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Day in the Life of a Driver Helper at UPS

You there, you’ve arrived on the turf of the deliverers. The most storied profession of all time.

Jesus might have delivered salvation back in the day, but did he ever deliver a mass-produced dog leash? NO!

Amazon wasn’t around then. The Bezos bloodline was still tending to goats or something like that.

Okay, let’s get into the details here. You want the rundown on being a driver helper and I can help you.

Is it worth it? Will you ascend humanity as an address all-knowing version of Neo? (you’re probably a teenager and don’t even know what I’m talking about).

But .. that’s okay.

Everything’s okay here. The name of the game is slangin’ cardboard and if you can do that you can do anything!

Is being a drivers helper a good way to get my foot in the door?

Technically no, I’m going to be straight with you. It’s not a good way to get your foot in the door because everything at UPS is seniority based. It is however a great way to see if you could see yourself becoming a driver. You’ll see how they operate, ask them questions, and get to know how their life is going. Here’s a hint, it’s probably going pretty well for them.

We’re paid a fair wage in this profession and although the work/life balance is mediocre – everyone is compensated for that properly.

So, what’s the best way to get your foot in the door if you just want to drive? Jump in the hub and work as a part-timer. Or inform the center manager that that’s your plan all along. Once you’re done with the season he or she might hook you up.

How Do I become a drivers helper?

Hit up jobs-ups.com, that’s the official site for UPS jobs.

Once you’re there just enter your zip code and the furthest area you’re willing to drive to and start the application process.

HR has gotten a bit more finnicky recently at UPS but you should get confirmation emails and eventually work your way through the system till you’re out on the road dropping boxes like it’s nobody’s business.

What gear do I need to make it through the day?

Let me break it down friend. You’re going to need to hydrate yourself. It’s a relatively easy gig as far as they go at UPS.

But, you’ll still find yourself getting a decent workout. This position tends to attract younger able-bodied individuals and sometimes if you’re anything like me there is a prevailing thought. “I can wing it”.

That can backfire. So bring some water.

Also, I recommend you get some proper footwear. The number one thing you’re going to contend with while trying to be fast is the potential of injury. So keep safe, walk at a brisk pace and have shoes that are made to grip instead of smoother soles.

While we’re on the safety subject, grab a reflective vest. Most centers for UPS will supply the helpers with their own reflective safety vest. But if yours doesn’t, you can always go and find one on Amazon. They’re about 20 bucks the last time I checked. And if you’re staying out in the dark you will definitely appreciate the peace of mind.

So with all of that said we’ve covered the majority of the driver’s helper life. I made a video version of this post that you can check out on my youtube channel here. If you have any questions just drop them there and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by – Conor

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