How to Apply for USPS Jobs?

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the second largest employer in the United States and provides a variety of career paths for its employees, including office-based jobs such as finance, marketing, and administration and delivery and operations staff who handle and deliver the mail. The USPS also offers special employment programs for current students, recent graduates, members of the military, and veterans.

Verify that you meet the basic requirements. While the USPS has many different kinds of positions available, all employees must meet the same base set of requirements. All USPS employees must be:

  • At least 18 years old, or at least 16 years old with a high school diploma
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Able to pass a criminal background check, drug screening, and medical assessment
  • Have a safe driving record (if applicable)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if applicable)
  • The USPS does not have any general education requirements – you can apply for many positions, including postal carrier, without a high school diploma. However, some corporate positions require a four-year degree.
  • The USPS is particularly interested in employees with a stable, continuous employment history. The postal service is also unlikely to consider applicants who have been fired for misconduct or excessive lateness or absence.

Choose between a corporate and a delivery/operations position. While all USPS employees must meet the same basic requirements, different positions have specific requirements. Corporate positions are generally office-based positions, while delivery and operations positions tend to involve physical labor, including letter delivery.

  • Corporate careers at the USPS include accounting, business, finance, logistics, marketing, sales, and human resources.
  • Delivery and operations positions include automotive mechanic and technician, postal carrier, custodian, engineer, mail handler assistant, and tractor trailer operator.

Search for vacancies by location and/or by job function. All USPS jobs are made available on the online database so this is the only place you need to look to discover vacant USPS positions. For example, you could look for any jobs in Alabama, any jobs in administrative support, or jobs in administrative support in Alabama.

  • You can also search by keywords if you have a specific job title in mind.
  • Many of the positions listed on the USPS website do not include job descriptions. However, these descriptions are available on the American Postal Workers’ Union’s website.

Create an account on the USPS website. You must begin your application for all USPS positions online.

  • To register you only need to supply your name and email address, a username, and a password.
  • Once you have created your account, you will be able to update your candidate profile with your demographic information, education, skills, and work experience.
  • The application requires you to provide the last 7 years of work history. If you have any gaps in employment during this time, you will have to indicate that you were unemployed.

Take the appropriate exam. Applicants for many positions with the USPS must take a civil service exam. You must achieve a qualifying score on the exam to be offered a position, but scoring well on the exam does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

  • The majority of USPS workers – city carriers, mail processing clerks, mail handlers, and sales, service, and distribution associates – must take Test 473, which tests your ability to check addresses, complete forms, use and assign codes, and remember information.
  • Test 473 takes about 2 hours to complete. The USPS provides sample questions on its website. Printed study guides are also available at a bookstore or library.
  • Veterans are granted preferential treatment for this exam, including an automatic 5 or 10 point addition to any test score and priority access to exams not open to the general public.

Make your way through the hiring process. Once you have successfully completed the necessary exam and applied for a position, you may be invited to a group interview, followed by a personal interview.

  • If the USPS chooses to offer you a position, you will be contacted to complete a drug screening and criminal background check.
  • For the final step in the hiring process, you may be called in for a final interview before being offered a position.

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