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The driver shortage has been a norm for CDL driver recruiters over the last two decades. Even before the pandemic, there was a massive lack of drivers in the trucking industry. Yet, during the last two years, the need for qualified CDL drivers and the number of CDL jobs has further increased.
Nowadays, recruiters compete with other carriers for qualified driver applicants in various sectors. To win the competition and get drivers on the road with your company, there is one priority - speed to hire.
Driver recruiters have a limited capacity for going through the detailed hiring process with each driver. Often, the applicant is likely to be snatched up by a competing carrier or another industry before you make it through the entire hiring process.
Here are a few essentials to attract and hire the most suitable drivers.
Streamlined application process
The trucking industry attracts a wide range of driver applicants, from those with years of experience to those just starting. So, it's important that your application process can accommodate all types of applicants while still being as streamlined as possible.
An online applicant platform can be a big help in this area. It can automate many of the tasks involved in the recruiting process, from posting driver job ads to conducting initial screenings and scheduling interviews. This saves recruiters time and helps ensure that no drivers slip through the cracks.
Modern applicant tracking
Modern CDL driver recruiting processes are professional, technology-friendly, and require the right tools.
Implementing a driver recruitment platform enables you to get drivers through the application process and on the road faster. A good platform can help your driver recruiting team track where drivers are in the recruiting process and ensure that all required documentation is in place and up to date.
Agile recruiting efforts
The trucking industry is ever-changing, so your recruiting efforts should be too. You need to be actively recruiting drivers, whether that's through social media, truck driver job fairs, or other events. The more touchpoints you have with potential drivers, the better your chances of getting them on board fast.
Automated recruiting process
Recruiting time is limited, and recruiting drivers often feels like a race against the clock. However, with the right tools, recruiters can save significant time by automating such tasks as driver application ranking, sending response e-mails, CDL job posting, and compliance checks. This enables recruiters to focus on the recruiting tasks that can't be automated.
Your company image
Your company's reputation is on the line whenever you reach out to a driver. There are many CDL jobs available for drivers, and they can take their time to choose a trusted employer. You need to make sure your company is putting its best foot forward.
These days, truck driver recruiting is more competitive than ever.
The truck driver shortage is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, so recruiters will need to continue to find ways to attract and hire drivers quickly.
By streamlining your application process, being proactive in your recruiting efforts, and using automated solutions, you can improve your time-to-hire and stay ahead of the competition.
To learn more about how to automate your driver application and DOT compliance processes contact CDLSuite at 888-209-7427.