This blog post was updated on March 31, 2021.
This article is a guest blog post by our partner Verified First.
Everyone in the trucking industry has more freight than drivers - this isn’t a secret. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the shortage is expected to only get worse over the next eight years. Bob Costello, Chief Economist for the ATA, projects a shortage of 175,000 drivers by 2026.
As our partner, AvatarFleet, described on our joint webinar, How to Develop Your Driver Brand: The Driver Shortage is For Your Competition, there is no driver shortage - there is a quality driver shortage.
Because qualified drivers have many options, it’s critical for your company to have a streamlined hiring process. The applicant experience is the first impression a candidate has of your company. If you have an inefficient process, it’s easy for them to drop out and apply for your competitor down the street.
You need to remove friction from every step of your hiring process. For many candidates, the background screening process can be a final hurdle. Research shows that 2 in 5 employers loose job candidates because of a poor experience with their background screening process.
To improve your driver recruitment, here are some best screening practices to improve your candidate experience:
The driver shortage will be a significant challenge over the next decade. However, savvy trucking companies can take steps to adapt to any market. To improve the efficiency and ease of running pre-employment screenings, Verified First fully integrates with AvatarFleet.
To learn how we can improve your hiring process, click here.
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