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In order to become a shipping coordinator, you will have to have a minimum of a high school degree. Some office work will help you obtain the position and if you want to go into management, you will need a college degree. Here are six tips on becoming a shipping coordinator.

1. Documentation

As a shipping coordinator, you will need to keep many different types of documentation on file. Being able to identify which document you need at what time and keeping good records are part of this job. You need to be a well-organized person in order to become a shipping coordinator. You will also have to have good management skills and customer service skills.

2. Communication

Being a shipping coordinator requires excellent communication skills. You will be in charge of overseeing where and when goods come in and go out of warehouses. Any breakdown in communication can cause your company to lose valuable time and money and could result in the loss of clients. You must be able to effectively communicate with your warehouse employees, your management, and your clients. Each level of communication involves different skills. You must hone these skills in order to become an effective shipping coordinator.

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3. Math and computer skills

You will need basic math and computing skills in order to become a shipping coordinator. You will be trained to work on spreadsheets and other accounting software but in order to be trained, you need to have basic knowledge. If you lack computer skills consider enrolling in a class at a local community college or online. Any type of computer class will help your chances of getting hired.

4. Resume

You will need a good resume in order to be considered for a shipping coordinator position. You should list any jobs that you currently have or have had in the past five years. Office jobs, customer service jobs, and shipping jobs should be highlighted in your resume. Be sure to list any certificates you have obtained or extra classes you may have taken involving customer service, computing, or math. A good resume will get a potential employer’s attention and may lead to a call for an interview. The next step is job interview preparation.

5. Job interview

When preparing for your job interview you want to be sure you research the company you are interviewing with. Find out what items they ship and where they ship them. If you can find out shift schedules and names of managers before you go for your interview you will be able to have a smooth and good interview. Dress well for your interview, no jeans and t-shirts. Be sure you highlight yourself and your skills. If you have any additional training or schooling be sure to let them know in the interview. Tell them about your strong management skills.

6. Thank you note

After your interview, make sure you send a thank you note or email thanking them for the opportunity to interview. If you feel you forgot to mention something in the interview you can put it in the note. Also include your contact information again so they have access to it quickly.

Becoming a shipping coordinator is an attainable goal. With some management skills, computer skills, and good customer service skills you should be able to get your foot in the door. Most places will provide training classes, but any classes or certificates you can get before applying for the job will be beneficial to obtaining an interview. Look professional when you interview and highlight your skills.