How to Get a Full-Time Job at UPS

Many people ask how to get a full-time job at UPS because it’s well-known that this company hires seasonal employees for full-time and part-time work during the holidays. The following information will contain some of the most common questions to help you get hired permanently as a full-time employee.

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How hard is it to get a job at UPS?

It depends on which job you are applying for. If you’re going after a part-time package handler position, it should be fairly easy to submit your application online and eventually get hired.

During the holidays, these package handlers are a crucial part of the organization’s success. This is why they’re looking for people who are willing to work and if you can show you’re motivated and can get along with others, you should have no problem being considered for an open position.

If you are going after a package delivery driver job, that’s a different story. Usually, you’ll have to start in a UPS warehouse job such as a package handler and work your way up to the driver position.

Some UPS package delivery drivers have said it has taken them 10 years to get hired full-time as a driver while others say it only took anywhere between nine months to three years. This indicates that it all depends on your location and the operational necessity of your warehouse.

All-in-all, it’s not difficult to get a warehouse job at UPS, where you will be making more money to start than just about any retail store job such as Target and Walmart.

The most important thing to remember, no matter which job you’re applying for, is to:

  • Make sure you ask questions during the hiring process
  • Begin your job by having realistic expectations
  • If possible, ask other UPS workers for information in regards to how long it takes to get promoted to certain positions

What is the easiest job at UPS?

If you’re asking about the easiest entry-level jobs at UPS, there are none. In a UPS warehouse, you may be a package handler sorting light packages for an hour and thinking the job is easy, then loading heavier packages onto conveyor belts during the next hour thinking, “Wow, what did I get myself into?”

Even if you are a personal vehicle delivery driver, you are using your vehicle to deliver lighter packages on a non-stop basis. So, even though it’s not as physically demanding as a warehouse position, there is still plenty of physical work and stress during your shift.

UPS does not offer any entry-level jobs where you can show up to work, sit behind a desk and have plenty of downtime during your work shift. On the contrary, you will constantly be in motion and be productive throughout your shift.

What is the highest-paying job at UPS?

Excluding corporate and management positions where many salaries are well over $100,000 a year and sometimes over $200,000, here are the top 5 highest-paying warehouse-related and driver positions at UPS (yearly average salaries/hourly wages):

  1. Owner operator driver – $137,567 
  2. Package delivery driver – $89,324
  3. Personal vehicle delivery driver (seasonal job) – $21.75/hour
  4. Overnight package handler – $18.50/hour
  5. Warehouse worker – $17.85/hour

See the average salaries and hourly wages for UPS jobs here.

How do I apply for a UPS job?

You can visit the official careers site and begin navigating your way around the website to find out as much information about the company as possible. Once you are ready to apply, search for jobs in your area, read the job descriptions, and submit your online application after you complete your free registration.

How long does the UPS application take?

The online application shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Make sure you have all your personal information ready, such as your social security number, previous employment history, and personal references.

Why does my UPS application say incomplete?

Sometimes, when you are applying online and you’ve filled out everything you’ve been asked, the online application will tell you the application is incomplete, or the page will be on a continuous loop preventing you from continuing.

In these cases, it’s usually because the position you’ve applied for has been filled by someone else. At this point, you can either contact the warehouse you’ve applied to in person or via phone, or you may want to wait and check every day by logging into your profile and continuing your application once a job becomes available.

Why does my UPS application say inactive?

Inactive status on the UPS application means the position you applied for has been filled for the time being. It also means you will still be considered once there is another position open, and your status may change to “active.”

When “inactive status occurs, it’s best to contact UPS and inquire about your application. Remember, they need to hire good personnel and it’s in their best interest to try their best to retain your interest in a job with their company.

How long does it take to hear back from UPS?

After you apply online, the average time it takes to get a callback to set up an interview and continue the hiring process is between 3 days to 2 weeks.

Be ready after UPS calls you; chances are, your application will move quickly and it will include a background check and possibly a drug test. Here’s more information about the UPS hiring process.

How long is a seasonal job at UPS?

The length of time when it comes to UPS seasonal jobs slightly varies but is approximately 3 months during the holiday season every year.

Depending on the location, in some areas, you can expect to work from the beginning of October through the 2nd or 3rd week of January. In other locations, you can expect to start in November and end your employment during the last week of December or the start of January.

Does UPS keep seasonal workers?

Ups has been known to keep approximately 25% to 35% of its seasonal workers after they have proven themselves worthy during their seasonal employment. This is great news for people who are ready to commit to working hard and being dependable.

UPS likes to hire workers they can count on and ones that are ready and motivated to get the job done!

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