How to Get a Job at the Post Office

USPS Career Options and Application Information

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Interested in working for the US Postal Service? From sorting and delivering mail to mechanical operations to corporate positions, there are many different jobs and careers available with the USPS. In fact, the Postal Service is the second largest employer in the United States. Here’s how to find out about the opportunities and prerequisites for US Postal Service employees and how to find and apply for jobs with the post office.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) employs over 635,000 workers. There are 31,585 Post Office locations, and they deliver approximately 155 billion mailed items every year, which represents about 40% of the mail delivery worldwide. Their vehicle fleet is one of the largest civilian fleets in the world, with over 227,000 vehicles. They have opportunities for all types and levels of employees in every state, almost all counties, and most cities and townships in the US.

USPS Employment and Job Search Information

USPS employment information, career opportunities, and exam information are available in the USPS Careers section of the United States Postal Service website. You can also search for jobs on the USPS website. Search by keyword, location, and area of employment (delivery, sales, retail, etc.).

To apply for USPS jobs, you have to create an online eCareer Profile on the USPS website.

You'll need a valid email address to create your profile and apply for jobs. Additionally, you can download your resume to include with your application. At this point, the application system is not compatible with mobile devices.

USPS Job Options

The USPS offers a variety of careers. The agency offers a number of jobs in delivery and operations, including mail carriers, mail handlers, tractor trailer operators, and more.

USPS also has many corporate career options in fields such as accounting, business, finance, human resources, legal, and marketing.

USPS Opportunities for Students and Graduates

The Postal Service offers two programs for college students, recent graduates, and entry-level professionals to develop professional skills. The Management Foundations Program is a paid, 18-month internship program for graduates and entry-level workers to gain professional experience in a variety of USPS positions.

Interns gain knowledge about the USPS through monthly training with top executives of the organization and rotations through various departments. Interns are placed in jobs upon satisfactory completion of the program.

The Postal Service also has a 10-week Summer Intern Program, for current college juniors and seniors. In this program, interns work on a particular project related to the USPS.

USPS Jobs for Transitioning Military

The USPS also works to provide career opportunities to military veterans, reservists, and their family members. Applicants can identify their claim for veteran’s preference on their online job application. With the number of locations nationwide, the USPS is an attractive employer for military families who often have the need to move frequently to stay together.

USPS Career Development Opportunities

Along with the Management Foundations Program and the Summer Intern Program, the USPS has many other opportunities for employees to develop professionally. They offer a variety of internal training initiatives, including a New Supervisor Program designed to help new supervisors gain experience while learning management skills. Their Leadership Programs focus on different aspects and levels of management development for individuals who have demonstrated potential in the areas of management, corporate succession, and executive leadership.

USPS Eligibility Requirements

The United States Post Office eligibility requirements for candidates for employment include a minimum age (applicants must be 18 or 16 with a high school diploma), citizenship or permanent resident status, recent employment history, criminal background check, and medical and drug screening assessment.

If applicable, candidates must also be registered with Selective Service.

Some jobs come with other particular requirements, including a safe driving record. The USPS follows a hiring policy of diversity and inclusion, and promotes a workplace where differences are respected and all employees work collaboratively towards their full potential.

Here's a full list of United States Postal Service applicant requirements for all positions:

  • 18 years old at the time of appointment or 16 years old with a high school diploma
  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or citizen of American Samoa or other U.S. territory
  • Recent employment history
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, drug screening, and medical assessment
  • Safe driving record (if applicable)
  • Must be registered with Selective Service (if applicable)

There are additional requirements based upon the job for which you're applying. Check for details in the job posting when you apply.

USPS Salary and Benefits

US Postal Service salaries are competitive with many private sector jobs, and when combined with the benefits available, make the USPS an attractive employer. They offer a variety of benefits, including dental, vision, health and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, retirement savings plans, generous vacation time and sick leave, and many types of education assistance, including career development and training.

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