With a vast network of companies in various industries and diverse positions to choose from, the transportation, logistics, and distribution industry (TLD) is a thriving field for those seeking a career and future at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Ocean carrier vessels, harbor craft, railroads, and trucks are all ways that we move billions of dollars of goods through the Port every year.
Trucking is a vital part of the TLD industry. Those who have recently earned their commercial driver’s license (CDL) will find that the Port of New York and New Jersey and its business partners offer many opportunities for CDL drivers. Whether driving locally or long haul, our truckers play an essential role in keeping commerce flowing smoothly throughout the region.
We are the busiest port on the Eastern seaboard, the third-largest port in the nation, and operate in one of the world’s most concentrated and affluent consumer markets. From our six marine terminals, truckers play an important role in reaching the 46 million local consumers in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area within four hours.
Drayage truck drivers have been especially essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, moving food, cleaning, and health supplies to businesses so that families can keep critical supplies on hand. Annually, the Port of New York and New Jersey generates over 500,000 total jobs in the region. Here are a few ways to find them:
- The Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Jobs in the New York and New Jersey Region LinkedIn Group: A network from the Council on Port Performance, this group of Port businesses, HR recruiters, guidance counselors, and other stakeholders introduces job seekers to diverse TLD career opportunities on and near the Port. Join the group for information on job fairs and other local events that can introduce you to area companies actively hiring CDL holders. LinkedIn also lets you create a profile indicating your status as a CDL holder, making it easier for recruiters to find you and reach out about job opportunities.
- The State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal: The service was created specifically for essential workers, such as truckers. It is free of charge for all job seekers and allows searching by industry and region.
- The Virtual Workforce1 Career Center: This site helps job seekers prepare and connect to jobs across New York City’s five boroughs, in every sector of the economy. The free service uses the web or phone to provide one-on-one help from professionals.
Watch the CDL webinar here: