You may have heard about these crazy robot drones that Amazon are trying to get off the ground (pun intended) to make deliveries.
At the risk of sounding like an old man with a chip on his shoulder, until they invent safe teleportation, we’re going to need delivery companies like UPS to handle our shipping needs.
I’m sorry, I don’t trust a flying robot to deliver my flat screen TV I really don’t. I’ve seen enough science fiction movies to know that those little guys are not on our side.
In all seriousness though, if you want a fast-paced job in an industry that has no chance of going anywhere soon, we need to get you a UPS application today!
We’ll talk about the company’s history, culture, and vision. Then we’ll walk you through the process of applying to the company and give you some tips on how to maximize your time and increase your chances of success.
UPS History and Vision
The true name of the company is the United Parcel Service of North America Inc. Of course, I would rather say (and type) UPS myself so I understand the need for abbreviation.
This company is the largest shipping and logistics company in the world. It is an American global package delivery company headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Every day, UPS delivers 15 million packages to 6.1 million customers in 220 different countries and territories around the world. Almost everyone recognizes the company’s workers and trucks by their iconic brown color. As you can probably imagine, the company also owns an airline and air cargo delivery service based out of Louisville, Kentucky.
The story of this worldwide company began all the way back in 1907 when James Casey founded the “American Messenger Company” in Seattle, Washington. The first delivery cars used by the company were the iconic Model T Fords of the time. After consolidating with other services, the name of the company was changed to “United Postal Service” and it adopted the UPS logo.
With physical locations to pick up and drop off packages at, the company achieved a wider reach into its customer base and made people more aware of their brand.
There are now three major elements in the company’s structure:
1. U.S. Domestic Package
This arm of the company is responsible for the delivery of letters, documents, packages, and other shipped items across the United States.
2. International Package
This portion of the company delivers to more than 220 countries and territories around the world. Shipments that are entirely transported outside the U.S. are also handled by this branch of the company.
3. Supply Chain & Freight
This arm of the company handles the UPS forwarding and contract logistics operations, UPS Freight, and other aspects of the business. This portion of the company serves 175 countries and territories around the world and offers a number of less than truckload or truckload services to clients all across North America.
The company has over 395,000 employees overall. There are 318,000 in the US and 77,000 internationally. If this sounds like a company you would like to work for, let’s talk about the online process of applying and how you can make the most of your time prior to the interview.
There are numerous companies that offer shipping services around the world. Besides UPS there is also companies like FedEx who offer a similar level of services to their customers.
The United States Postal Service is the grandfather of all these shipping services so working there is also an option. International shipping companies like DHL are also always hiring good people so keep your options open and never be afraid to apply to multiple companies.
UPS Application Online
UPS is a company that is certainly on the forefront of making the application process as easy and simple as possible. There are consistent positions available in sorting, receiving, and delivery.
Before you apply it’s important to know the physical strains that a job like this entails. You’ll need to possess the ability to lift as much as 70 pounds or more consistently throughout a daily work shift. You will also be required to take Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals to ensure that you’re fit to be driving.
Delivery drivers are the usual focus for entry-level job seekers. These positions require the above aspects in addition to a valid driver’s license. In many cases, overnight shipping is used, so you should also expect an irregular schedule when it comes to work hours.
None of these are inherently bad things, but it’s important to understand the demands of this career before you head online to the UPS careers page and apply. The process is simple, allowing you to create a profile and search for jobs online. Since the company is so large and widespread, there are other options besides being a driver.
While You Wait for the Call
The most important thing you can do while you wait for a call from the company is network and promote yourself online.
It may seem excessive, but today’s job market requires you to be as well-known as possible within the company or online. Here are a few ways to make yourself known:
1. Social Networking
Most people think of social networking as things like Facebook and Twitter but these are only scratching the surface of how social media can be used to promote yourself. Ever heard of a website called LinkedIn? This is a social media platform for professionals.
You don’t need to wait until you apply, in fact, you can create a profile today and reach out to some UPS employees to connect with them.
2. Polish up that resume!
Whether you’ve worked ten jobs or none, everyone needs a resume. This is a paper sheet that defines you as a worker and as a potential employee. Most people think that these types of documents are only reserved to those with experience but anyone can have one.
Take for example the extracurricular work you did in school, or the volunteering you did to help feed the homeless. Anything and everything that involves helping people or providing a service is something you can put on a resume. So don’t hesitate, put one together and have it ready.
3. Attend Job Fairs
Companies like UPS will constantly attend conferences and job fairs where they are on the lookout for potential employees. Having a LinkedIn profile will allow you to keep up to date on these and that resume will come in handy when you go to visit them at the event.
All of these things fit together for the purpose of making you stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re interested in a driver position, a sales position, or even something in the corporate portion of the company, these types of networking will help you elevate your UPS application to one of greatness.
Thanks as always for reading and remember to apply to multiple jobs to better your chances. The site is constantly being updated with new delivery jobs and articles in other categories.
Find the career that’s best for you and visit me here to find the most information possible on the subject. Thanks for reading and as always I wish you the best of luck in your career and your future. Go forth and apply!