Question from UPS hopeful...

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by mach, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. mach

    mach New Member

    I've been interested in beginning a career with UPS for quite some time. And as I've read here that it is very difficult to transfer from one center to another, my question is this: would I have a better chance at a driving job (I realize such a thing would be several years away; just wondering if things could be sped up a little) ultimately by staying where I am (only a medium-sized town), or by moving to a large city?
  2. hungrydude5

    hungrydude5 Member

    Our center is smallish, which means only 45 drivers that work every day, 5 reg temps, 1 shuttle. So when someone retires, the whole lineup moves QUICK. You'll be loading trailers for 5 years straight, qualified as a reg temp though because they don't need you, then one day you'll get a call "hey, you're on shuttle" or "hey, you're going out with *whoever your on road sup is* to learn a few stops". You'll be surprised. Seniority rules at UPS. Getting a full time position will take some time. A lot of insiders bypass reg temp bids and when they gain 8+ years inside they'll sign for the full time bid.
  3. MonavieLeaker

    MonavieLeaker Bringin Teh_Lulz

    Yes....Centers are smaller so that means less people working there per se......And transfers are hard to do
  4. sortaisle

    sortaisle Livin the cardboard dream

    I would say yes. I used to work at the Portland building and the driving list there was maybe 6 years long, and as I heard as short as 4 years at one point. I transfered to Spokane and the waiting list was more along the lines of 8 years.
  5. mach

    mach New Member

    Wow, thanks for the quick responses. The only bad part now is finding an additional job to support myself for the time being. What would be a good second job while part-timing with UPS?
  6. sortaisle

    sortaisle Livin the cardboard dream

    I delivered chinese food.
  7. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    i was gonna say pizza delivery but yea something along those lines pretty flexible
  8. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    summer time, lawn service...winter, snow removal
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Try to find yourself a job that pays you in cash, off the books or "under the table", and is willing to work around your UPS schedule. Lawn care, construction, or any of the service sector jobs would best fill the bill. I actually delivered car parts while I was a casual driver and stocked shelves at a grocery store while waiting to go FT.
  10. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    UPS 's larger centers & hubs go thru people at a very fast pace. Sure one might spend a couple of years as a p/t , but their is always the chance of being one of those hired directly to driving. I know of a couple of drivers who spend their weekends doing other jobs; furniture moving, landscaping, plumbers, home repair construction , bartending , software geeks, etc.
    All of these jobs are paid in cash.

    But also keep in mind that moving to a larger city , your living expenses can become too expensive
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  11. mach

    mach New Member

    Exactly, and really that's my main hang-up; I'm not really sure how I'd support myself if I picked-up and moved.
  12. sortaisle

    sortaisle Livin the cardboard dream

    I find that my living expenses are more tolerable inner city. I've lived outside of Spokane for the last 3 years and it was much cheaper when we lived within city lines.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  13. Jigawatts

    Jigawatts Member

    mach, I believe it isn't so much the size of your city/town, but the growth rate. Where I live it takes at least 10-12 years to become a driver. Put the same building in a community with rapid growth rate, and you're looking at half the time or better.
  14. New Englander

    New Englander New Member

    Painting works well.
  15. New Englander

    New Englander New Member

    Not always growth either. Driver age/tenure is as much bigger factor.