Skills Sets for the Warehouse Worker

Behind the shelves of your favorite retail location (and behind the UPS driver bringing you your Amazon delivery) is a whole world of warehouse workers. Without the warehouses full of merchandise and supplies, there would be nothing prepped and ready for your favorite driver to deliver.

If you are looking for good, reliable work, a warehouse might be the place for you! Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.

Little Higher Training Required

A college degree isn’t necessary for warehouse workers. Typically, all that is required is a high school diploma or GED. However, if you want to move up the ladder into a management or logistics role, an associate’s degree — especially in logistics — doesn’t hurt. Some specific positions within the warehouse do require special training and certification, such as forklift operating. However, most warehouse training happens on the job.

Working in a warehouse is perfect for the detail-oriented, hands-on person who likes to stay active on the job.

Typical tasks and responsibilities include

  • Tagging and labeling merchandise
  • Sorting merchandise according to size and type
  • Processing requests and preparing orders for fulfillment
  • Scheduling and tracking shipments — both incoming and outgoing
  • Delivering product and merchandise
  • Managing inventory by entering and recording data
  • Recording and managing damaged product
  • Maintaining equipment and delivery vehicles
  • Operating merchandise management machinery, such as a forklift
  • Promoting tidy shipping supply areas and workflow
  • Keeping your work environment safe and clean

 Typical skill sets include –

  • Organization Skills: In a warehouse, you may find yourself planning or scheduling deliveries and shipments of products and merchandise, which takes some organized coordination! Organizational skills are super handy when sorting and labeling inventory, too.
  • Documentation Skills: Tracking and monitoring inventory is a significant part of warehouse work. You must correctly document what is coming in, what is going out, and what is missing. It includes recording merchandise that has been damaged. Missing information can be costly, so documenting accurate information is critical and requires attention to detail.
  • Computer Literacy: The data entry we mentioned above? It’s entered into advanced logistical computer software. Managing databases, procuring supplies, shipment scheduling, personnel management, producing barcodes –it’s all digital.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Even the most introverted souls can’t escape the fact that working with other people is the nature of many jobs — including in a warehouse. You’ll need to communicate effectively and with a team-focused mindset as you facilitate and participate in the workflow from day to day.
  • Flexibility: Job responsibilities and shifts often vary. When coworkers schedule time – off (or the pandemic reduces the number of workers per/ shift and area, you may have to change roles, learn new jobs, etc.
  • Time-management: From arriving on time to working efficiently, warehouses run on schedules. Order must be filled and shipped in a timely fashion.
  • Physical strength and stamina: While some might not call this a skill, it is essential. Warehouse positions often require lifting heavy boxes, and standing for long periods.

Working in a warehouse is an excellent opportunity for motivated, growth-oriented workers who want a stable, reliable income. If this sounds like a fit for your skills, ambitions, and attitude, contact the team at Hamilton Connections, where matching people and positions is what we do best.