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One of the first steps in applying for a job at the United States Postal Service is the creation of your eCareer Profile or more popularly known as your Candidate Profile. By answering some questions and relating important information about yourself, you build a picture of yourself and your suitability for postal service appointments to the USPS hiring authorities. An eCareer Profile is your gateway to the postal career you’ve always aspired for.
The employment page found on the USPS website (http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm) is where everything starts. On the right portion of your screen you will find a link that invites you to “Start your eCareer Profile”. By clicking here, you will be asked to create your username and password and a valid email address to register into the system. Once you have done so, you can start building your profile so you can apply for specific jobs advertised in the USPS online employment portal.
If you are unsure about pursuing a postal career with the premier mail organization in the world and simply want to search for the kinds of positions available within the Postal Service then you may do so without creating a Candidate Profile. Just click on “Search our latest job openings” on the right portion of your screen and you will be able to find out the kinds of opportunities available with U.S. Mail. You can also do a search by location or keyword and when the results show, you will be able to click on a job title and read more about it (e.g. duties and responsibilities; pay and benefits information, etc.). When you feel that a particular opening fits you then that’s the time that you can create a Candidate Profile.
You should only make one Candidate Profile for yourself. If there are any changes to your qualifications, such as when you have already obtained a degree or have changed marital status, see to it that these get reflected in your profile, especially when you’re still on the hunt for that close-to-perfect postal employment opportunity. This ensures that your resume is current and updated.
Don’t forget your username and password. You will need both to be able to access the online application system no matter where you are and make the necessary changes to your profile. In the event that you forget your login credentials, you can simply select the “Request a forgotten password” link found in the lower right of the Search Jobs & Apply Online page. You will be asked to enter your email address and then click the “Request Password” tab. Your new password together with your username will be sent to your email address. Make sure to change this system-generated password into one of your own (and do remember it) so that you can keep your eCareer Profile secure.