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How to Effectively Use the USPS Job Search Feature

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Despite the challenges that the United States Postal Service is experiencing these days, postal worker jobs are still in high demand. This is because of the competitive pay and benefits package that workers of the USPS receive when they hold regular, fulltime, career-track positions. Of course, you will need to ace a postal battery exam if you want to get a shot at an interview since there are fewer job openings compared to the thousands of applicants lining up for these positions.

One reason why the hiring process for postal positions is so competitive nowadays is because the postings are already made online in the USPS employment website (http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm). This makes all openings accessible to all applicants from all parts of the nation. Sending of applications can also be done through the site.

In your quest to get yourself a postal career, one of the most important components that you should learn to do right is to make effective use of the USPS job search feature on their website. Unless you know how to search efficiently, you will not be able to maximize your search for postal employment opportunities. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

  • Make use of city or location search criteria if you are looking for location-specific postal employment opportunities. Take note that the “location” criteria is only limited to states. However, if you want to see the employment postings for a particular city, you must type in the city name in the box after the Full Text Search Keywords. When you do, you don’t have to enter the city or ZIP Code fields.
  • When doing a Full Text Search, do not put the search terms in between quotation marks. Don’t use conjunctions (e.g. and, or) and words like not.
  • You may select a Functional Area of the search criteria if you are interested in a particular postal position. However, it is recommended that you don’t use this to ensure that you are given the broadest job selection. Sometimes, the position that you want can be found in another Functional Area and choosing only one area might narrow down your hunt unnecessarily.
  • If you want to see the full listing of opportunities, do an unrestricted search. This means that you simply press “Start” and the list of jobs from all over the nation will show. But take note that you will only see only 30 results. There is a very big chance that the 30 listed are not the only job opportunities available. You will have to refine your search to see the other listings.
  • Be sure to choose the “Reset” button every time you begin your search. Otherwise, the criteria that you used for a prior search will affect your new search results.

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