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Being a postal worker is one of the most sought after jobs in the Federal government. Not only are employees given access to management to ensure that they perform their jobs well, working for the USPS means getting generous pay and other benefits. The first step towards beginning your postal career is to know how to apply for US Postal Service jobs. Before we get to the nitty-gritty, a word of warning is in order: You need to have a lot of patience as the high volume of applicants can slow down the process.
If you want to be considered for any postal job, you should first see to it that you meet the minimum requirements. These include being at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and have no felony convictions. You should be competent in the English language as well.
To search for job openings, go to the USPS website at https://wd2-portal.usps.gov/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_unreg_job_search?sap-ep-themeroot=/SAP/PUBLIC/BC/UR/nw5/themes/usps_SMALL where you can do a search by keywords and even narrow it down by city, state, zip code, and functional area.To read a detailed job description, click on the link so that you will be taken to another page which gives more information about the vacancy. Pay attention to where the applications must be lodged and whether you meet the other special criteria that the position requires.
After finding a vacancy that you want to apply to, click on the “Apply” button found at the bottom of the page. You will then be taken to the Registration and Login page which will ask you to register with the system. You must provide your name as well as a username, password, and working email address to be able to register. Once that has been completed, you can then complete your application. Having a resume with you for easy reference will allow you to finish your profile and application faster.
When asked to enter your work experience, the USPS requires a complete work history that dates back 7 years or to your 16th birthday is necessary. If required for the job you are applying for, answer the Summary of Accomplishments carefully as this will demonstrate that you are qualified for the position. Make sure that you answer all questions and check the necessary boxes. Your application will not be sent if you don’t complete the entire application.
You should get a notification in the email address you provided when you registered that your application was received by the USPS system. If you don’t then you should check your spam folder as it could have been treated as such by your email provider. Another reason could be that you did not finish your application and as a result, your application was not sent. Hopefully, you did not give the wrong address. If you did, make sure that you log in to your account and make the necessary changes.
The next thing to do is wait and prepare for the exam that you will most likely be required to take. The USPS provides free postal exam sample questions once you sign up for it. You can also get a postal exam study guide to help you prepare for it.