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How To Find Forklift Jobs With No Experience

A Step by Step Guide

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice

How To Find Forklift Jobs With No Experience


Getting a job as a forklift operator with no experience can be difficult, but don't give up - learn what you can do to boost your chances of success.

It's a classic catch-22 situation: you need experience to get a job, and a job to get experience.

This can feel disheartening but remember, you're not alone. Finding a FLT driver job with little or no experience isn't impossible - you just need the determination and tenacity to uncover the right opportunities.

First and foremost, you need to ensure you have any relevant Forklift licences / certificates before you venture out there and start applying for possible roles, and for the purpose of this guide we will assume that you have already taken these steps.

One thing that may or may not be obvious before you start your search, is that you must also understand that the higher your desired salary, the harder and tougher it may prove to be for you to be accepted for a position. Having a slightly more flexible approach to salary expectations as a new forklift operator, may help you find it a little easier to secure that first position.

With consumers having increasingly turned to online shopping like never before due to the events presented by the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention the heightened requirements of logistical processes and man power to accommodate the mass movement and storage of certain goods such as PPE, vaccines, and supermarket resources, warehouse operations and their staff have proved once again that they are an essential component of the British economy in order to keep the country running. Forklift operators play a key part in the essential function.

Within multiple sectors across the economy from ports and airports, construction sites, to warehouses and factories, forklift operator jobs can readily be found, but just how do you get successfully get one of these jobs if you don't have any experience? Read on to learn how:

How Important Is It To Have Experience?

Unfortunately, it goes without saying that some forklift driving jobs will require more experience than others, and some warehouse operations may have strict policies on hiring an experienced FLT driver over a newly qualified one.

So, the higher paid roles are more likely to go to these more experienced operators, but it important to remember that even they had to start somewhere!

Where To Look For A Forklift Operator Jobs That Don’t Need Experience

One way quick and easy way to begin the search for a forklift operator job is by making use of the many large online job boards available such as indeed and TotalJobs. These platforms allow you to upload a CV so that employers and recruiters alike can also find you to offer potential roles you may be interested in. A vast number of employers and recruitment agencies utilise these online jobs board facilities to post their job ads ad to headhunt potential candidates.

When you start applying for roles, you may find yourself asking yourself several questions in your decision to apply for specific roles or not, such as “Will I be able to do this role?”, “Am I a good fit for the position?”, “How many applicants are applying for this position?”

Don’t procrastinate over these questions too much, they can be a killer to your job-hunting success, instead loosely answer them if possible, then if you are successful in being asked to an interview, they can form part of your interview questions preparation.

When using jobs boards for searching for jobs, here are some valuable additional tips:

  • Submit your application immediately for promising roles – many applicants fail to take action immediately to ads, or miss the opportunity to make contact with the recruiter as soon as possible if contact details are provided. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.

  • Never respond to every ad that interests you – instead be selective, it’s up to you how you want to do that. You could arrange them by how much they offer, by category, or by duration of the job if some of the roles are for example temporary/contract positions.

  • Avoid ads that attract applicants by using sugar-coated job descriptions. If you see ad saying, you can earn unbelievable figures in one month, or that don’t describe the job description at all – a blind job ad, then its probably too good to be true or worse still some form of scam (yes unfortunately they do exist). A good job ad describes the job requirements, responsibilities, and background of the company in detail.

Recruitment Agencies The Best Option?

When it comes to finding yourself work as a newly qualified forklift operator without experience, utilising the help of a recruitment agency with a dedicated warehouse recruitment department, such as Diverse Employment, is one of the most popular options.

Our dedicated warehouse recruitment department works closely with logistics and warehouse firms to supply forklift drivers to a wide variety of clients up and down the country. We’ve made it super easy to sign-up with us with easy-to-follow online registration forms and have specific consultants, with years of experience recruiting in the logistics sector, that will help guide you through the whole employment process.

Not only can we assist you in CV writing, and interview tips, but our consultants have strong networks of connections with hiring managers throughout the industry, increasing your chances of find a forklift driver job without the experience many are looking for you to initially have.

Of course you can go it alone and search and apply for roles yourself utilising, online facilities, but that’s a much longer and time consuming process for you, than having one dedicated resource to turn to. Plus a consultant can also often know just what to say to a warehouse hiring manager to encourage them to give you a chance despite you possessing no experience – which of course can’t be achieved with simple online CV’s and applications.

Networking in an industry

Select an industry sector you’re interested in pursuing your search for a forklift driver role in, such as ports, and then start expanding your network connections within it.

Reach out to your friends for contacts, contact people you knew from school and college, and make good use of sites like LinkedIn. Be clear about what type of position you’re looking for and ask for advice in achieving the outcome you’re looking for.

Consider Temping

Temping is a great way to gain that all valuable experience in the duties of a forklift operator. It gives you a flavour of what a particular industry sector is like, and also gives you the opportunity to “get your foot in the door” at several companies.

More often than not, employer’s will offer a full-time position within their company for good temps, once they’ve had the time to assess the candidate’s skills and suitability within the role. We often have temp forklift driver roles here at Diverse Employment, so this is a great place to start your job search.

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