UPS aims to hire 50,000 workers in annual Brown Friday drive

By Sean Galea-Pace
UPS has confirmed it aims to employ around 50,000 seasonal workers on Friday, October 30 in its annual one-day UPS Brown Friday hiring day...

The organisation will hire thousands of candidates immediately and the effort is part of UPS’ wider drive to hire over 100,000 seasonal workers to aid its annual holiday shipping rush.

“UPS Brown Friday has become an annual tradition,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Charlene Thomas. “For tens of thousands of Americans, it’s an opportunity to land one of the country’s best seasonal jobs, with the potential to turn into a career. Many of those who attend one of our job fairs this Friday will be hired by Monday, and many of those hired will be offered permanent jobs when the holidays are over.”

The majority of this year’s hiring events will be virtual. Applicants will check into a virtual lobby before taking part in online interviews with UPS Human Resources representatives.

Some company locations will hold in-person events, where allowed by local health authorities. Those events will strictly adhere to safety restrictions, which includes requiring masks and social distancing, with applicants waiting outside the building before being called in for an interview. All in-person hiring events will include a virtual option.

During the past three years, approximately 35% of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, with about 123,000 UPS workers beginning seasonal positions.

Those who are unable to attend a hiring fair can still easily apply online at UPSjobs.com. Videos featuring employees describing their work experience at UPS are also available at that UPS jobs website.

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