How to Get a Job at a Warehouse
Working at a warehouse can be a great option for those looking for steady work with opportunity for growth. In fact, the warehouse sector was likely one of the only industries whose employees didn’t experience mass layoffs during the pandemic; if anything, warehouse workers were busier while handling the surge of e-commerce that led to increased inventory and shipping needs.
Besides its reliability, another benefit of working at a warehouse is the flexibility in experience that managers will be looking for. As with any other job, some managers will be looking for candidates with more extensive experience, but several positions/businesses will be seeking entry level workers as well. Another point to consider is how many warehouses there are in your city or state. Whether it’s for a big-name brand like Amazon or a small business, the sheer number of warehouses means there’s opportunities galore. Now that you understand some of the benefits of working in the warehouse sector, you may be wondering “How do I get a job at a warehouse?” We’ll explore that below.
Know what skills you need Knowing what skills an employer is looking for when seeking a job at a warehouse is key. Besides some of the general skills hiring managers want from a candidate – like reliability – the desired skills will rely heavily on what position you want to work. Common positions at a warehouse include general laborer, forklift operator, shipping/receiving specialist, or material handler – just to name a few. We suggest doing research about the position you’re applying for that way you understand what will be expected of you.
Look the part Some people may wait until they have the job to get the necessary uniforms pieces, but having them in advance means you can get started in a new job as soon as you’re hired. Typically at a warehouse the uniform is more casual, often requiring work pants, a shirt or sweatshirt and one key item: work boots. When working in a warehouse or other labor position, it’s key to have the right work shoes. Pay close attention to what shoes your manager asks you to wear so you can be safe while on a shift.
Start job hunting Now that you know what’s required of you and have the right uniform pieces, it’s time to get out there and start job hunting. Besides using traditional job searching options like Indeed, consider finding a staffing firm that allows you to work a variety of warehouse positions with different clients. For example, when working with Eclipse, employees can experience different warehouses and positions to see what works for them. This can help you shape your career goals for the future.
Working at a warehouse can provide a stable career, competitive pay, and the opportunity to grow in your position. If you’re looking for flexible warehouse work, contact Eclipse to learn more about our open positions.