Companies are feeling the crunch of supply chain issues, labor shortages and high consumer demand this holiday season.
It’s stressful for company officials — but it’s great news if you’re looking for a seasonal job.
UPS is looking to hire 60,000 seasonal workers this week during a nationwide hiring event called Brown Friday, taking place Nov. 4-6.
Jobseekers can attend either a virtual information session or an in-person event in select cities.
According to the company’s website, Brown Friday is targeted at hiring seasonal workers for these roles:
- Package handlers and warehouse workers
- Personal vehicle drivers
- Delivery drivers
- Tractor trailer drivers
- Driver helpers
The positions are entry-level, though driving-related jobs have additional requirements.
All of these roles can be physically demanding, so you must be able to lift, carry and/or slide between 35 and 75 pounds.
The pay for seasonal positions varies depending on where you work and your shift. We took a quick peek at open roles across the country, and found that most warehouse worker positions usually pay between $15 and $25 an hour.
Seasonal employees can also participate in UPS’s Earn and Learn program, which, according to the company, can result in up to $1,300 toward college expenses for just three months of work.
If your seasonal gig turns into a permanent job — even a part-time one — you’ll be eligible for health care and retirement benefits, too.
Seasonal jobs always have the potential to turn into full-time positions, and UPS is known for a strong culture of internal promotion.
“Over the last three years, about one-third of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position,” according to the company’s website.
The delivery giant’s mass recruitment drive is part of a broader effort, announced last month, to hire 100,000 seasonal workers to support its yearly holiday shipping rush.
How to Land a Job at the UPS Virtual Job Fair
Brown Friday will mostly take place online, with 19 virtual information session slots available during the three-day hiring blitz.
The information sessions are all the same, so you only need to sign up for one.
You can register for a virtual hiring event here.
After you register, you’ll receive an email with a Zoom link to access the session.
Events last one hour. Available times range from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The virtual job fair is aimed at helping potential applicants learn more about the company. A Q&A is scheduled to answer common questions like when work will begin and how long seasonal jobs typically last.
The webinar is also slated to explain the application process in detail.
Here are some other key things to know:
- Certain positions may get a job offer in 30 minutes or less.
- Many positions won’t require an interview but driving positions do require a brief phone interview.
- Seasonal jobs can last until Jan. 15, depending on need.
- Pay varies by position and location.
- Warehouse workers and driver helper positions can select their start date after successfully completing an online application.
UPS is also hosting more than 400 virtual hiring fairs in specific cities across the country — from Atlanta, Georgia to Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can find a list of location-specific information sessions on the UPS events page.
Too busy to make it to a Brown Friday event? You can always apply for seasonal jobs any time at www.jobs-ups.com.
Rachel Christian is a senior writer for Codetic.