Struggling to find post-active duty employment can be a problem for many veterans. We believe the trucking industry can play a part in helping solve this problem. Forbes listed trucking as one of the top 10 jobs for veterans. The benefit? The trucking field extends far beyond driving. From distribution and warehouse operations to a large number of administrative and mechanical positions, veterans have a world of opportunity at their fingertips in this industry. They have a world of opportunities with the Oakley family!
So, what specifics make the trucking industry and our family a good fit for veterans?
Experience: The training process to receive a commercial driver’s license is much less daunting of a task for many veterans due to the past experience many have gained operating large vehicles during their time serving in the military. CDL training is one of the first steps taken for those entering the industry. This training is a specialized instructional program and can take as little as seven weeks.
Teamwork: Those who have served in active duty know the importance of functionality within a teamwork setting and the benefit of relying on those that work alongside you. Many have developed lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen they have relied on in the field. In the trucking industry, and especially here at Oakley, we thrive on teamwork. We constantly encourage our staff to build relationships with one another because we’re more than just a business, we’re a family. We rely on one another, knowing we can never accomplish as individuals what we’ve been able to do as a team.
Stamina: Being on constant high alert and exercising caution are an essential on the job. This is a discipline of which servicemen and women are no stranger. Active duty requires physical fitness, mental acuity, and the ability to stay focused for long periods of time. These are abilities that will prove to be of great service no matter what job a veteran may hold within the trucking industry.
Leadership: Taking charge, thinking critically, working efficiently – all essential skills that make an excellent leader. These traits are part of the military mindset and are also expected of professionals at Oakley. Whether you’re training drivers, managing a fleet, or on the road, possessing these skills are what develop a great leader, and a great leader is a quality worker and family member.
The sacrifices made by our veterans are far reaching and we believe it is important to bridge the gap as they transition into a new season of service. Military service may be in the past for veterans but at Oakley Transport we know they still carry with them skills and abilities that will last them a lifetime and would contribute greatly to the Oakley family.