With a tight economy and an even tighter job market, many people look to shipping companies like UPS, USPS, and FedEx for a good, high paying entry level job. It's true, too: these companies provide great benefits, good opportunity for advancement, and a positive working culture for somebody who is willing to work hard.
This article is aimed at strategies you can use to get a job at FedEx, though these tactics will apply almost equally well to any of the other shipping companies.
- Check the website. This is FedEx's specialized job search page. You can paste your resume and enter your location, and it will output a list of jobs available in your area. The key to using this tactic is to check frequently; FedEx will often update the job postings and not notify anybody. Very often, a job posting will go unnoticed for a long time, so the earlier you get an application in, the higher your chances of getting a job with FedEx. I recommend checking every day at a set time (postings are usually updated after 4:30 pm EST) if you have the time to do so.
- Get to know people within the organization: I know it sounds silly, but have you considered getting to know your FedEx delivery guy? It doesn't have to be the delivery guy, though; it could be anyone at FedEx. Current workers will always be the first to know about job openings; even better, they will know about job openings before they are officially open. FedEx is a company with high turnover, and if you can have an application in on the first day of a job opening your chances of getting the job are greatly increased.
- Consider your other skills: Do you have computer skills? Secretarial skills? Do you know how to keep books? Have you managed any stores or restaurants? FedEx doesn't only hire package handlers and delivery drivers, they're a full-fledged corporation that hires thousands of people with every imaginable skill set. Even better, people don't often consider FedEx when seeking these types of jobs -- so by using these tactics, if you can put an application in at the right time, you'll have a good chance of getting a FedEx job.
Remember, half of the battle is diligence, and the other half is timing.