Seasonal package handler - should I apply now or wait til after PEAK?

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  1. fourcloverriffle

    fourcloverriffle New Member


    I have another contract-type office job on the line that pays me about 12/hr. However, I want to work for UPS as a package handler so I can take advantage of the educational assistance.

    Should I wait until after Christmas season (late Jan - Feb) to apply to a permanent position?

    I have read the FAQs and even tho you guys say that it's "more common" for handler to turn into something permanent because of high-turnover, it is still not a guarantee and I don't want to blow my chance with the other contract job.

    What do you guys think??? BTW the hub I want to work for is in Doraville GA (I live 5 mins away from that hub, literally!!)
  2. burrheadd

    burrheadd Creepy pervert

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  3. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    There is a huge turnover rate for part-time. Drivers, not so much.
  4. fourcloverriffle

    fourcloverriffle New Member

    Does UPS have hiring activity in January or February? Yes I am only interested in part-time handler position because I have school in the morning and what not..

    Thanks in advance.
  5. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Depends on where you are. January and February tend to be a little slow in the hiring department. Getting seasonal work as a package handler will get your foot in the door to become permanent, unless you are a total washout.
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Educational assistance is NOT available until you become a permanent hire and ONLY if it is offered in your hub/center.
  7. fourcloverriffle

    fourcloverriffle New Member

    Thanks Joe,

    I live in GA, and the hub is in Doraville GA (off spaghetti junction -- locals will know exactly what I'm talking about.)

    Well, the reason I have to choose between working seasonal for UPS or working that contract job is because of the 2k I'd need for school in the Spring. If I cannot convert the seasonal job into a permanent part-time then I am screwed.
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Student loans?
  9. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    I can't tell you what to do. UPS has been good to me and I to them. Chances are you would be asked to be permanent but it is no guarantee. If you know anybody that works in that hub ask them. I'm just a broken down old driver from Ohio.
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  10. fourcloverriffle

    fourcloverriffle New Member

    I am fairly conservative about money, so.. no. :) I have been debt free so far.

    Do you know/or know of a way to find out if the hub I am looking at have the educational assistance benefit?? It is a fairly large one.
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Ask the HR person at that location.
  12. Number24

    Number24 #24

    After peak
  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

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  14. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Find someplace else that offers tuition assistance. Google it
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  15. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    I was hired in early February PT so it is possible. I would try seasonal if in your shoes though.
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  16. fourcloverriffle

    fourcloverriffle New Member

    I'm kind of in favor of this as well. Thanks!!

    I'm sure it's very easy to get a job anywhere I want. :sad:

    Thanks for the info, I hope I can pull off the same thing like you coming next year.
  17. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Take the contract job. UPS hires PT year round.
  18. Geovanni

    Geovanni New Member

    I had a question sorry i couldnt find how to make a new thread but i applied to be a package handler on monday and went to the appointment/interview on monday. But i want to apply for the airport on air ramp postion they have since i remeber the hr person saying they needed people desperately. Should i apply and go to another appointment or??
  19. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Think about why they are desperate to fill airport slots. The job must suck more then working in the hub for the same money or less and less hours and working outdoors on an airfield. The best part of working at the airport is less paid hours working outside in minus 20 temps this winter.
  20. Geovanni

    Geovanni New Member

    True but a job is a job .