If you’ve decided that you want to pursue a job as a delivery driver, the next step is to send in your application. As we mentioned earlier, you want to fill out an online application if at all possible. It is easiest for you because it saves you the time of having to go pick up an application at the company you wish to work for, filling it out by hand, and then returning it. It also allows you to double check your work with more ease, keeping your application free of spelling errors and any other mistakes that you might have made. This helps you to look more professional, and thus improve your odds of getting hired.
An online application is also much easier for a hiring manager. Paperwork is burdensome for anyone, and if you are hiring a new employee, you are likely to have a lot of applications to sort through. Filling out an online application helps them to reduce the amount of physical paperwork that they have, and it helps speed up the organization process. This might be only a small edge for you, but it is more helpful than harmful for everyone involved. If at all possible, you should fill out an online application.
Filling out the Application
Now that you know what to do, the important part begins. Pick the company that you wish to apply to and go to their website. Typically, you will find the online application to the company down at the bottom of the homepage, usually under a link that says “Careers,” “Jobs,” or “Work with Us!” Click this link, and you will be taken to an area where you can either start searching through job opportunities or begin the application.
The application is the first impression that the hiring manager will get of you. Your application should look professional, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and it should be completely filled out. Be sure to include strong references who can vouch for your character and your responsibility. This is a career where you are often given a lot of independence, so you need to not just seem professional, but actually live out this trait. Some companies will look for professional references while others look for personal ones. Be ready to have both, depending on what is looked for.
It’s really important that you double check your work before you finalize everything and hit that submit button. Even the best writers in the world make mistakes, and even the most well-spoken individuals in the world sometimes leave out important information. Check everything over before you submit it so that the hiring manager who receives your information is seeing the best of you and not something that was haphazardly slapped together and rushed over. Again, this is a small advantage for you, but it could be the difference between getting an interview and getting a rejection notice.
Other Things to Know
The application is your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants. If you have all of the same old things that everyone has on their applications, you cannot do this. This doesn’t mean that you need to have a doctorate, or that you need to have twenty plus years of driving a truck under your belt, but you should do your best to stand out. If there are optional portions of the application, fill them out completely. If you have any background or accomplishments that help prove your responsibility, make sure that they are included even if they are not directly related to the job you are applying for. All of these little nuances can help you to shine as the top applicant.