what are the odds

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by babsjean, May 26, 2008.

  1. babsjean

    babsjean New Member

    I'm a 50 year old, 96lb 5' woman. I'm very fit and athletic.
    I went on the tour last week. I'd like to try my hand at the midnight shift loading and unloading.

    What are my chances of getting hired. Will my size and age be held against me?
  2. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    What's the worst that can happen? You cannot do the job and you move on to something else. You will never know unless you try and if you show up everyday on time and do your best, UPS will show you favor from the beginning. Go for it, but don't give up until you give it a fair chance. You will be sore and tired for a while, but you will get used to it. Good Luck!!!
  3. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Same thing I told my wife, it doesn't hurt to give it a shot.
    "a shot in the dark is better than no shot at all"
  4. Tony31yrs

    Tony31yrs New Member

    If you aren't in top physical condition, like everyone else that starts at UPS, you'll lose about 20 lbs in the first 2 months. That would leave you at about 75 lbs! Try it, you have nothing to lose, but I retired at 50 and couldn't wait to get out.
  5. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    As an aside, we had a retired Army Colonel well into his 60's start on the preload while I
    was there, he wasn't in the best shape, he wasn't the fastest, but he stuck around.
    His stories were great, and had funny opinions on everything, from duct tape to democrats. I think he took the job cause he was bored being retired
  6. dannyboy

    dannyboy From the promised LAND

    There is an old saying. Its not the size of the dog, its the size of the heart/fight in the dog.

    Just the fact that you want to give it a shot speaks volumes about your character and desire.

    Give me a person that wants to do the job, and I will show you a person that can do the job. Very few exceptions.

    That being said, it is a very hard job at best. You will hurt places you dont even know you had.

  7. babsjean

    babsjean New Member

    Thanks everybody

    I'm waiting for the call back. I'll let you all know how I do. :happy2:
  8. bellesotico

    bellesotico BOXstar

    I know I'm late replying..but if I may throw my two cents in. First of all your age and size cannot legally be considered in the hiring process :) Second of all..no matter what your level of fitness it will take some time for your body to acclimate to the job. Best thing is to work at a safe pace no matter how much the sups piss and moan at you..and make sure you hydrate properly. OH..and lots of rest. You will be battered and bruised for awhile..but you'll toughen up.
  9. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Let's see - the new 40 is 30, the new 50 is 40
    You should be fine based on your physical description
    And your age and gender cannot be held against you, based on the EEOC. Good luck
  10. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    They will probably put you in DATA AQUISITION or make you SPA
  11. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    I'm curious what law states this? Seriously which one.
  12. Bad Gas!

    Bad Gas! Active Member

    Keep your back straight and lift with your legs.I have a young girl (about135LBs) who loads my truck with a smile...Anything over 70lb you are allowed to get help.A decent sup will get you help with 60lb if it's really bulky..Good luck and you can do it..
  13. bellesotico

    bellesotico BOXstar

    The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967


    SEC. 623. [Section 4]

    (a) It shall be unlawful for an employer-

    (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or
    otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to his
    compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of
    such individual's age;


    There is no law on size. My apologies. When I made my comment I was actually referring to age discrimination.

  14. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Sorry I mis read your post.. I thought it said "cannot be considered for hiring..
    I need to read slower..
  15. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    A good HR rep will size you up and match you to the best job they have available.

    I had a driver that was around 95 lbs and 5 foot and she beat the pants off the other drivers in her loop!. Why? Because she used the methods.

    You need to ask yourself if you can lift packages weighing less than 70 lb.

    The average package weighs 19 to 22 lbs. In a part time position at UPS you will be expected to unload 1200 an hour or load around 400 an hour and in that 3 hours you get a 10 minute break!

    Unload - one 20 lb package every 3 seconds or load one 20 lb package every 9 seconds.

    Can you do that??? It has nothing to do with age. Do you have the stamina to do this??
  16. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    And you will soon be lifting 100 pound packages because they wont seem to be that heavy after awhile.
  17. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    One of my best loaders was a woman than stood 4'11" and could not have weighed more than 90lbs soaking wet.
    Size and age mean nothing, unless one does not have that internal fortitude to get the job done.
    I truly wish you the best.
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    One of the best loaders in our bldg is a female who is about 5' tall and may weigh 110 lbs if that. (To be fair, she did need help when answering the male/female question on her application and will sometimes choose the wrong restroom on break). One of our worst loaders is a 6'3" 240 lb male former HS football star who should not be let anywhere near a pkg car.
    Last edited: May 30, 2008