Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a professional mover? If you’re interested in becoming a Mover or Driver, you can learn about available mover jobs at Mesa below. Professional moving is a fast-paced and rewarding career that may be perfect for you.
What does a mover do exactly, and what do you need to become a mover? We’ll cover all of that in this article.
Professional Moving 101
Professional moving is a mentally and physically challenging career that allows for growth and development. Don’t worry: You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or a gym rat to be a professional mover. A lot of people are surprised to discover there is much more to professional moving than meets the untrained eye. The following are just a few things professional movers can master on the job.
- Becoming certified as a United Van Lines Mover
- Developing strong communication skills
- Protecting a home
- Packing to perfection
- Labeling of boxes
- Taking household goods inventory
- Securing and protecting large items like couches or refrigerators
- Organizing the unloaded boxes
- Becoming excellent problem solvers
Household Goods Driver 101
Household Goods driver training begins with practice and obtaining a commercial driver’s license. Every excellent Household Goods Driver must achieve success as a Certified Driver and Mover, at which point they can step into the role of mentor and supervisor on the job site. Along with the safe and careful handling of household goods, a professional driver will master the art of:
- Safely performing a pre-move truck checklist
- Setting an example for the crew
- Perfecting the customer experience
- Loading and stacking the van
- Checking off the inventory list
- Unloading the van
- Performing a post-move truck checklist
- Taking pride in the condition of your truck
You have to be 18 or older and have a driver’s license to start working as a mover for Mesa. High school diplomas and GEDs are accepted and encouraged when applying for your new role.
If you want to drive a moving van, consider getting your commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Once you’re hired, you can expect anywhere from a few days to a week of on-the-job professional mover training.
As a new mover, you might hear the crew refer to you as a “lumper.” A lumper is one of the first positions you would fill. You might be handling all the boxes, folding moving pads, and running boxes back and forth to the company truck. This is your true introduction into the professional moving world. When you become more comfortable carrying heavy loads and feel more connected and in tune with the crew, you will advance as a mover in no time.
As you grow in your career as a mover, you may become a #2 on a crew. This position has more responsibility than a lumper. When on the moving truck, a #2 is a skilled and valued team member. You might lead the packing of a truck or coordinate the moving process with the rest of the team.
Salary and Compensation
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for a mover was $30,000 as of May 2020. Movers can also receive tips for excellent work, which can be a nice boon to their salary.
Imagine yourself a year from now, working in a crew of amazing movers, with a skill that will always be needed and the financial stability to finally get ahead in your life.
With jobs expected to grow seven percent in the next ten years, becoming a professional mover has great potential for a lasting career.
We all know being a mover is not a desk job. This section will help you figure out whether you have what it takes.
Strength and Confidence
Being physically active is an absolute must when working as a mover. In your personal life, you might enjoy doing physical tasks that require stamina, like weight training or biking long distances. You value your strength and feel confident you have what it takes to move heavy furniture multiple times a day.
If you can visualize the ideal way to fill the back of a moving truck or pack a box of dishes carefully, you probably have spatial awareness skills for your new moving career.
You will learn new skills every day and eventually find your flow in the career. As you spend more time in the field, the long days will become more manageable, and your ability to determine the most efficient ways to lift, carry, and load heavy items will increase.
Attention to Safety
Safety is vital to keep a crew running smoothly and clients happy in the moving business. You will learn the proper ways to carry heavy items and pack delicate dishes. Because you are handling precious cargo, every part of the moving process—from packing clothes in boxes to placing delicate family heirlooms carefully in the truck—is essential to treat with care and attention. Over time, you will master the skills of packing, and you will feel amazing about your decision to become a professional mover.
Mesa Mover Jobs
When you take a mover job, as a Driver or Mover, you become part of a cohesive unit and a team. When you work for Mesa Moving and Storage, we help you with the training, certification, and licensing (if necessary) you need to start your professional moving career today.
Mesa Moving and Storage has been moving residential and commercial customers since 1981, so we are experts at the ins and outs of the business. When it comes to getting you the tools you need to start pursuing a career in moving, we make the process of crossing the Ts and dotting those Is easy.
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