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The federal sector hired 162,839 new federal employees nationwide and overseas in 2013. Almost a third, 31 percent, were veterans. The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration were the two largest hiring agencies. The Affordable Health Care Act includes over 100 new regulatory agencies and commissions and more federal regulators will be needed to administer new EPA and OSHA regulations and to manage the many other federal programs that have been implemented by the current administration. Immigration reform will potentially increase hiring of Border Patrol Agents and Customs Officers. Even with the projected growth and hiring some agencies continue to offer voluntary early retirements to address budget shortfalls.

There is considerable competition for anyone seeking federal employment and those interested in working for Uncle Sam must develop a professional federal style resume and application to remain competitive and start the process early to improve their chances of success.

   

 

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The U. S. Postal Service (USPS) employs over 617,000 workers in 300 job categories for positions at 33,000 post offices, branches, stations, and community post offices throughout the United States. Thousands of post office jobs are available each year to backfill for retirements, transfers, deaths and employees who choose to leave the Postal Service.

There are jobs available for traditional mail carrier and clerk positions plus administrative, clerical, and office services at central facilities. Technical and professionals occupations are also available and you will find job vacancy listings for all occupations on this site.

Post Office job vacancies are advertised internally by the USPS and not by the Office of Personnel Management. In 1971, the US Postal Service became independent. Pay scales are determined by the Postal Pay Act and are not a part of the General Pay Schedule. The average pay and benefits for career bargaining unit employees increased dramatically from $62,348 per year in 2006 to over $72,099 today, a 14% increase while the private sector suffered through one of the most extensive recessions in modern history.

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The Postal Service has lost revenue during the past few years however the good news is that the economy is recovering and revenues should increase as business returns to normal. Almost half of the work force will be eligible for retirement over the next decade opening up many opportunities for those who these post office jobs out. Tens of thousands apply each year for post office jobs and those who understand the hiring process and study for entrance exams — when required — will dramatically improve their chances. The Postal Service never charges fees to take an exam or to apply for jobs. Don’t be misled by ads that offer postal employment and charge a fee for their services.

The US Postal Service is huge by any standard, employing close to 617,000 workers with an annual budget exceeding $80 billion. It pays over $2 billion in salaries and benefits every two weeks to workers in 300 occupations for positions at 33,000 post offices, branches, and stations throughout the United States. Thousands of post office jobs are filled annually to backfill for retirements, transfers, deaths and to replace employees who choose to leave for other reasons.

Special pay scales are used for rural letter carriers, city carriers, mail handlers and others. Full-time mail carriers earn between $41,167 and $53,853 annually and transitional temporary carriers earn between $20.58 and $21.49 per hour. Rural carriers are paid on an equivalent annual rate dependent on hours worked each week. If they work a 12-hour work week they earn $11,808 to $15,194 a year. Working a 48-hour work week increases earning to between $51,170 and $65,831 a year. As you can see, these US Postal jobs offer great compensation for your work.

The Postal Service also pays extra compensation, overtime, and night shift differential to post office job holders. A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is added to the base salary of employees at the rate of one cent per hour for each .4 point increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Post Office Job Benefits

 

Post office job employee benefits are similar to federal employees' benefits which are featured on this site. There are a few differences. Postal workers do pay considerably less for health care benefits than do general schedule federal employees due to negotiated union contracts. US Postal workers can contribute to a 401K Thrift Savings Plan, purchase low cost life insurance and they receive generous holiday, vacation and sick leave allowances.

Employment Options

Initial appointments are either casual (temporary) or Part-Time Flexible (Career). Hourly rates for Part-Time Flexible employees vary depending upon the position's rate schedule. Some US Postal jobs are filled full-time such as the Maintenance (Custodial) classification.

Full-Time and Part-Time Flexible (career) post office job holders comprise the Regular Work Force. This category includes security guards. Part-Time Flexible employees are scheduled to work fewer than 40 hours per week and they must be available for flexible work hours as assigned. Part-Time Flexible employees are paid by the hour. Hourly rates vary from $12.29 for PS Grade 1 Step BB to $27.26 for PS Grade 11 step P. 

A Supplemental Work Force is needed by the Postal Service for peak mail periods and offers casual post office job holders two 89-day employment terms in a calendar year. During Christmas an additional 21 days of employment can be offered to supplemental post office job holders.

College students may be considered for casual (temporary) US Postal jobs during the summer months. The rate of pay now exceeds $11.00 per hour. Tests are not required and appointments can not lead to a career position. Apply early for summer work. Contact offices in your area by no later than February for summer post office job applications. Casual temporary positions are also advertised on the Postal Services’ employment web site.

Detailed information about benefits, retirement, qualifications requirements, and pay is included in the paperback version of "Post Office Jobs" by Dennis V. Damp. This book is available at many libraries in their reference section or you can purchase a copy by calling toll free at 1-800-782-7424 for $24.95 plus shipping. It is the perfect book for those seeking post office careers. All major credit cards are accepted.
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Don't be enticed by Postal Exam scams. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY ANYONE to schedule or take a federal Postal Exam. To find out if exams are currently being offered in your area go to our "Postal Exams" page and follow the links to the Postal Services' exam site. You apply online through the Postal Service to take a postal exam for your area. We do offer a comprehensive study guide titled "Post Office Jobs: Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam, and Locate ALL Job Opportunities"  for $24.95 that you can purchase from us online or at your local book store. If you can't afford our book it should be available at your local library in their reference section. Just make sure they have the new 5th edition that covers the new application process and 473 exams.\

Also, explore and apply for all job vacancies in the government and private sectors to improve you chance of employment. Post your resume online at no cost to expand your job search.

 


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