How to Search for Jobs with the US Postal Service?
The US Postal Service has 546,000 career employees in its roster. Given the breadth and width of its operationsâ€”it is the "only organization in the country that has manpower, network infrastructure and logistical capability to deliver to every residence and business in the U.S. and its territories"â€”the number of employees they have is understandable. And because of the competitive pay and benefits package that this federal organization gives to its postal workers, the contest to get these jobs is quite stiff.
If you want to get a job with the USPS, the first step is in actually looking for postal job openings. There are certain ways to help you make your search more productive. But letâ€™s start with the avenue that you should not use: The Internet is the home of many scammers. If a website tells you that you need to pay a certain amount to be able to get postal jobs in Illinois, postal jobs in NC, postal jobs in Georgia, postal jobs in Michigan, or other US postal service job opportunities in other parts of the country, donâ€™t ever believe it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings about these fraudulent USPS job openings and you donâ€™t want to waste money on the useless information they give. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who get conned. Now that you have read this, you know what you need to avoid so you can focus your energies on searching for USPS jobs through legitimate channels.
First, go to the USPS Career website (http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm) and click on the "Search Jobs & Apply Online" link. You will be taken to the Job Search page where you can narrow down your search by keywords, and other search criteria by city, state, zip code, and functional area. If you donâ€™t want to limit your search, you can just click on Start and all the available job positions will be displayed. By clicking on the job titles, you will be able to read more information about the job. From there, you can lodge your application online.
Another option is to go straight to a post office near your area. True, this involves a lot of legwork and gas but if you are looking for temporary positions, you will best get them by asking the postmaster directly. You might wonder why you would want to go for temporary USPS jobs. Well, these types of jobs do not require you to take the highly-competitive postal exam 473-e test. When you are hired, however, you get similar training as other regular newbies do. Should you decide that you want a regular USPS job later, all you need to do is obtain a high score in the postal battery exam. The postmaster will most likely choose you over other inexperienced candidates because you already know what to do.