How to Become a Courier Driver

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Couriers are responsible for delivering important packages and information to businesses. These professionals work in a variety of environments including government agencies, hospitals and private companies. They also handle important legal and financial documents that can't be trusted with traditional delivery options. But to become a courier, it's important to meet the minimum requirements and locate job openings in your community. Here's a guide to becoming a courier driver.

  • Make sure you meet the minimum requirements. Most companies require couriers to be 18 or older with a high school diploma. Companies may also require that individuals own their own vehicle and have a clean driving and criminal record.

  • Determine what type of courier you would like to become. For example, couriers who work in urban settings often spend the day on bikes, while couriers working in suburban areas will be driving a vehicle.

  • Update your resume to highlight skills relevant to being a courier. For example, you should express your in-depth knowledge of the metropolitan area, which allows you to quickly deliver packages. Also, highlight your work history performing jobs that required attention to detail and handling confidential information. Check out sample Courier resumes at Job Bank USA.

  • Apply to courier positions. To find these positions, check out job boards such as Monster and Hot Jobs (see Resources). You can also check with hospitals in your area that use couriers to transport documents and medical equipment.

  • Seek opportunities for advancement. After gaining a few years of experience, couriers can become dispatchers or independent contactors running their own courier business.

Tips & Warnings

  • Understand the salary range. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Couriers earn $17,430-$34,510 annually. Understanding the pay scale can assist in negotiating a better compensation package. Always remember to counter the first offer an employer presents.
  • Interview with a few companies before accepting a position. Some companies will provide a vehicle while others require that you use your own vehicle. Interviewing with a few companies will allow you to evaluate which options are most cost-effective and suited for your situation.

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