During the last quarter of the year: October, November, December; Amazon goes out and hires many people to keep up with the projected orders that they expect during the holiday season. Many people will be hired for the plethora of warehouses that dot the US with the Retail Giant’s Logo not knowing what to expect. I’ll try to get you prepared for what you need to survive (Yes, survive) your first month with these tips.
TIP: Wear comfortable shoes. I don’t mean clogs (those are frowned upon) I mean sneakers, tennis shoes, or whatever they are called in your region. You will more than likely (98%) be placed as a picker. That means getting the item someone ordered and sending it down the line. That ALSO means that you will be walking. Like, a lot. I’m not kidding. Your feet will be killing you by the end of the first shift, and that is on your first day. Comfortable shoes that can handle a lot of walking is a must!
TIP: Hydrate! Just like you’d drink plenty of water when you exercise, you will need to drink plenty of water working a shift. You are more than welcome to bring your own water bottle, and there should be plenty of places where you can refill it if you just ask. Drinking some heavy electrolyte beverage at lunch won’t go wrong, but water is a must! You will be doing a lot of walking, as I said before, so drink plenty of water. That being said, leads me to my next tip.
TIP: Know where ALL the restrooms are. If you are not used to drinking plenty of water, as most Americans aren’t, your body will want to expel it. So before you have an embarrassing accident (as I did, I don’t want to talk about it), you’re going to want to know where all the restrooms are. Don’t be afraid to ask, because believe me EVERYONE knows the feeling of needing to go and going to one on the other side of the building when there was one, not 10 feet from where you were originally and not knowing about it. It took me four months before finding out there were 2 restrooms tucked away in the corners of the building.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re new; they KNOW you’re new. You’ll be bombarded with information, and not everything will sink in at first. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. ‘Why does it say this?’ ‘How do I work this?’ ‘Why is this thing beeping at me?’ Believe me when I say you are not the first to ask a certain question, and you won’t be the last.
TIP: Streeeetch! At the beginning of the shift and right after lunch there is a short meeting with the daily goals, during this time you are instructed to stretch and you should. You’ll be doing something that is physically demanding. Just like you wouldn’t do a marathon in stiletto heels, you shouldn’t skip the stretches.
Hopefully, I didn’t scare you off, but once you get used to the work, it’s not that bad. The benefits they offer are pretty sweet.