In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series we talked about how warehouse work is currently in high demand, and often has a higher hourly wage thanks to that demand. Additionally, we discussed some of the trends happening in warehouses today across the country. In this final part of the series, we’ll look at warehouse job opportunities with Shiftgig, what you can expect from these roles, and some of the qualifications needed. You might be surprised to find you’re already qualified for one or more of these roles.
Here are a few of the jobs that we’re typically hiring for at Shiftgig locations, and a general idea of their functions:
Warehouse picker/packers have a number of responsibilities that are typically standardized across the warehouse and manufacturing industry. Here are a few of the common duties for pickers and packers:
- Preparing containers or boxes for shipments
- Ensuring the containers are in good shape, and that they fit the products that are being shipped
- Pulling items for orders and preparing shipments
- Often retrieving a large amount of goods, which requires using a large container to load in the goods for each order
Picker/Packers are some of the most common roles within warehouses, and don’t require a lot of background knowledge of the industry, or previous experience. At Shiftgig, we typically have a lot of these positions available within our markets, that cover a number of shifts both day and night. Whether you’re a night owl or an early riser, warehouse work is 24/7 so you can find a shift that suits you.
Another common warehouse and manufacturing role, warehouse sorters are typically entry level, and require only a high school diploma or GED. However, there are a few physical requirements needed for this role such as being capable of bending, pulling, pushing, and moving a large quantity of boxes. You also have to be equipped to handle being on your feet for a number of hours.
Here are a few other traits that you might already have that would benefit you in the role of a warehouse sorter:
- Organization: often people who are organized are better at this role and managing the often challenging situations that may face them.
- Quality control: your role is to determine if the picker/packer chose the correct items to be shipped to the consumer. You must be accurate, pay attention to detail, and handle your workflow effectively.
- Fast learner: in this role you’ll need to think on your feet, and think quickly. You’ll have to move items to the packing areas, ensure they’re damage free, and perhaps even label items according to instructions and standards.
There can be a lot of moving parts to being a warehouse sorter, but if you have some or all of these traits, it might be a good fit for you.
An inventory control clerk typically uses a computer to maintain records of materials in the warehouse versus those shipping out, and then those that will be needed for future orders. In inventory control, workers count items, record their entry (typically into a computer), and then unpack items onto their shelves at the warehouse, and ensure they’re easily accessible.
Additionally, inventory control specialists are often responsible for noting discrepancies within the inventory. This means noting any differences between the items on the shelves, and the records on the computer (or manual) system. Typically, when these differences are discovered, the control clerk will notify the warehouse manager and work together to resolve any potential issues.
This role is great for people who like counting, math, organization, and managing consumer need and demand. While it may not be as physically demanding as some of the other warehouse roles, it’s equally if not more important to the success of a warehouse team’s output.
This concludes our “Why Warehouse” series. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to sign up today to be a Shiftgig Specialist, and start learning how to work in a warehouse near you.