It is wise to know the correct way to leave one employer to go work for another. Even though the trucking industry is unique in some ways to other industries, quitting one job to work at another job follows pretty general common sense guidelines. Keep emotions out of it and always stay professional. Your success depends on this.
We think the best way to minimize harm to your long-term career is to follow some of these tips.
If it is your first job straight out of cdl training school, do everything you can to stick it out for at least one year. Even if the company says they have an “open door” policy and say it is okay to quit whenever you feel like it, you are doing your career a world of good by proving you know how to weather the storms any new change can bring. This builds your reputation and proves your maturity and worth which only means more money in your pocket.
Remember, if you feel you have been wronged on the job, remain professional at all times and take the high road. You will be respected more in the long run if you resist the urge to retaliate against your employer with some childish behavior.
Never, under any circumstances, leave your company big rig on the side of the road under dispatch. That behavior is career suicide. Start your delivery and end your delivery, professionally.
It is common practice to give your employer two weeks notice of your intention to move on, but there is a little wiggle room with that. Remember, the trucking industry is a community in and of itself. Word travels quickly among companies and any time you can paint yourself in a positive light among those doing the hiring, will only make your career stronger. Consider giving more weeks notice if possible.
If things have gone beyond your personal tolerance, please make sure you have all the paperwork filled out with your new employer and your new boss has a clear acceptance from you of the new responsibilities of the new position. If things are truly hostile at your old employer, depending on how they do business, they may or may not have you wait those two weeks. Remember, professional behavior gets high rewards in the end. Keep emotions out of it.
Another important aspect of the process of changing trucking companies is the condition of the truck you were driving. To minimize problems, it’s wise to take pictures of your rig when you are first assigned it. Be thorough. Go over the truck in detail. Get an authorized staff member of the company and note everything from body damage, to scratches, to cigarette burns. Make sure all damage gets noted on the inspection sheet and you receive a copy of that sheet for your records. Keep that copy at home in a safe place to be easily referenced on your departure from the company. Then all ambiguity will be eliminated.