As promised, this blog will be digging deep into the ins and outs of a Multi Drop Driving career. If you read our last blog ‘The role of an HGV Driver’ and you’re still unsure as to what career you want to take in the Driving industry, then read on: As the term ‘multi’ suggests, a Multi Drop Van Driver delivers to more than one place per day. The driver can complete around 30 drops per day. The Responsibilities of a Multi Drop Driver Be aware of and plan in advance all routes To check loading items before setting off To carry out daily maintenance checks to avoid any delays on the routes Load and unload goods safely Ensure the vehicle is returned in good condition To adhere to all Driving and Logistics legislation Dealing with customers Ensure all customers receive their deliveries The Requirements of a Multi Drop Driver Similar to an HGV driver, there are not many requirements needed to become a Multi Drop Driver, however, there are a couple, so take a look… Full UK driving license Physically fit to be able to lift the goods you are transporting on and off the vehicle Good geographical knowledge Skills Needed to be a Multi Drop Driver You’ll need an array of skills to become a marvellous Multi Drop Driver, and here they are: Good customer service skills Ability to work on your own and as part of a team A keen eye for detail Good spoken and written English Good interpersonal skills Ability to be flexible with working hours Typical Interview Questions If you’re reading this and thinking “yes, this sounds like a career I would enjoy” and you are wanting to schedule an interview as soon as possible, please read the typical interview questions we have put together that could come up: How do you define great customer service? Do you have a clean driving record? Have you been in a car accident? How comfortable are you driving within a … the radius of this area? What would you do if you got lost whilst driving for us? How would you stay focused whilst driving for long periods of time? How comfortable are you driving in unfamiliar areas? How would you describe your sense of direction? Why are you interested in this position? Why do you want to be a Multi Drop Driver? How do you manage your time at work? How flexible is your schedule? Multi Drop Driver Interview Tips Have a copy of your CV with you so you can refer back to your skills and experiences Research the company you are interviewing for – this will show you care about the company as a whole and not just their jobs Ensure you greet everyone with a smile and a firm handshake Dress in smart/casual attire. Even though you are not expected to wear a suit on the job, making an effort for the first time you meet them will be appreciated. If you’ve now made up your mind about what path to take in the Driving industry, see what job vacancies we have available for drivers. Alternatively, fill the form given below and we will be in touch soon. Form ID:5353
There are a lot of false impressions about HGV driver training. So we thought we’d address some of the main myths and finally put them to rest. Take a look at these 4 most popular myths and we will set the story straight for you... Myth #1: It’s difficult to get on a training course You don’t actually need any specific qualifications to train to be an HGV driver other than to be over 18, hold a UK driving license and be eager to learn from the right trainers. There are many different training providers who will accommodate you; you just need to find the one that’s right for you. Myth #2: The medical test is scary The law states that all HGV drivers are required to be in a suitable state of health in order to control their vehicles on public roads. That is why every new driver must go through a medical exam and has to be re-examined every time their license needs to be renewed. Honestly, this is not as daunting as it may sound. There is no training or preparation that needs to take place prior. It is just a simple check-up that will give you and the DVLA the necessary reassurance that you are fit to drive without being a hazard to other road users. Myth #3: It’s a sexist field to be in While female HGV drivers are undeniably the minority in the industry, there are more and more women taking up a career behind the wheel. Of course, the small number of women drivers means that sometimes people find themselves double-taking every now and again but, in society in general, people are now far more accepting of women being behind the wheel of an HGV. Myth #4: There are next to no jobs at the end of the training This myth couldn’t be any further from the truth! Haulage companies are bending over backward and digging deep into their pockets to attract new drivers… As the economy continues to grow, there are more than enough driving jobs to go around and that is available for people working locally and nationally too. Some European nationals who are living and working in the UK are choosing to return to their original country after 2016’s Brexit vote. This means that there are even more vacancies for qualified drivers. Another reason that there are lots of HGV jobs is the rise in online shopping calls for more delivery drivers and their lorries! Enjoyed this blog? You might like: The Role of an HGV Driver The Daily Struggles of an HGV Driver How to be a Healthy HGV Driver The Top 6 HGV Driver Interview Questions 5 Top Tips for Your First Day as HGV Driver If you’re looking to become an HGV Driver, take a look at what jobs we could offer you. Alternatively, fill the form given below and we will match you with the perfect job. Form ID:5353
With a small amount of training and practice, the majority of people can drive a car; however, it takes a special kind of person to be able to drive an HGV. These people are more than just point A-B drivers. Think you’ve got what it takes to make it as an HGV driver? Check out these top tips on how you can be the best HGV driver: 1- Self-sufficient and the ability to work independently Having personal freedom is part of the attraction to HGV driving, especially long-distance driving. The chance to be alone for the majority of your day, being in complete control over your own driving and your vehicle is something some other workers envy. If you’re the type of person that needs flowing conversation and a busy workplace in order to get through the day, you may struggle with this kind of career. HGV drivers often spend long stretches of time driving alone and therefore must be able to handle being by themselves and having complete responsibility for the truck and the goods it transports. 2- Spatially aware If you are naturally in tune with the world around you, maneuvering an HGV in tight spaces will be no problem for you. Whether it be finding your way along narrow streets or anticipating hazards such as street furniture or pedestrians, it helps to be spatially aware. Most drivers soon get the hang of knowing what’s going on around their vehicle. 3- Technically literate You don’t need to be a mechanic, but when the unexpected happens, it helps to have a reasonable understanding of your vehicle. Even more importantly, these skills can help you recognise problems before they occur, so you can take tactical action and save the time of a lengthy delay while repairs take place. 4- Cool-headed If your blood pressure shoots to the sky every time another driver does something daft, a career on the road probably isn’t the best move for you. As well as not being good for your health, an HGV driver needs to be able to manage their anger. Expecting poor driving from others and giving them plenty of time and space, (especially learner, new and elderly drivers) has to be second nature. 5- Sense of responsibility An HGV driver should have a good sense of responsibility. If goods were to be damaged due to the way the driver was driving and that was clear to anyone then you should take responsibility as this would look better than blatantly lying to someone’s face (especially an employer). 6- Alertness An HGV driver must be alert at all times and able to be quick to respond to the road and driving conditions they are faced with. They must ensure they are well-rested and able to handle the task at hand. This is a huge potential hazard if not carried out due to the fact that if a driver is half asleep at the wheel then they can be causing danger to themselves and other road users. 7- Customer service skills HGV drivers must have excellent customer service skills when dealing with clients who are either shipping or receiving goods carried in the vehicle. You are the face of the company so, therefore, you have to be on top of your game. 8- Stamina As an HGV Driver, you should have good stamina for the loading and unloading of goods, some can be very heavy and therefore needs someone strong to be able to unload with no issues. Also, drivers need stamina for the long drives a trip involves, this means that they ideally should not have any back issues that could suddenly cause pain whilst driving and distract them. 9- Good time management Drivers should always ensure they’re consistently making all pick-ups and deliveries on-time. This is essential because if they are late or don’t show then it can reflect badly on the company you are working for and therefore result in losing business and money. Enjoyed this blog? You might like: The Role of an HGV Driver The Daily Struggles of an HGV Driver How to be a Healthy HGV Driver The Top 6 HGV Driver Interview Questions 5 Top Tips for Your First Day as HGV Driver If you’re looking to become an HGV Driver, take a look at what jobs we could offer you. Alternatively, fill the form given below and we will match you with the perfect job. Form ID:5353
There is a negative stigma around work experience that needs to be broken, and that’s what this blog is here to do. Let’s be honest, when we finish secondary education most of us just don’t know what we want to spend the rest of our working lives doing, do we? Not being completely sure on what you want to do as a career is one of the top reasons why work experience is so important and beneficial. Trying out different industries and job roles without going through the dreaded interview/hiring process sounds like a dream, right? Right! Doing work experience also helps you understand the expectations of an employer and how you conduct yourself in the workplace. If you do know what you want to do as a career (or are pretty sure you do) then work experience is a great way to really get a feel for the industry and the specific role before you completely jump into the world of work! Completing voluntary work experience will also show employers that you are actually interested and passionate about the chosen industry/role. This can boost your confidence and put you at the front of their minds when they are hiring, or they may even take you on! Work experience is everything it says on the tin – it gives you experience in the working world. Which is believed to be what most employers favour over grades. Charles Kilfoy, EdD and Vice President of Learner Success at North-eastern Universtity said: “Employers today expect recent college graduates to demonstrate the equivalent of two years’ worth of work experience in their domain before they’ll consider hiring them,” he reveals. “That’s why it’s important to build experiential opportunity right into our academic programs, so learners apply classroom skills to solve real-world problems for real workplace sponsors.” There can be 100+ candidates all going for the same job, but already having experience in the role (or just the working world in general) can set you aside from the competition. Resulting in you being more successful in finding your perfect job! Networking is also a huge part of why work experience is beneficial. Meeting and speaking with new people from all different industries can broaden your job prospects and open your mind to new job roles (and skills of your own) that you may not have known existed. My name is Ellie, and before I started as a Marketing Apprentice at Swanstaff Recruitment, I knew nothing about Marketing - but I did know that it was something that may suit my personality and meet my interests. So I completed voluntary work experience with the company. I enjoyed my time so much and it resulted with me being offered an interview for a full time role that also offered me the opportunity to gain a further qualification, so in my experience my work placement has been a catalyst for my career.