Postal Work


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This book is amazing. I studied for about three days and I ended up getting the job at the post office. I start Monday,
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Post Office Jobs

Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam, and Locate All Job Opportunities

Anyone interested in a challenging career, with job security and excellent pay, should consider a Post Office job. The average annual salary, including benefits, exceeds $77,000 a year and there are 634,366 postal workers at 35,000 facilities nationwide. Use the resources on this site to explore Post Office jobs in your area. You will find 473 Postal Exam sample questions, mail carrier and postal clerk descriptions, application guidance, job descriptionsbenefits, and pay information. You will also find information on Postal Inspector jobs, how to prepare for the post office job interview, and we offer a Post Office Job Hunter’s Checklist to guide you through the process. This website and the book Post Office Jobs are not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Post Office.

Casual Temporary Positions

The Postal Service recruits new hires through their eCareer recruiting program. It shed its arcane mass testing program for entry level positions and instituted an automated online hiring process that offers job hunters greater access. Entrance tests are still required; however, you now apply for specific job vacancies and complete much of the initial assessment, including exams, online when you apply. Applicants take proctored exams at designated testing facilities on computers instead of lengthy written tests that were previously used. This website and our Post Office Jobs Study Guide helps you find job vacancies, prepare for post office exams, and get hired.

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Employment Update

The Postal Service is working to reduce its operating costs and has offered early retirements to workers over the past three years. Critical vacancies are now being filled on an as needed basis and the Postal Service continues to hire large numbers of casual temporary relief workers each year for the holidays. The starting pay is from $9 to $20 an hour. These positions are a good way to get your foot in the door and they don’t require a written entrance exam.

If you are hired for a non-career appointment you will have a better chance of landing a career position if you perform well in the position. Temporary appointments typically run from 89 to 359 days with additional appointments possible depending on the position type.

The federal government continues to hire. Search federal jobs and explore occupations and other related private sector entry level jobs. The government has thousands of federal job listings available now in hundreds of occupations.

Warning – Caution

Don’t be enticed by Postal Exam scams. You don’t have to pay anyone to schedule or take a Postal Exam. To find out if there are job vacancies that you can apply for in your area go to our “Postal Jobs” page and follow the job links. You now apply online through the Postal Service for job vacancies. We do publish a study guide, the 7th edition of Post Office Jobs, that is available from or at your local book store. If you can’t afford our study guide, it costs less than $20 on, visit your local library’s reference section to check it out.

Explore and apply for federal government jobs and private sector jobs to improve you chance of employment.

Helpful Web Sites:

Postal Uniforms Online – USPS Approved Vendor