Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: With the explosion of online shopping and the shipping of goods all over the place, there is a never-ending need for people working in warehouses. Jobs, shifts and flexibility are abundant.

Amava Take: Let’s say you aren’t quite ready to give up your income, but you’re also not looking to sign up for something stressful or that requires a lot of training. A really easy way to pick up a solid paycheck and maybe even a signing bonus is to look into some shift work at a warehouse. Chances are you’ll have a cohort of people from different walks of life and you might be surprised what you’ll learn about e-commerce. Plus, some warehouse jobs include benefits and free products.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Able-bodied people who are capable of following directions and working efficiently.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Get to know your manager and be willing to step up and you might find yourself in a supervisory role pretty quickly.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Regular shifts.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Knowing that people will receive things that they ordered and paid for.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Repetitive tasks can be enervating at times.

What’s something you recommend not ordering online?

Liquid soap! If the plastic bottle breaks, it’s just a mess.

Special Requirements: You need to be at least a high school graduate (or GED) for a basic entry level position.

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Finding a Position: You can search specific companies in your area or go through job boards that have multiple listings, at least to learn about pay and benefits. Companies like Amazon have so many warehouse jobs that they have hiring events which can include on-the-spot offers. Many large companies have warehouse positions open.