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It is public knowledge that the United States Postal Service is in dire straits these days; well, make that for a few years now. Since 2006, it has eliminated 168,000 jobs. That translates to a job cut of 24 percent of its career employees. To make sure it continues to remain financially liquid, it has cut costs by approximately $15 billion. In 2012, the Postal Service also defaulted on its $11.1 billion in mandated payments to the U.S. Treasury.
Just recently, the Board of Governors has directed the management of the Postal Service to accelerate cost-cutting measures and restructure postal operations to further reduce costs. In a press release published on the USPS website, the Board of Governors said: “Specifically, the Board approved restructuring initiatives and also instructed the Postal Service to revise its 2012 five-year comprehensive plan to account for current financial and liquidity conditions. The Postal Service is currently implementing major cost reduction efforts throughout its retail, delivery and mail processing operations.”
With all these cost-reduction and labor-cutting measures, many of those who have always been allured at the idea of working for the U.S. Postal Service ask: Are there still jobs available with the USPS? Despite the problems that U.S. Mail is having, the answer is still in the affirmative. Yes, the Postal Service is still hiring. As of this writing, an unrestricted search of job openings in the career section of the USPS website (http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm) reveals opportunities for sales and distribution associates, rural carrier service associates, city carrier assistants, custodians, and casual postal workers. Of this list, there are postal jobs in Indiana, postal jobs in Texas, postal jobs in Alabama, postal jobs in North Carolina, and postal jobs in Arizona.
As the Postal Service waits for Congress to legislate for postal reform to “provide it with greater flexibility to control costs and generate new revenue” it must still continue to do its job. It has to see to it that letters get delivered and that merchandise you purchased from eBay or Amazon gets to your doorstep. The Internet may have made paperless communication possible but the Postal Service still processes an amazing 554 million mail pieces each day and it continually needs hands in order to do so efficiently and effectively.
But the reality is that there are more applicants for postal jobs than there are postal job opportunities. As such, if you want to work for the USPS, the competition is tough. The first step is to make sure that you ace the postal battery exam (postal exam 473-e for most entry-level positions) so you increase your chances of getting interviewed. There are postal exam study guides online and in brick-and-mortar bookstores that will help you prepare so you should take every advantage of these. The more prepared you are, the better your chances of being employed as a Postal Service worker.