How to get a job driving at MEGA
Overseeing some of the hiring processes, as well as some of the in-processing and orientation, lends me a particularly unique perspective and understanding of what is needed to land a job, be it here at MEGA or anywhere in the industry. In short, I’ve seen it all, from the two-line resume to the disheveled, unkempt prospective sales analyst. Truth be told, these sort of ideas should be baseline for any prospective employee, although we’ve seen time and time again things like personal-marketing and even personal hygiene thrown out of the window. To be fair, this is not a particularly “clean” industry; we deal in trash, and the transportation of that trash thereafter. This fact is not lost on us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t change (at least in part) what it means to be a *professional* trash man. Ultimately, we aim to remove these stigmas surrounding the industry entirely, shedding some of the trite stereotypes of trash and trucking in a broad sense. We aim to keep our communities clean, while maintaining a clean and professional image ourselves. But I digress.
Today’s post is meant to serve as a requisite for employment as a driver here at MEGA. We have a fleet that ranges from non-cdl container carriers, to box trucks, to Class B rear and front loaders, to name a few. When stopping by our offices or calling to inquire, prospective employees need only to look here first to see what is expected and highly recommended to come correct. We will count down:
#5 – Appearance: Let’s start with the easy one already touched upon above. MEGA drivers and workers are a billboard for our company. They are our representation while on a route or at a client in the towns that we humbly serve. Not only do we need our workers to do their part, but we also need them to look the part. Much of our drivers’ safety gear and outerwear is provided of course, but a concept like this also starts with self-respect. Indeed our drivers take pride in themselves and what they do. Are we looking for a three-piece suit while on a route? Of course not. But tattered tee shirts won’t cut the mustard either. When I was in the service, I was introduced by one of my superiors to an abstract idea called “name on the mailbox.” The story is simple. You drive through your neighborhood every day. You see your neighbors’ last names on their mailbox out in front of their houses. Some of those homeowners keep their lawns and their frontage proper, and others have let their frontage take a turn for the worse. In short, represent your name (and our name) the way the way you’d want and expect to be represented. “Name on the truck” would directly translate to our operation. “MEGA” is blasted on the sides of each of our trucks. Represent that name and your own with respect and pride while in our employ.
#4 – Preparedness/Experience: Of course experience isn’t always necessary here at MEGA. In fact, more than most in our industry, we are willing to take prospective employees with the right character and train them from the ground-up. We take real pride in fostering a culture with an open door policy for those qualified candidates with limited experience. We understand that “everyone wants experience, yet no one wants to give the experience.” Well, we want to be the company that does. We want to take that willingness to learn and mold that into the ideal employee. That said, one of the biggest factors in the hiring process is preparedness for the job at hand, whether that pertains to the safety of the job or the operation of particular equipment. Some pieces of equipment are easier to operate than others, but a know-how and a background with multiple types of equipment will always go a long way. Simply put, although it’s not the be-all/end-all, ten years on a front-loader, automated side loader, etc. gets you a leg up on the competition as soon as you walk through the doors at MEGA.
#3 & #2 – Teamwork/Communication and Work Ethic: These two almost always go hand-in-hand. This is not a small operation. We have dozens and hundreds of moving parts and cogs on a given day. Your ability to assimilate with those other moving parts is key. This may come down to something as simple as constant contact with the dispatcher or operations manager, to something more complicated like reworking a route on the fly with a superior when things go haywire. It starts not only with that work ethic and eagerness or hunger to work, but also going about that work correctly. One can’t happen and shouldn’t happen without the other. Sure, you may communicate well, but if you are unwilling to work hard, you hurt the operation for obvious reasons. Sure, you may be a hard worker, but if you don’t communicate humbly with superiors, co-workers, and clients alike, you hurt the operation likewise. Often, this starts from a place of humility, which is a fancy way of saying don’t be arrogant. Working as a team is understanding that each of us has a job to do, and that sometimes, the job doesn’t go as perfectly as we’d like… and this is certainly true even more so in our industry. Problems occur, and we are tasked with troubleshooting. When trying to troubleshoot, we need a heavy measure of teamwork. Understand that all parties involved have the same goal as you.
#1 – RESUME/References: This one is almost too obvious in this day and age, yet we see it time and time again. I’m not talking about the simple act of bringing a piece of paper with work history on it. It goes a little deeper than that. Sure, I prefer having that piece of paper. It serves as a good baseline from which we make our initial decisions when hiring or making cuts. But beyond that, it allows the prospective employee to market themselves in a way they see fit, a chance to frame their work history and fine-tune it to what we may need here at MEGA. A resume gets you a cut above the average prospective candidate, and a tailored resume puts you a step above that. Bells and whistles not necessary: show us a relevant background and detailed job description. Give us quality references to corroborate your experiences. Give us references that will speak towards your work ethic. And here we come full circle… the resume goes hand in hand with appearance. It gives you a chance to portray yourself in a light that you choose. If you can’t outwardly show us why you should be considered, before you even walk in the door, you already behind the eight ball. A quality resume shows us that you’ve come prepared. It shows us an ability to communicate not only verbally but on paper as well. Do yourself a favor – get some solid ideas on a paper, explain why you want or need the job, show why your background gives you relevant experience and preparation for the job we have available, and choose some references that will back all of this up. Do that, and you’ve made yourself a decent resume to shop around. You’ve put yourself in the best possible position to land a driving job here at MEGA.