HGV driving jobs seem to be very plentiful these days. A driver shortage across this country and others means good times ahead for those of us with our HGV or LGV licenses. I have found many great opportunities throughout the past few months but I have also found some that are not so great. So, you ask, what makes one opportunity better than the others? In my experience the quality of a job really comes down to pay, location and flexibility. I’ll explain more.
When it comes to pay, the more the better for everyone. Make sure you know what your services are worth and ask for corresponding compensation. In a market like this there is no need to sell yourself short. A different of a couple dollars an hour can make a big difference in the weeks and months ahead. Make sure you negotiate ahead of time.
How much do you want to be home at night? This is really the question of location when talking HGV driving jobs and HGV training prices. Do you want to be on routes that keep you on the road for several days at a time or do you want to sleep in your own bed at night. The latter will mean less pay but better quality of life. Up to you to choose but make sure you think it through.
Finally, how many days will you need to flex your life around work? Some comapnies understand the concept of work life balance while others do not. Make sure your company is understanding of your need to spend a day at home now and then when you are required. A little flexibility will go a long way in making sure you stay happy for the years to come.
There are a lot of HGV driving jobs out there. Make sure you find one that fits your lifestyle. For me, this meant good pay, local routes and the flexibility to spend time with my family when required. Drive safe out there!