Bus operator recruitment

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Introduction

Hiring bus operators is an essential function of managing a transit operation. While hiring may seem straightforward, attention to certain details can lead to recruitment of better candidates. Agency officials responsible for hiring may struggle with attracting qualified applicants, retaining trainees, or conversely, managing an abundance of applicants when no positions are available. Agencies can vary greatly in their hiring needs. For example, some agencies may seek only experienced commercial (CDL) operators while others have the resources available to hold regular license training programs. The strategies below may need to be adapted individually to suit the characteristics of a specific employer.