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This post office jobs eCareer orientation guide is presented here to familiarize job seekers with the official USPS hiring process so you will be able to navigate their site and apply for job vacancies. The USPS web site, listed below, is the ONLY OFFICIAL USPS employment web site. You do not have to pay anyone for this information or to take a postal exam. The Postal Service provides these services at no cost to applicants. This website and the book Post Office Jobs are not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Post Office.
The screens in the examples below can't be used to apply, they are only meant to provide an example with explanations of what you will find on the official Postal Service site. The post office site doesn't provide clarifications and it can be confusing when you first visit without this orientation. Preview the screen shots we have and then use the links provided to go direct to the Postal Service's online job listings.
Review these instructions and then go direct to http://usps.com/employment to search for job vacancies. The following graphics are copies of the official USPS employment job search pages, go to the USPS official web site for links that work. To find jobs in your area and specialty click on Search jobs online, # 2 on the right side of the following screen. This will launch a popup on your screen and you will have to allow it by clicking on the "Allow Popup prompt" that will show up the first time you use this system.
View all of the following 5 screens prior to visiting the USPS official employment site.
Enter a search term in the Keywords box, I used mail carrier and limited my search to jobs in Pennsylvania for this sample. The results page displays all jobs in the category your searched in the area selected.
This search resulted in many openings and your search could result in anywhere from none to hundreds of openings for any given State. If you don't find any openings try again regularly so you don't miss out on opportunities. The USPS typically advertises vacancies for only a week because they receive so many applications.
You will find the job announcement number at the top of the page just under United States Postal Service. The announcement is several pages long with an APPLY link where you apply online for the position. Notice that the job announcement is only for a one week period, most jobs are advertised for short periods because of the large number of applicants.
Follow the instructions to register and continue with your online applications. If an exam is required the Postal Service will arrange for you to take the test locally. Once registered you can apply for multiple positions which I recommend to improve your chances. If you are applying for a mail carrier, rural carrier, mail handler or clerk position you will have to take the 473 exam and our study guide will help you prepare.
Detailed job information and application guidance is included in the sixth edition of Post Office Jobs. You can also visit your local Library's Reference Department to review this informative book or order a copy on-line.