Movers generally work for moving companies or subcontractors of large corporations, or may have their own businesses. Movers generally work on teams, and are usually required to drive in addition to moving goods. Employers often prefer applicants with prior experience in the moving industry, but may also be willing to train the right people.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position, and exceptional customer service and communication skills are important. Applicants should have clean Department of Motor Vehicle records and must pass background checks, which may include drug-screenings. Employers prefer applicants who are trustworthy, honest and dependable; movers must understand and adhere to verbal and written company policies and be able to follow all instructions closely, and should also work well on teams with other movers.
Movers must be able to load and unload heavy trailers and safely move, pack, and unpack others' belongings, and they also assist drivers with truck inspections and inventory of moving equipment. Movers working for big companies may be required to travel out of state. They must generally be flexible, as the position is not usually carried out during traditional business hours and often occurs on weekends. Movers may work either on a full-time or part-time basis.
Prepare materials, such as furniture, for safe transportation.
Utilize physical ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
Load and unload items from moving truck and help customers setup homes, offices or storage.