland P. is an Army Veteran who served for two years and feels honored to drive for WAA and serve once again for his fallen brothers. He is a Truckload driver who is a mentor to other drivers and always looking for ways to improve the driver experience.
  • Burt B. is an Air Force Veteran of four years and an Intermodal driver. He frequently joins his motorcycle group in welcoming Veterans home from overseas and escorts fallen heroes.
  • Paul P. is an Army Veteran who joined J.B. Hunt over a year ago through the Hunt’s Heroes military hiring program. His manager calls him an outstanding employee with a positive attitude and an impressive safety record.
  • James P.is a Marine Veteran who served for 30 years and retired as a Sergeant Major. He received honors such as the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Silver Star with gold cluster. He is a DCS driver and has been with J.B. Hunt for 17 years.
  • Mario R. is a seven-year Army Veteran who is still active in the Reserves. He is an Intermodal driver and despite driving with J.B. Hunt for only eight months, he has an impressive service and safety record and has been elected Driver of the Month and Driver of the Region.
  • Cole R. is a 16-year National Guard Veteran and currently trains soldiers in the military. He is also an Intermodal driver and trainer who is known to go above and beyond for J.B. Hunt.
  • Mike M. is an eight-year Marine Veteran and is described by his manager as the embodiment of selfless service. He is a DCS driver and trainer who is known for taking on difficult loads on a regular basis to ensure the success of J.B. Hunt’s customer. He was named the Northeast Driver of the Month in October 2017.
  • Claude E. is a Navy and National Guard Veteran who served for 23 years. He is also a Truckload driver who his manager calls a top driver.
  • Henry C. is an Army Veteran who served for over 12 years. He is a 2 million mile driver, drives on a DCS account and is known for practicing safety and communicating well with managers.
  • Cliff K. served for over seven years in the Army and participated in two tours in Vietnam. He is an Intermodal driver who has driven with J.B. Hunt for the past 30 years and feels honored to deliver wreaths for the heroes who didn’t make it back.
  • Richard D. served in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic for three years. He is currently an Intermodal driver and trainer who has driven with J.B. Hunt for the last 15 years. He’s received the August 2016 Driver of the Month and the 2016 Driver of the Year awards.
  • Travis R. has driven for J.B. Hunt intermodal for four years. He was active duty in the Navy from 2000-2004 and served in the Naval Reserve from 2004-2007. He was awarded three Sea Service Deployment ribbons, two Battle “E” medals, a National Defense medal, and a Good Conduct medal.

Are you a Veteran interested in working for a company dedicated to honoring and hiring Veterans? Contact our Hunt’s Heroes military hiring team at 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about a driving career at J.B. Hunt or fill out a short form online.

 

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Military Skills Make Driver the Best Runner on Account

Military Skills Make Driver the Best Runner on Account

Nov 03 2017

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Over two years ago, Marine Corps Veteran and DCS driver Jose found himself transitioning out of the service and looking for a civilian career to support his family. As an experienced truck driving Marine, a civilian job in transportation seemed to be a natural fit and with the Hunt’s Heroes Finisher Program, Jose transitioned smoothly.

Jose credits his four years of military experience and learned skills in helping him shift into a civilian career as a driver. “I can drive in tight places with no anxiety. We had to drive in similar scenarios in other countries. I have patience in traffic and with people driving recklessly. And safety – in the military, we always looked over our truck, check if tires are flat, a head light is out,” he said. “Those rules are applied in the civilian world on the road and in the yard before you get into the truck.”

Through a simple online inquiry and phone conversation with the J.B. Hunt military hiring team, Jose learned more about the company’s Veteran hiring culture and their Finisher Program. He said he was a bit skeptical about driving for J.B. Hunt as he would need to drive a manual; he only drove automatic in the military. “They told me about the program and the process of learning how to drive manual. They made me feel comfortable and the trainer taught me too. It definitely helped me out,” he said with gratitude.

The Hunt’s Heroes Finisher Program places service members, who have experience driving heavy equipment, on a fast track to a civilian career in truck driving. Many receive waivers to obtain their CDL A quickly and then undergo a few weeks of schooling and behind-the-wheel training through the program.

In addition, J.B. Hunt also works with qualifying service members, such as Jose, to obtain their GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments from the VA – an educational benefit paid to them in addition to their paycheck- to help ease their transition further. “It’s helped me live comfortably by supporting my family,” Jose explained.

Jose’s Account Manager, Michael, appreciates the ambitious Hunt’s Heroes driver who joined his team. “Jose is a hardworking individual and we are very happy that he decided to join the company after the military. He comes to work every day when he is scheduled to and gives us a max effort when he is here. The military trains and shapes individuals to be hard working and need-to-get-the-job-done kind of people. That is Jose,” he said.

Although Michael and other management remind Jose that he’s “the best runner they got,” he doesn’t think it’s anything more than being disciplined and doing his job, like the military taught him. “We have a mission. We have to get things done,” Jose emphasized.

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Learn more about J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program by calling 1-800-207-6097 or by visiting DriveJBHunt.com. Fill out our short form to be contacted about joining our ranks as a civilian truck driver.

 

 

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6 Reasons Why J.B. Hunt is Ranked Veteran Friendly

6 Reasons Why J.B. Hunt is Ranked Veteran Friendly

Jul 03 2017

Hiring Military Veterans

J.B. Hunt values what Veterans bring to the work place – specialized skills, a sense of duty, ambition, adaptability and real-world experience. We are confident that we outshine other companies when it comes to recognizing and advancing our military Veteran employees, whether they are transitioning into civilian careers or have been with J.B. Hunt for several years.

Read further to learn more about what makes J.B. Hunt military friendly and how committed we are to the success of Veterans.

1) Hunt’s Heroes Military Hiring Program

J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program, Hunt’s Heroes, continues to grow and offer more assistance and opportunities to Veterans every year. Since its inception in 2014, the program has expanded its local and regional truck driving and its delivery installation specialist opportunities to Veterans of any military occupation, developed an extensive Department of Labor apprenticeship which offers Monthly Housing Allowance payments from the VA to qualified Veterans, and most recently, has begun offering employment opportunities to military spouses.

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2) J.B. Hunt Veteran Employee Resource Group

J.B. Hunt’s appreciation for Veterans is woven into our employee culture and highly emphasized within our Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG). The group is known to ensure the growth of Veterans within the company by enhancing their professional career development and work productivity as well as sponsoring, supporting and developing Veteran events such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and volunteering opportunities.

VERG also recognizes self-identified employee Veterans with J.B. Hunt challenge coins. The challenge coin shows our gratitude and support for our troops within all military branches. Veteran driver Evan was given a coin soon after he began his career at J.B. Hunt.

“I received a commemorative coin from J.B. Hunt today… Thank you! Thanks to the entire company!” he said. “I never expected one from a trucking company… Getting a gift like this is crazy cool. I’m proud to work for a company that prioritizes things like this. I feel supported by you guys. You all very much touched my heart.”

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3) Company Support of the ESGR and Veteran Jobs Mission

In 2013, J.B. Hunt proudly signed a Statement of Support through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program and pledged to hire and support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Through this signing, J.B. Hunt has embraced the following:

  • Recognize and support our country’s service members and their families and honor the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
  • Provide managers with the tools they need to effectively manage National Guard and Reserve employees.
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.

J.B. Hunt is also a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, a coalition of now 230 private-sector companies committed to hiring 100,000 U.S. military Veterans by 2020. The Veteran Jobs Mission has collectively hired more than 380,000 Veterans since it began in 2011 and has increased their hiring goal to one million Veterans. J.B. Hunt is excited to be a part of this inspiring mission.

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4) Differential Military Pay Policy:

J.B. Hunt understands that employee Guardsmen and Reservists can be called to duty and be absent from their civilian job for many days or weeks. To offer stability, J.B. Hunt pays the difference between a qualified employee’s military compensation and their regular salary. By offering differential pay, we hope to minimize the employee’s loss of income while they are away serving.

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5) Observes Veteran Holidays and Events

J.B. Hunt regularly encourages employees to participate in Veteran holidays – Memorial Day and Veterans Day – on a corporate and account level. Employees plan and engage in ceremonies where staff gather to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

Since 2014, J.B. Hunt has also participated in Wreaths Across America where J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers transport thousands of wreaths to national cemeteries and alongside fellow employees and volunteers, lay them on the headstones of soldiers. We are honored to participate and do our part in remembering our country’s Veterans.

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6) Recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer

Our employees aren’t the only ones who find J.B. Hunt to be military friendly. For the past 10 years, J.B. Hunt has been recognized by G.I. Jobs for its commitment in providing Veterans a smooth transition into rewarding civilian careers in transportation. They named J.B. Hunt a 2017 Top 100 Military Friendly® Employerranking eighth out of companies with revenue over $1 billion. We find pride in such an achievement and are determined to make our way up the rank.

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Are you a Veteran ready to work with a military friendly company? Call 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about our Hunt’s Heroes program. Looking to drive with J.B. Hunt as a civilian? Call 1-877-791-9458 or fill out a short form online.

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Women Drivers Have Each Other’s Backs

Women Drivers Have Each Other’s Backs

Jun 26 2017

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Intermodal drivers Jodi and Cheryl may have followed different paths in life but both reached the same destination: J.B. Hunt.

Jodi first discovered an interest in trucking after a trip across the country and a visit to the library. “I always wanted to live in California… I lived there for three months. I drove all the way there and back, that was the best part!” she said. “I went to the library to research different jobs that let you travel and found a children’s book about trucking. It had an ad for a local truck driving school.”

Jodi attended the nearby driving school and excelled to the top of her class. “I took to it naturally,” she said. She went on to spend a number of years over the road and after having her son, she was ready for a local trucking job that got her home daily. She made her way into J.B. Hunt Intermodal and 19 years later, she’s still at J.B. Hunt and on the same Intermodal account. “People wanna know when I’m going to retire. Never! Five more years until my two million miles,” Jodi said with excitement.

Cheryl decided to pursue truck driving later in life and joined J.B. Hunt almost two years ago. When she retired from a management position at the United States Post Office, she was ready for a local truck driving job where she could work at her own pace and not manage others. Cheryl convinced a truck driver friend to let her ride along one day. She became convinced that she needed to learn the ropes and make driving her next career choice.

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When the two drivers first met, Cheryl was rather intimidated by Jodi. “I had been driving for only three months and she was a veteran driver with 20 years. She has a very strong presence,” she said. Cheryl’s anxiety soon passed as Jodi took the new driver under her wing and trained her on delivery routes and customer locations. “She told me if I had any questions or concerns, she’s only a phone call away,” Cheryl explained.

Being the only active women drivers out of almost 40 drivers at their Intermodal account, the two have leaned on each other during challenging times on the road. “Jodi has been someone I can count on,” Cheryl said. “A friendship with Jodi is knowing that there’s another woman who has your back.” “Cheryl has a teenage boy… I know it’s difficult to be a mom and be at every event you want to be at,” Jodi added. “We are Facebook friends, that’s what makes it official!”

This past December, as a military Veteran, Cheryl was offered the opportunity to participate in Wreaths Across America and drive a leg of the route that was destined for Arlington National Cemetery. She found herself relying on Jodi for support. “She helped me stay cool, calm and collected during Wreaths Across America. She was on the phone talking with me and encouraged me to keep going,” she said.

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With Jodi’s reassurance, Cheryl conquered any setbacks that arose and transported the wreaths to their next location. “I was really proud of her. She was really nervous about it. She could call me whenever she needed anything. She could lean on me,” Jodi said. “She went and enjoyed herself, she was proud of herself for doing it and we were proud of her for doing it.”

Jodi and Cheryl are eager for more women to take advantage of the various local CDL jobs at J.B. Hunt and become a part of its driving force. “The more women we get involved, the better we are as a company,” Jodi said.

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Interested in working with a company that offers a variety of driving opportunities? Call 1-877-791-9458 to discuss over the roadregional and local truck driving jobs or contract opportunities with J.B. Hunt or fill out a short form online.

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Driver Enjoys the Challenge in Driving Live Haul

Driver Enjoys the Challenge in Driving Live Haul

Jun 19 2017

Army Veteran and company driver Brent began his three-year J.B Hunt career transporting rail containers and within a few months, he made a big shift to a live haul job moving agricultural equipment. His day now involves moving feed trailers and drop bed trailers stacked with cages filled with poultry or eggs. “You have to think about the welfare of the birds, the stability of the trailers and getting into tricky areas at night,” he said. “Live haul allows you to test your driving skills every day – country, back roads and dirt roads, heavy traffic, in town and at night… It’s never boring. You see what kind of driver you are.”

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Before retiring from the Army in 2014, Brent knew he wanted to stay in the field of logistics and live close to his parents in Arkansas. “I began researching online and seeing what was available and J.B. Hunt seemed to be the best fit,” he said. “J.B. Hunt offers every job that the Army has, there’s a fit for you at J.B. Hunt somewhere – in communications, security, safety, driving… It’s a good organization that has the same branching that the military has.”

Beginning a career at J.B. Hunt as a driver made the most fundamental sense to Brent. “You should know what’s going on on the front lines… You can better come up with a solution,” he said. “The good thing about J.B. Hunt is that they have so many opportunities in so many different areas. All of the positions have to do with the driver.”

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Within a month of transitioning out of the military, Brent entered J.B. Hunt’s newly formed Hunt’s Heroes hiring program. The unique program offers driving opportunities and training to qualified Veterans and transitioning service members, no matter their experience. “I got on board during the program’s early stages… It’s grown so much,” he said.

Brent’s managers quickly noticed the Veteran’s ability to adapt and problem solve and continue to give him more responsibilities outside the cab. “I always want to know more, always asking situational questions… They sat me down and started showing me more. I fill in for my manager when he’s on vacation – build schedules and dispatch,” he said.

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Brent plans to continue to excel within the company and advance into management. “I like to progress, make myself better… Any time an opportunity comes up, I do it. It makes me a better driver, a better employee and an asset to J.B. Hunt,” he said.

And if you’re a Veteran looking for your final civilian career destination, J.B. Hunt comes highly recommended by Brent. “I’d like to applaud J.B. Hunt for recognizing Vets and their sacrifices…J.B. Hunt is a good U.S. company, they get a gold star!”

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Interested in more home time with a local truck driving job or contract opportunity? Give us a call at 1-877-791-9458 or fill out a short form online. Are you a military Veteran wanting to learn more about our Hunt’s Heroes program? Call us at 1-800-207-6097.

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J.B. Hunt Fulfilling Mission to Hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020

J.B. Hunt Fulfilling Mission to Hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020

May 26 2017

J.B. Hunt’s military Veteran hiring team is determined to do their part in reaching the company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020. No matter a Veteran’s driving experience, qualified candidates who participate in the Hunt’s Heroes  apprenticeship program are hired and trained for civilian careers in local or regional truck driving.

The Hunt’s Heroes hiring team often partakes in job fairs on military bases to discuss truck driving careers with transitioning service members but now, they are going a significant step further – they arrive with the mission to hire, often for open positions near the base. The team has partnered with J.B. Hunt representatives from surrounding accounts who are looking for Veterans to fill their positions in driving, installation, maintenance and management. The representatives are given the opportunity to do onsite interviews with candidates, and if they are the right fit for J.B. Hunt, present them with conditional offers of employment.

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This newly executed mission has already rendered great results for service members and J.B. Hunt – 6 solid hires and 6 candidates are currently moving through the final hiring process. The new employees are due to fill the following positions – CDL A drivers, delivery installation specialists, maintenance and a manager in training.

Once a Veteran has accepted an offer of employment as a CDL A driver or a delivery installation specialist, they begin their journey through the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program. The process involves attending orientation, truck driving school (for CDL A drivers) and behind-the-wheel training at their new account.

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Service member accepting J.B. Hunt’s conditional offer of employment.

To further opportunity and alleviate the cost of driving school, J.B. Hunt has joined efforts with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and was recently awarded the Arkansas Expands Apprenticeship (AREA) Grant. With AREA grant funds, qualified candidates can attend driving school at a greatly reduced price – translating into an additional 50 Veteran hires in the next 12 months.

This month, the first three Veteran AREA grant recipients – Andy, Eric and Jonathan- began their education at the Mid-America Truck Driving School located on the campus of Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, Arkansas. Once they finish school, the new drivers will proceed to their assigned J.B. Hunt accounts and undergo training with an experienced company driver who is also a Veteran.

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AREA Grant recipients and Hunt’s Heroes military Veteran drivers – Eric, Jonathan and Andy.

AREA grant recipient and Army Veteran Andy understands that hard work and behind-the-scenes collaboration make programs like the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship possible. “Partnering with the school and for people to take the time to apply for the grant and actively seek Veterans to join the program and wanting to help people out, it’s really good,” he said. “I’m happy to be a part of something people at the top to the bottom want to be a part of… Everybody has been above board and honest and has treated everyone with respect. It can’t get any better. I’m just happy!”

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Are you interested in being the next Veteran to enter the Hunt’s Heroes program and begin a rewarding civilian career in truck driving? Give our military hiring team a call at 1-800-207-6097 or fill out a short form online.

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