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How do I land a job without experience even if I have a license?
Hello I am new and just joined this site after looking all over the web for answers. Long story short I did a forklift training course in my local town passed the written test and the actual forklift test on a order picker and reach. I thought the license would instantly enable me
To land a job driving forklifts. WRONG. No one wants to hire me without previous experience of 6 months and up. Please someone help me and tell me if there's any advice they can offer or companies they know that might not require much experience.
  • Posted 17 Apr 2016 10:15 PM
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Kenneth - Unfortunately, no matter where my travels take me, this is a challenge for all. A safety ticket is a must in Canada as well, but you also must have the experience. Employers are all to aware of the dangers involved and the liability that goes with this industry. Skill training is expensive, but if you can find one in your area then this would be the way to go. I might want to check though as to what level they will train to. Example, I do skill training up to and including competition level. Good luck and welcome to a fun and rewarding industry.
  • Posted 23 Apr 2016 02:18 AM
Keep looking. If you cannot find a job locally, widen your search. Even if you take a job for a short period of time. You then can apply locally with some experience.
  • Posted 23 Apr 2016 04:13 AM
  • BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, United Kingdom
All warehouse/yards etc require different skill levels. Depending on Lift height weight to be transported and high value goods for example. Keep looking, the companies that require experience operators normally have a valid reason.

  • Posted 18 May 2016 06:37 AM
here is more responsibility required by employers than just passing a test & performing lift truck functions in a class room setting. They also must be qualified to do the functions within there actual assigned work area. For example a lift that is used in an outside lumber yard will perform different function than one that works around loading dock. and totally different that a lift that is handling paper roll or carton clamps. Same with reach truck - some have 216" lift masts and some go as high as the moon or some work in freezers, double deep pallet handling (deep reach) big difference on what is required.

Here is a link that might shed some light on what employers are picky https://www dot osha dot gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=14019

eliminate the extra spaces before & after osha and replace dot with a.

Mainly look at the For Employers tab & the Training & Education tab.

Now with drivers license in States they just come in a Cracker Jack box and it shows. In the great state of Georgia - all you have to do is pass a written test, parallel park (which not too many people really do) and get someone to say they gave a young person XX # of hours of behind the wheel training (like a parent or qualified trainer - meaning ya' gotta pay)
  • Posted 29 Jun 2016 01:49 AM
  • • Modified 29 Jun 2016 01:58 AM by poster
Start with a much smaller company, in a very small warehouse. They tend not to be as safe as larger corporations. Ya, keep laughin'. Bigger the company, the larger the liability., and large businesses are quite particular who they hire, and what standards they abide by. However, when it comes to training, they are not always as diligent as they pretend to be. I know. I TRY to deal with them, and try to show them the proper way, to no avail.

Start small. You may have to perform other tasks rather than just forklift operation. At least you are employed, get to use a forklift some of the time, build up confidence and experience, and then you can go apply for full time forklift operator work at the larger companies. Its only for 6 months.

Constantly Lifting The Standard!
  • Posted 19 Jul 2016 01:28 AM
I am receiving a lot of calls of late from other individuals like yourself. Like others that have commented earlier, my advise it to get some time behind the wheel. Start with a smaller company and then work your way to the "ideal" place of employment. Good Luck!


  • Posted 25 Apr 2017 11:46 PM
Probably a little late on this discussion but many companies hire from Temp Services. You can get warehouse and forklift experience by starting at a Temp Service. In our area some of the best jobs with high pay are hired permanently through a Temp Service. Remember that most companies aren't looking for the fastest operator but are looking at Safety minded Efficient Reliable Workers with a Good Attitude.

We are "there" for our customers.
  • Posted 27 Jun 2017 11:16 PM
  • • Modified 27 Jun 2017 11:22 PM by poster
Hey brother I understand your troubles. You need to keep applying for jobs and never give up. Um, applying for a job is pretty self explanatory but if you are still having trouble check out this guide I found online.
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Hey I'm Slick Rick and I'm a Deek!
  • Posted 6 Feb 2018 04:02 PM
Yes you need to just continue to keep trying and to never give up. This is the most important factor in landing a forklift driver job. You'll eventually get one brother. Forklifts are a great way to make income and I'm glad to see others taking this route. I wish you the best of luck brother.


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  • Posted 6 Feb 2018 04:05 PM
Here is a great guide on forklift jobs.

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Hey I'm Slick Rick and I'm a Deek!
  • Posted 6 May 2018 02:40 PM
Hello! Don't worry, keep applying for job, try considering different options. For example, I'm a civil engineer and my specialisation is rope acces, but I work in SVAYA (Serbian company, [url removed] if you're interested) and I'm probably going to work in Ukraine. And a couple of years I was in the same situation as you, didn't know what to do. But it worked out well, just keep looking and expand the list of possible jobs.
  • Posted 21 May 2019 11:07 PM
Do like everyone else does, lie about it. I have people here I would not let drive a wheel barrow, much less a forklift, but my hands are tied. Yep they say they are the greatest lift truck drivers that have ever lived according to their application.
  • Posted 22 May 2019 08:19 PM
Too bad your not in the Detroit, Michigan USA area. The big companies here hire drivers who think the forklifts are bumper cars. Dangerous for them but great for my parts sales.

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success
  • Posted 31 May 2019 04:23 AM
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