What is this career about?
There are several different types of delivery drivers. Some are long haul tractor
trailer drivers, others are courier drivers, and still others deliver for restaurants. This is a job that consists of bringing a product from point A to point B, and although that sounds quite simple, the job is never that easy. It is also a job that deals with customer service. If people do not receive what they are expecting when they are expecting it, issues may arise for your employer, and that in turn can lead to a poor job performance on your end. This is a complex career underneath the simple exterior.
In addition to the driving, most delivery jobs involve the packing and unpacking of trucks, processing receipts, and entering delivery data into the computer in real time so that customers and companies can track their packages.
It’s an exciting field, and if you are interested in travel, it could be the right career path for you.
What growth is likely?
There are already over 1.2 million delivery driver jobs existing in the United States. And while computers are having a large push on the growth within this industry, they are also making it far more efficient. Things like route programming, logistics, shipping information, and so on, are all made easier through the use of technology. Not only has this helped the industry to stay in demand, it has created new positions within the bigger companies like UPS and FedEx as they need to hire technology and programming experts to help them stay as competitive as possible.
Entry level driving positions tend to start out around $13 or $14 per hour. This position tends to start out a lot higher for starting roles in companies because of the amount of responsibility that this entails. Full time roles for established companies also have benefits like 401(k) retirement savings, medical and life insurance, as well as other benefits, depending upon the company.
Growth within a larger company is likely, although many individuals find that they prefer driving to management positions. Still, having a manager that knows the industry from all sides, and having experience is a great trait that upper management looks for. This leads to a good deal of internal growth within companies as drivers and packers have potential to not only make more money, but also to take on more responsibility.
Certain parts of this sector are expected to lose the amount of positions that they hold. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of postal jobs in the U.S. to decline by 28 percent by the year 2024. This is within the postal service, though, and not the courier industry which is expected to grow by 4 percent over the same timeframe. Although this rate is slower than the average career, it is still growth, which is a positive thing.
How to succeed?
This can be a demanding job and it carries a lot of responsibility with it because of the amount of driving that is involved. Being a safe driver is an absolute must here, and the longer that you can prove that you are a safe and responsible driver, the more likely you are to be rewarded in this career path.
In addition to safety and reliability, remember that this job requires most employees to spend a lot of time on their own. In situations like this, many people find the temptation to not be continuously working too much, and end up getting in trouble because of that. Having a good work ethic, a higher than average level of maturity, and a good sense of time management are all key ingredients for successful delivery drivers.
However, you look at it though, the first step to success is with your job application. Many companies require you to fill out applications online. This goes for all of the major companies, although local or smaller companies may also allow you to fill out paper applications in person. It’s usually best to check online first before you stop into a location and ask. Job postings can typically be found on the website of the company you wish to apply for, usually down at the bottom of the page under the “Careers” tab. Fill out the application accurately and completely, and then if you haven’t heard anything after a week, it is acceptable to call or stop by in person to check on your application status. Just be sure to be polite and professional when you do so.
Who should apply?
Responsible adults with clean driving records are in high demand for this industry. You should be at least 18 years old if you are looking for a job with a courier service, even for part time positions. You should be able to not only take instructions well, but you should be able to fulfill your job duties with little to no direct supervision. This is a job that has a lot of autonomy built into it, and being independent, yet hard working when no one is specifically looking over your shoulder is a must have trait for prospective employees.
Do note that applicants may be required to take a driving test with some companies. This is just a safety precaution as the delivery vehicles used are usually much bigger than the average sized car. Having a commercial driver’s license can be helpful, but not all positions will require this. Pretty much all of these jobs require a high school diploma or a GED in addition to these other requirements.
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