How to Find Newspaper Delivery Jobs

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You don't need a background in journalism to find a job in the newspaper industry. Newspaper delivery is a key service, and those who can perform it reliably can enjoy great rewards and career advancement. These jobs are also often very flexible, and they can be performed by people who have other full-time jobs, are students or have other commitments.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Work resume
  • Telephone
  • Professional attire
  • Driver's license
  • Reliable vehicle
  • Get a valid driver's license for the area in which you plan to live and work. Most newspaper delivery jobs require that deliveries be made by car or truck.

  • Get a driver's liability insurance policy that is valid in the area where you live and work.

  • Search for newspaper delivery jobs in your area on some of the larger job search websites. Links to three job search sites frequently used by newspapers to find delivery drivers can be found in the Resources section. This is usually the fastest way to find a few available newspaper delivery jobs in your area, though it is not the only way to find these opportunities.

  • Check the employment classified ads printed in various newspapers that are circulated in your area. Publications seeking delivery workers are likely to advertise here because it costs them very little to do so.

  • Make a list of all the newspapers in your area. You may already know of some or most of them, but to be thorough, use an online directory of newspapers categorized by region. A link to one such directory can be found in the Resources section.

  • Visit the website of every newspaper on the list you made. Explore each site for a career or jobs section to look for any openings for delivery drivers. If a site has no posted openings or no job section, or if a newspaper doesn't have a website, find the phone number for that paper online. Call the newspaper and ask to be transferred to the department in charge of hiring delivery drivers; depending on the company, this may be the human resources department or the circulation department. Maintain a professional and courteous tone, be prepared with your resume information and be ready to write down any details you learn.

  • Create a comprehensive list of all the job opportunities you found in Steps 3, 4 and 6. Determine whether any of the opportunities do not meet your needs and eliminate them from the list.

  • Apply for every remaining opportunity on the list. Wherever possible, apply online using web-based application systems. If the details of a job opportunity do not include instructions on how to apply, call the human resources department of that newspaper to find out what you need to do.

  • Respond promptly and professionally to any phone or e-mail responses to your applications. If you are called in for an interview, dress in professional attire and be ready to explain why you would make a great newspaper delivery person.

Tips & Warnings

  • In many cases, newspaper delivery drivers are hired as independent contractors rather than as full-time employees. Independent contractors typically do not collect any benefits such as insurance. They are also not covered by many laws designed to protect employees, such as those that require workers compensation plans and advance warning prior to being laid off. In some cases, payroll taxes are not deducted from payments to independent contractors, and as a result, tax returns and payments can be more costly and complicated for delivery drivers.

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