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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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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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Signing

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Signing

Aug 07 2014

ESGR J.B. Hunt Signing

Craig Harper signs statement of support.

Craig Harper, J.B. Hunt’s Chief Operations Officer, signed a statement of support with the organization “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve” (ESGR) Thursday, July 24.

This reaffirms J.B. Hunt’s commitment to support those who have and are serving to protect our nation’s and the world’s freedoms.

More than 100 employees and members of the military, clad in uniform, joined in the audience as Craig signed the pledge.

Two additional awards, the Pro Patria and the Patriot, were acknowledged during the ceremony.

Thank you to all who attended and showed their support for our company’s commitment to our military!

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Jobs for Military Veterans

Jobs for Military Veterans

Apr 25 2014

american-flag[1]You may already know that J.B. Hunt actively seeks out military veterans for CDL driving and non-CDL jobs. But do you know what types of opportunities we offer?

We’re currently hiring military veterans for local and regional driving jobs that will get them home more often. We know you’re working hard to transition into the civilian world from the military, and we hope to make that transition easy for you. That’s why we offer driving jobs that will get you home daily or weekly instead of having you out over the road for weeks at a time. Spend more time at home with your loved ones with our dedicated and intermodal truck driving jobs.

We’re also hiring for non-CDL positions that require no prior experience! Our installation specialists complete a paid training program and specialize in home deliveries to customer locations. Installation specialists have career growth opportunities within the company and benefit options for an individual or family.

Contact our friendly team who handles military recruitment at 800-207-6097, or take two minutes and fill out our special military prequalification form online.

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J.B. Hunt Commits to Hiring Even More Veterans

J.B. Hunt Commits to Hiring Even More Veterans

Dec 04 2013

Recently, J.B. Hunt joined a group of 123 companies who are committing to hiring 200,000 veterans collectively by 2020. As part of 100,000 Jobs Mission coalition, we aim to employ more veterans at J.B. Hunt over the next seven years and beyond.

Currently, nearly one in five of our drivers is a military veteran, and we proudly employ more than 2,000 veterans at J.B. Hunt.  To learn more about your truck driving options at J.B. Hunt as a veteran, call our team at 1-800-207-6097 or fill out our short form online.

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J.B. Hunt Named Top Military Friendly Employer

J.B. Hunt Named Top Military Friendly Employer

Nov 19 2013

gI_90173_MFE14HiResFor the eighth year in a row, we’re excited to announce we’ve made G.I. Jobs Magazine’s list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers. Ranked at No. 14, we proudly hire veterans for both truck driving jobs and office and maintenance positions.

For drivers looking to start their civilian careers as truck drivers, we offer a military finisher program for CDL-A and CDL-B drivers that allows them to get on the road quickly.

Learn more about our careers for veterans by calling our team at 1-800-207-6097, or fill out our military prequalification form online now.

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J.B. Hunt Veteran Training Program

J.B. Hunt Veteran Training Program

Jul 31 2013

942340_10151466654788983_1922238561_n[1]We know the transition into the civilian workforce can be tough, so we’re proud to offer a training program that gets our vets into a truck within a month of completing orientation.

If you’re recently separated or are separating from the military with a current CDL-A, start your career at J.B. Hunt with no cost to you! Use funding from your G.I. Bill to pay for school and be guaranteed a driving job once school and training are completed.

Drivers will enjoy daily home time, weekly time off and projected averages ranging from $57,000-$60,000 per year! Drivers also receive full benefits, including a company matched 401(k) plan!

To learn more call 1-800-207-6097 or pre-qualify online here.

*Proof of Heavy Equipment Operator clearance is required. Drivers will complete a 3 week Military Finisher Program training school after orientation. Program only available in certain areas.

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Truck Driver Military Hiring Events

Truck Driver Military Hiring Events

Apr 23 2013

Hiring-Our-Heroes FairAt J.B. Hunt, more than 17% of our employees are veterans. We’re proud of that statistic and love to hire veterans for truck driving jobs. They’re dependable, hard-working, honest employees who take pride in themselves, their careers and their country.

We offer local and regional driving job options to CDL A, B, C and D drivers in the Northeast and are traveling to Hiring Our Heroes job fairs to spread the word to military veterans in the area. If you have your CDL and are a veteran, drop by one of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-sponsored career fairs and see us.

Prequalify for driving jobs here or contact Mike or Savannah at 1-800-207-6097 to learn more.

Hiring Our Heroes Military Career Fair
Thursday, May 2
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bordentown National Guard Armory
1048 U.S. Route 206 South
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Hiring Our Heroes Military Career Fair
Friday, May 3
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Headquarters – 459 ARW
3755 Patrick Ave.
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762

Hiring Our Heroes Military Career Fair
Wednesday, May 15
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
John Mosby Army Reserve Center
8831 John J. Kingman Rd.
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

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J.B. Hunt Recognized as a Military Friendly Employer

J.B. Hunt Recognized as a Military Friendly Employer

Dec 12 2012

Recently, G.I. Jobs Magazine recognized J.B. Hunt as one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers of 2012. Better yet, we made the top 10!

Veterans make up 17% of our workforce, and that’s something we’re extremely proud of. In 2012, 18% of our new hires were veterans.

Many of our truck drivers are military veterans. They’re respectful, hard-working individuals who value team work and are committed to success. We are happy to provide them with excellent jobs, including local and regional opportunities that keep them close to home.

Do you have what it takes to roll with J.B. Hunt? Pre-qualify online now.

 

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CDLs for Military Personnel

CDLs for Military Personnel

Nov 06 2012

USA MilitaryUnfortuately, many military personnel have trouble finding employment after their time with the military is up. But recently, a new law has been put into place that will make it easier for members of the military to ease into jobs in the trucking industry.

According to The Trucker, until recently,  military personnel were not allowed to obtain their CDL from a state they were stationed in unless they were a resident of that state. The Military CDL Act of 2012 allows select military personnel the opportunity to get a commercial driver’s license in the state where they’re stationed, whether or not they are residents of the state.

In addition, the Department of Defense is working to issue CDLs to active members of the military.

Are you a military veteran? If so, did you struggle to find a job after your service?

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