Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to contact UPS about working with them after I transition?
It’s never too early to start researching career options and military benefits while you’re still a service member. The length of the hiring process will vary by the job you are seeking, but UPS recommends starting your search about six to nine months before ending your military career.
Start by exploring the resources on this site, and preparing career search resources like your resume and cover letter. If you’re considering a move, this is the time to determine the location where you’d like to find your new career.
Remember, UPS vacancies are location-specific and change regularly, so be sure to search for jobs often when you’re ready to begin.
What training opportunities does UPS offer for transitioning service members?
At UPS, we pride ourselves on making high-quality training available to advance the personal and professional growth of all our employees, including those in part-time positions like package delivery drivers. Training opportunities and programs will vary based on the job you are seeking and your personal career goals. One training opportunity that has recently become available is the UPS Registered Apprenticeship program.
The UPS Registered Apprenticeship program provides transitioning service members the opportunity to earn a great wage while completing a career training program. The 48-month program offers U.S. veterans and reservists a full-time position while they work to further their career at UPS through advanced training. Opportunities are available across the country, and even more Registered Apprenticeship positions will be added soon!
How does UPS’ “promote from within” culture help support career development for transitioning military members?
At UPS, we give all employees an equal opportunity to advance, and we look to promote from within. No matter your background or beliefs, the values you demonstrated through your military service put you in a position for career growth at UPS. And our sense of teamwork means you will find great opportunities to step up, help out and receive additional compensation outside of your starting position.
What benefits does UPS offer U.S. veteran employees?
We know veterans returning to civilian life and working for a civilian employer are searching for the kind of stability they received in the military. So we’re proud to offer veterans joining us a comprehensive benefits package that will help them transition smoothly. Because our employees stop at nothing to exceed the expectations of our customers, UPS stops at nothing to give our staffers the benefits they need to lead balanced, healthy lives.
I am currently serving as a member of the Reserve. Will I still be considered for a career at UPS?
UPS understands that hiring a Guard or Reserve member makes good business sense. We know you are a disciplined and skilled worker who displays pride, leadership, responsibility and professionalism in whatever you do. You would be a welcome addition to our team, and we guarantee UPS management will support you as you continue to serve our country.
What opportunities does UPS have for student veterans?
When you’re a part-time employee at UPS, you are eligible to apply for up to $5,250 in educational assistance per calendar year. That money, plus the pay you earn while working at UPS, can contribute in a significant way to your college education—even after any GI Bill benefits you may receive.
And part-time positions at UPS are great opportunities for students! You can pick the shift that works best with your class schedule and position yourself for further advancement with UPS once you obtain your degree.
How does my military career relate to a career at UPS?
UPS wants people with integrity, adaptability, leadership ability and a can-do attitude. All of those traits and more are attributes you possess that were strengthened through your military experience. Teamwork, accountability, efficiency and diversity are values that both the military and UPS seek out in recruits.
You can use the UPS Military Skills Translator tool to learn more about which UPS jobs are directly related to the skills you demonstrated in your military service. Or, learn more about the most-needed UPS positions.
What job areas are best suited for my military experience?
Your experience makes you a great candidate for a wide range of positions, and your military service demonstrates you are a dedicated team player who knows how to solve problems. Any position at UPS would benefit from your work ethic!
How do I articulate my military experience for UPS on my resume?
First impressions are everything, and one of the biggest challenges transitioning military members face is how to convey the depth and breadth of their training to a civilian hiring manager. You can find help with this online through sites like resumeengine.org that feature skills translators.
How do I speak to my military experience in the interview with UPS?
Many of the skills, certifications and experiences you received in your military career are highly valued in the civilian world. Talk about the specific skills you developed in your military job, whether they are in technology, logistics or personnel management, and speak about them in general terms. Discuss attributes such as leadership, teamwork and working with diverse groups of people. Present yourself as a problem-solver and provide good examples.
Are opportunities for military spouses available at UPS?
Service members’ families are integral to the career of any military member. They have provided energy, support and care so that a service member can focus solely on their job.
A spouse whose loved one has deployed has had to bear the burden of keeping the family together and the household functioning. All of these experiences and pressures develop qualities such as strength, discipline and the ability to manage several tasks at once. These are qualities UPS highly values in our employees.
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