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An In-Depth Look at the Daily Routine of the Letter Carrier

One of the more popular positions within the United States Postal Service is that of a letter carrier. Their main task is to sort, bundle, and deliver mail to homes and business within their postal route. But if you are interested to become one, taking a closer look at their daily routine is necessary. It will help you decide if this is the career path you want to pursue.

Letter carriers deliver everything that needs to be delivered. This includes letters, magazines, catalogs, and small packages. If you become hired as a letter carrier, your first responsibility upon arriving in the post office is to case the mail. This involves putting mail in slots so that it becomes ready for delivery following a certain sequence depending on the address. Afterwards, you then bundle the cased mail using rubber bands or if you have a tray, you arrange that in delivery order there.

It is now time to go out and start delivering and collecting mail in your established route. If you have a Postal Service vehicle, you can bring all the day’s mail that needs to be delivered with you. However, if you are assigned to deliver mail on foot, you will simply have to bring along your shoulder satchel and get your mail from the relay boxes along your route. Previously, trucks have already transported the mail bundles to these relay boxes and all you need to do is pick these up until you complete your entire route.

While delivering mail, the carrier also collects mail from street letter boxes, homes, and business establishments. If required by the type of mail delivered, they must also get the signatures of recipients so that receipt of the letter or parcel is confirmed. This is especially true of registered, certified, and insured mail. You are also expected to get postage-due and cash-on-delivery fees as well. In the event that no one is home, it is your responsibility to leave a note specifying where the postal customer can pick up the mail.

On your route, you are given a half-hour lunch break and a couple of ten-minute breaks. Generally, you are expected to finish delivering all mail assigned to you in five to six hours. In a city route, this will mean making about 500 delivery stops on the average but it can be less in rural areas and in areas which are less populated.

After you have completed delivering all mail, you are expected to return to the post office. The mails that you had collected on your route as well as the receipts and money paid to you must be turned in before you punch out and head home.

Does this routine appeal to you? If so then you could be a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.