Truck Driver is one of the most difficult to recruit transportation positions and one of the most in-demand jobs, according to WANTED analytics recruiting metrics. On average, Truck Driver scores a 59 on the Hiring Scale, indicating that Recruiters are likely to encounter moderate difficulty sourcing candidates. The Hiring Scale factors in supply, demand, salary, local and national conditions, unemployment rates, job site sources, and other factors to determine how hard-to-fill a job is likely to be on average throughout the US. The score ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 indicating hardest-to-fill.

Truck Drivers are most in-demand in Chicago. However, in Chicago, conditions are likely to be more challenging. Chicago scores a 57 on the Hiring Scale, close to the national average. To reduce hiring difficulty in Chicago (or any location where these jobs are hard-to-fill), here are 3 different strategies we recommend Recruiters try:

  1. Relocate Truck Drivers from areas that have large candidate supplies that exceed current local demand.

    Below are metro areas that score 40 or below on our Hiring Scale and have large talent pools that are more than sufficient for their local demand.

    Cities with Largest Candidate Supply for Truck Drivers
    SOURCE: WANTED Analytics
  2. Recruit for Truck Drivers in locations with the lowest Hiring Scale scores.

    Below are the cities with the lowest Hiring Scale scores for Truck Drivers, indicating that recruiting should be the least difficult in these areas.

    Cities with Best Recruiting Conditions
    SOURCE: WANTED Analytics
  3. Set up recruitment programs at institutions with truck driving education or training programs.

    While most Truck Driver job ads only require candidates to have a High School degree, there are candidates that are currently being trained or have been trained in truck driving programs. If you haven't already looked into these institutions as a candidate source, you can work with driving schools or colleges with these programs to attract candidates upon completion of the course. In the Chicago metro area the following schools have education programs for Truck Drivers.

    Schools with Truck Driver Candidates
    SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

There are 2,770 students who completed relevant coursework in the Chicago metro area last year. Of the schools in this area, The City College of Chicago - Harold Washington College has the largest supply of graduate candidates. Star Truck Driving School in Hickory Hills has the second largest graduate candidate supply. This list of schools gives you an idea of where you can focus your campus recruiting efforts.

If you would like to find schools that offer training programs for Truck Drivers and provide sources of candidates in your area.

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