The world of logistics is an invisible industry for most people going about their daily lives. However, the activities of the shipping and freight services affect everyone. If something went wrong we would certainly notice. Shelves would empty, products would become unavailable, medical supplies would deplete. As a logistics clerk, your job is very important. You take responsibility for dispatching, tracking and documenting goods through various stages into and out of the business where you work. Logistics clerks do everything possible to ensure sure safe, timely delivery of the stock. You take charge of the general stock, making sure stock levels remain at the level needed. Ensuring resources are in place to complete orders. Think of yourself as the captain, in the centre of a giant spider web. Holding the strings as you mastermind each thread, ensuring it goes where it should when it should. If Mrs. Jones can’t get her turkey at Christmas, perhaps, you dropped the ball! You won’t though because you are the kind of person who anticipates demand, trends, and these details don’t pass you by.
Can you see yourself in charge of a businesses logistics? Working behind the scenes to achieve something which helps the world to go around? If you are an organisational whizz then keep reading to find out all you need to know about becoming a logistics clerk.
Step one: Eye up a specialisation
You don’t have to get qualifications to become a logistics clerk. However, there are many possibilities for progressing your career and, so it is a good idea to consider this first. Then you can plan your career path and better access if you should take the time to study before looking for work.
Based in the warehouse you keep track of every item which comes and goes. You receive shipments and prepare items which are being shipped. Checking the addresses and other details are correct. Overseeing all the goings on in the warehouse or factory you play a crucial role in the success of a business. Efficiency should be your motto.
Inventory and supply officer
You are in charge of buying up and sending stock on its way. You make sure you keep the correct amount of stock on hand. Ensuring the business can meet their orders. All at the same time as keeping within the limitations of the storage space and without causing customers to wait. You walk the fine balancing line of supply and demand to make sure customers are happy.
You are the conveniently placed right-hand man for truck drivers. You help the drivers load, and unload goods, making sure you and other handle the items carefully. Many times truck offsider’s will help drivers get to where they are going safely. You are serving the drivers themselves, and the people who receive the goods, making sure the process goes smoothly for all.
Step two: Enrol for a course
You may not need a degree to become a logistics clerk. Especially if you are eyeing up progression from a position you already have in a warehouse or business. However, and there is always a however. What better way to convince your employers you are deserving of a promotion if you can show new qualifications to back up your experience? Or if you aren’t working yet, then what is a better way to prepare for your new job by investing time into learning everything you need to know?
Step three: Apply for your first job as a logistics clerk
When applying for your first job you don’t forget to tailor your resume to highlight your qualifications, any work experience you have, and your personal strengths. Remember the kind of qualities they will be looking out for. They are predicting strong growth in logistics over the next five years, so we should see plenty of job opportunities coming up.
Step four: Gain experience and then go for your specialisation
After landing your first job, give yourself a pat on the back. Now, get stuck in your new role and focus on gaining experience. You can then use your experience to progress or specialise in the field of logistics. There are lots of different roles in logistics and in an increasingly worldly economy, we can expect those roles to not go away any time soon.
Logistic Clerk Duties
From the business where you work you monitor stock levels, balancing incoming and outgoing stock. You receive shipments when they arrive, checking everything is in order, and the paperwork and order match. If the paperwork says there are 1000 turkeys, there had better be 1000 turkeys. As well as receiving shipments, you are in charge of outgoing shipments. Again checking the paperwork is correct, and everything is going out as is should. For items in transit, you document the tracking numbers and monitor to see things arrive and depart as they should.
- Filling in packing slips
- Cross-referencing order and delivery information
- Receiving shipments
- Checking invoices, to make sure information is correct
- Logging tracking numbers
Skills for success
There is little or no room for mistakes in logistics. Why? Because incorrectly accounted for stock equals a loss to the business. Your business doesn’t want to pay for what you have not received and likewise, you don’t want to send more items than required. This means you need to have a meticulous attention to detail. You will check, check and check again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, so in logistics repetitive self-checking is vital to success. Taking the time, every time, to check addresses, order details, and shipment details. You will spend a lot of time up and about on your feet, so this job is a good choice for people who don’t want to be desk-bound. Don’t forget though, you will often work in warehouses which can be uncomfortable and awkward. Let us have some tenacity, please.
Skills and attributes
- Pay meticulous attention to detail
- Accurate when you enter information
- Strong physical condition
- Tenacious – willing to work through your discomfort
- You may need to work long hours in this role
What do logistic clerks earn in Australia?
In Australia, Logistics clerks earn a median wage of $49,809 per year. This varies according to a number of factors and is intended as a reference only, from Payscale 05/’18.