In the UK, haulage companies have recently been suffering a loss of drivers, and many are now working towards mass recruitment. By encouraging more young people to get into trucking, the industry will continue to be able to expand and prosper. If you’re thinking about getting into a career in delivery work, here are some helpful tips that will help you get started on the road to success. |
1. Know Your End Goal
An important aspect of career planning is to decide what it is you’d actually like to get out of the job. If you have a clear end goal in mind, chances are you’ll find it easier to filter your searches when you start applying to a number of haulage companies. For example, some young people revel in the idea of being able to see the world, whereas others tend to prefer living at home when they first start work. Some consider a large income an important factor, whereas others may prefer jobs with a gradually increasing salary. Whichever preference applies to you, being aware of your goal is sure to help you find the haulier jobs best suited to your needs.
2. Be Realistic
The truth hurts sometimes, and the truth is this: it’s very unlikely you’ll secure your dream job as soon as you start looking. Some get lucky, but more often than not it’ll take two or three jobs before you find one that you’ll happily stay in for the rest of your life.
The tip is to think about it this way: your first job (or two) in the transport sector is your chance to learn all the basic skills, and will provide you with enough experience to secure your dream job a few years down the line. One you’ve built up a reputation as a safe, competent and efficient driver, other haulage companies will be fighting over you!
3. Know the Secret to Success
Experienced truckers say that the real secret to success when working in the transport sector is to have a positive mind-set. It’s no surprise that trucking is quite often more of a mental challenge than a physical one, so being able to control your emotions and remain mentally stable is vital. Listening to music or podcasts is one of the many ways in which truckers can enjoy their time on the roads – even when stuck in traffic.
If you’re looking for a job in delivery work, make sure to keep these tips in mind before you settle. Luckily, due to the driver shortage, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding work if you’re competent and reliable. Once you start your new job, just make sure you maintain a positive attitude, efficiently learn the ropes and you’ll soon be on your way to finding that dream career – if, of course, you haven’t found it already! Author Plate
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage companies or self-employed drivers with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.
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