As today’s next big group of consumers, Millennials, come of age, there is plenty of talk about how toJobs 2 market to them. As the trucking industry faces a dwindling workforce, could Millennials step in to save the day?

Within the next two years, it’s expected that there will be 100,000 unfilled jobs in the trucking industry. This is happening because as the older truckers retire, fewer young people are stepping in to take over. At the same time, production is up, people are spending money again and there is much more freight that needs to be hauled.

Millennials are a perfect match for the industry. They’re anywhere from 18 to 29 years old and are looking for good careers. Another reason they are a target is that around 40 percent of them are unemployed.

Some people approach their path to a career by spending a large amount of money on higher education and graduate to an often poor job market. Truckers, on the other hand, have the option to attend a trucking school, which is a brief visit compared to what liberal arts majors go through. They earn their certification and step directly into a trucking job that pays better than what most college graduates find directly out of college. Some trucking companies are even paying for their drivers to go to a trucking school to learn how to be safe drivers.

Yes, there are drivers needed at trucking companies throughout the country and recruiters are trying to reach them through technology. Millennials are a very technologically advanced generation. Most of them never knew a home without a computer or Internet. What we know now is that Millennials want to work for a company that can offer flexible work hours. They want to work from various locations so they can maintain a better work/life balance. Trucking can offer this to them.

The drivers needed sign is up in hopes that the current shortage of 30,000 drivers can be lessened. Unfortunately, the American Trucking Association believes that number is only going to go up – hitting the 100,000 mark by 2016.

To sweeten the deal, recruiters have started upping the starting wage. Millennials also demand more compensation, and the industry is answering that call. Millennials want more leisure time, which is also something companies in the industry are more willing to provide.

At Spirit Miller, we believe the trucking industry is attracting fine candidates looking for a stable and fulfilling career. Our driveaway jobs are attractive because we offer a variety of routes that suit the needs of Millennials. We can offer you routes that have you home for dinner every night. We offer driveaway services seven days a week, 24-hours a day, which means you have your choice of when you work. Contact us today and get started on a new career.

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