Tips to Help You Recruit Qualified Heavy Haulage Truck Drivers

Posted on: 27 February 2017

When it comes to transporting your heavy construction equipment from one location to another, you need nothing short of the best drivers operating your fleet. Heavy construction equipment costs a fortune to buy, and you do not want to risk damaging your equipment during transport because of using inexperienced drivers. 

In the face of stiff competition to get the very best heavy haulage truck drivers, here is a rundown of what you can do to attract the right truck drivers to come work for you, so you can stay on top of the recruitment game.

Demonstrate that you are a top employer

Every employee naturally wants to be associated with the best companies. To get the best truck drivers, you will need to show that you are one of the best employers out there. Experienced as well as newly licensed heavy haulage truck drivers know that they are on high demand. If they are in "passive" employment, they know they can easily get a job whenever they want. If they are in "active" employment, they will only leave their current job if they are promised better pay, a newer fleet of vehicles, better working hours, and so on. 

Therefore, you will need to put your best forward if you are going to make seasoned truck drivers the target of your recruitment campaign. Aside from offering what your competitors can provide, consider offering special incentives, such as sign-on bonuses. 

Scout for new talent early

A major mistake many employers make is to wait until a potential candidate's experience is fully-baked before they can consider absorbing them into the organisation. They want a ready meal and do not want to go through the hassle of preparing the food themselves. By so doing, these employers overlook the tremendous amount of talent that lies in institutions training students to become truckers. While you may require to employ experienced truckers over the short term, you should have a plan to attract burgeoning truckers into your business. 

Visit training institutions to talk to students who are being trained to work as truck drivers, and offer apprenticeships to a few talented students. During these on-the-job training programs, you can scout for students who have the potential to make it big in the heavy haulage transport industry. By the time they leave school, you can offer them an opportunity to work for you. In most cases, these students will take up your offer, as they feel indebted to you for teaching them everything they know about their line of work.