I figured I could help some other n00bs with their questions regarding season positions at UPS. You know, the blind leading the blind. Hiring: I saw a sign on the street corner advertising jobs at my local hub so I went online and applied which was a very simple process. I liked that UPS actually told me the hours I would work and rate of pay, no mysteries, no wasting time. A few days later on went on a tour of the hub and completed an in person interview on the following day. The interview was nothing, less than five minutes, basically asked all the same questions as the online interview. I was called the next day for information regarding a background check. One week later I was offered a position. It was that simple. Two weeks from start to finish. Oh yeah, if you show up for your first day without required photo ID you will be not be hired. It happened to two people in my group of 12. Training I'm currently in the middle of a five day training class. Topics include hazmat, safety, proper lifting procedures and loading/unloading methods, etc. On the fourth day of training we are supposed to learn our regular position (load/unload) and be paired up with our hip to hip. Random Thoughts After touring the facility again last night it's obvious that most people don't following the training. Boxes were flying, tires were rolling around aisles, loaders were wading through boxes, unloaders were struggling with collapsed walls. I should note that two of my fellow n00bs are going to be part time supervisors, their eyes were bugging at the site of the real world. We've been told that if we show up on time, work as instructed, and don't call in we will be offered permanent spot come January. Both the trainer and HR reps made the same statement. I'm not sure if this a good or bad thing. Do that many people really wash out? More to come...if survive.