4 Tips to Becoming a Warehouse Supervisor

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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4-tips-to-becoming-a-warehouse-supervisor-thumbIf you have been working in a warehouse for awhile, you may be asking yourself if it’s time to step into a management role. Becoming a warehouse supervisor is an achievable goal for dedicated warehouse employees, but you may need some advice to figure out how to get there.

Working with a staffing agency may be the best way to advance your warehouse industry career. Reach out to Liberty Staffing today to learn more about the positions we are currently hiring for in warehousing. 

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Here’s some advice from our experienced staffing experts that you can use when you are ready to start thinking about supervisory positions in your warehouse. 

1. Focus On Your Leadership Skills

Leadership skills are one of the most important things that hiring managers and supervisors are looking for in their candidates. Even if you are already working in a warehouse, it can be helpful to think of yourself as a job seeker. 

If your employer had decided to hire someone new to work as a warehouse supervisor, what would they be looking for? It’s almost a guarantee that they are looking for someone who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in their previous positions. 

What does that mean for you? It means that it’s time for you to start strengthening your own leadership skills and gaining more leadership experience so that you are an appealing candidate for the next management position that opens up! 

2. Look into Industry-Specific Certifications

Certifications can help you stand out from other candidates for the same management positions. 

Although warehouse workers typically don’t need to have a university degree, certificates and diplomas can help you climb the ladder. 

Not long ago, we published an article on how getting certified as a forklift operator can help job seekers become more appealing to hiring managers. However, that is just one of many certifications that are available for warehouse workers.

Ontario residents can earn warehouse certifications from local colleges. Before enrolling, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they cover continuing education costs on your behalf. 

3. Stay Open to Switching Employers

What should you do if there simply aren’t any supervisory positions available at your current workplace? Or, what if you’re struggling to get promoted to a management position?

It may be time to make a change. Keep an open mind about who you work for; if your current employer is not going to give you the opportunity to advance in your career, it is more than reasonable for you to start looking elsewhere. Even if you like your current workplace, it is important to be open to the idea of making a change in order to advance your career.

4. Work With a Staffing Agency

If you decide it is time to make a change, a staffing agency can help you find your next great job! Staffing agencies, like Liberty Staffing, help workers find warehouse work all the time! We place people in permanent and temporary positions, as well as part time and full time jobs. We also place people in everything from entry level, first jobs in the industry, to supervisory positions! 

If you’re looking for your next warehouse position, especially a role as a warehouse supervisor, talk to Liberty Staffing today! Take our knowledge of the warehouse industry in Ontario and use it to your advantage to find a great new job quickly!


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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