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Make someone’s day, every day, by ensuring that the packages and small shipments they need are picked up, transported, and safely and efficiently seen through to their final destination.
You’ll typically need a high school diploma or equivalent (some jobs require less), a local driver’s license and clean driving record, and a month or less of on-the-job training.
Frequent customer interactions mean making a good impression and strong customer-service skills are a must. You’ll be behind the wheel regularly, so excellent driving skills and an ability to keep your cool despite heavy traffic and less considerate drivers are important. You’ll also need to pass a vision test to be issued a state driver’s license.
After two years, chances are you’ll be an expert about the products you offer or deliver. Your company may also teach you more advanced sales and delivery techniques, such as how to approach new customers.
After five years, you might be asked to help new drivers learn routes or how to handle certain types of packages. You can expect to have more complex and challenging routes which less experienced coworkers may not yet be able to handle.
With experience comes additional opportunities. This might include a supervisory position, or you might choose to pursue a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to take on a new role as a heavy truck or long-haul driver.