Spotting Postal Service Job Scams
In this day and age, the expanding use of the Internet has made applying for jobs easier. The federal government has posted employment opportunities online through their official employment portal at USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov). Various private companies also post their openings online. The independent federal agency, the United States Postal Service, has also made use of the Internet by allowing prospective applicants to search for jobs and apply for them through their website (www.usps.com/employment). Doing so expands their pool of talent from where they can find the best candidates who are right for the job.
Unfortunately, the Internet has also become a rich breeding ground for unscrupulous individuals who want to take advantage of the many who are looking for a job. Through crafty and misleading advertisements, they lure jobseekers into their lair, and after convincing them of the validity of their claims, they get these poor cash-strapped individuals to pay them money on their empty promises to find them a job. Of course, they never honor these promises but the applicants find this out only too late, when they can never get their money back.
When it comes to job scams, the U.S. Postal Service is an easy target. There are many websites out there that promise applicants a postal service position in exchange for a fee. Well, if there’s anything that you should know about USPS jobs, it is this: You can’t pay anyone to get a job for you. There is no way that you can get a USPS employment position by paying a third party. You have to do it on your own merits.
You certainly don’t want to waste money on these worthless sales pitches. So here are ways to spot a Postal Service job scam:
- Online ads that say that they are affiliated in some capacity with the federal government and more specifically, with the United States Postal Service, are red flags to watch out for. The USPS has an official website (www.usps.com) where they post their job openings and this is the only source for legitimate postal employment opportunities.
- Websites that sell reviewers which guarantee a high score in the postal battery exam which will in turn guarantee that you will get the job are scams. Only you can guarantee that you will ace the postal battery test. Postal study guides merely guide you through the process and familiarize you with the types of items and the instructions in the postal test. It will not be a guarantee that you will get a high score.
- Websites that say that they have inside information of jobs available within the USPS that are “hidden” from the public. All postal job openings are listed in the USPS website. If there are employment opportunities that are not listed there, they are most likely temporary non-career positions that are available only in certain post offices.