Every year throughout the United States, UPS hires massive numbers of seasonal employees during the winter holidays. If you’re comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and would like some extra cash during the holidays, you might want to work as a seasonal employee of UPS. Working as a seasonal employee for UPS also gives you the opportunity to grow closer to your hometown community and form close bonds.
In 1907, UPS began as a messenger service in Seattle, Washington. It is now the largest package delivery service in the world and operates in 220 countries. As demand for deliveries grows during the holiday seasons, UPS hires many seasonal employees throughout the country. The exact number of seasonal hires differs from location to location, but over 1,000 people can be hired in a single city.
Types of Jobs
UPS hires for several different seasonal positions including driver helpers, package handlers, and even drivers. You can be employed by UPS within your own community or at your hometown airport.
Driver helpers and package handlers typically work from Monday through Friday, three to four hours a day. Your job as a driver helper or package handler would be to make deliveries with the same driver everyday. This gives you the opportunity to establish a relationship with your driver and gain knowledge of UPS as a company. The driver will give you a location and time to meet everyday so the two of you can make deliveries together.
Drivers are the so-called face of UPS. As a driver, you will safely pick up and deliver packages while operating a vehicle. Drivers also work Monday through Friday and work approximately four hours a day.
You must be able to carry, lower, and slide packages that weigh from 25 to 70 pounds for any of these three positions. Customer service skills are also paramount to UPS, as the company prides itself on its impeccable service.
However, if you would like to be a driver, you must have passed a DOT physical exam and be able to operate a standard transmission vehicle. You may also need a commercial drivers license or Department of Transportation certifications. It is also common for drivers to be at least 21 years old.
You can view the specific qualifications within each job description in the UPS job search.
Pay and Benefits
Pay depends on the area in which you are working, but will most likely range from $10 to $18 an hour. Package handlers might also get weekly bonuses in addition to their hourly salary.
UPS offers many benefits such as medical, vision, dental, life insurance, discount stock purchasing plans, and spending accounts after working with them for twelve months. They also offer a program called TAP, which assists their employees with their college tuition. Additionally, UPS offers another program called Earn & Learn, which allows part-time employees to receive money towards their college education.
You can search for open seasonal positions on the UPS website here. Applying for a job is easy – all you have to do is find an open position in your local area and click on it. After finding an applicable position, click “apply now.” If you do not already have an upsjobs.com account, you will have to make one.
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