Post Office Jobs: Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam, and Locate ALL Job Opportunities

Post Office Jobs: Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam, and Locate ALL Job Opportunities


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The all-new seventh-edition of Post Office Jobs provides an overview of what jobs are available,including many that don’t require written tests and how to apply for them. You will also find a comprehensive 473/473E study guide with helpful test-taking strategies that could dramatically improve many applicant’s exam scores. Seven other sample postal exams are included in this new edition for maintenance, clerical, technician, and other major occupations.

Most limit their job search to mail carrier and clerk positions and are unaware of the many other career opportunities that the postal service offers. Even with mail carriers and clerks making up over 50% of the workforce the postal service still employs hundreds of thousands in other occupations. They employ 30,000 building and equipment maintenance workers, 5,000 vehicle maintenance employees, thousands of motor vehicle operators, postal inspectors, accountants, administrative staff, human resource personnel, and professionals across a broad spectrum of fields.

Post Office Jobs is the only post office career guide that includes a comprehensive 473/473E exam study guide, sample exam questions for 7 other careers, and job descriptions for the top 24 occupations. It provides guidance on how to explore alternative civil service occupations and includes a chapter on how to apply for postal inspector positions. Nancy Ledgerwood, our editor, worked for the postal service for 22 years. She provided an insider’s perspective of theireCareer recruiting systemand testing processes.

Featured Exams:

  • 473/473E Major Entry Level
  • 630/630E Postal Police
  • 710/720/725/730 Clerical Battery
  • 714 Data Conversion Operator
  • 741/744 Accounting
  • 916 Custodial
  • 943 Automotive Mechanic and Technician
  • 955 Mechanical and Electrical Job Skills

Postal employees are interviewed prior to appointment by the selecting official. Chapter Six provides sample questions and detailed guidance on how to successfully handle this often nerve-racking face-to-face encounter.

Professional and administrative occupations do not require written examinations. Your background, work experience and education determine your eligibility for the job. You’ll learn how to locate vacancies and apply for these positions nationwide. Appendix B describes how to prepare your resume and includes examples ofKnowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA)statements that must be submitted with your application for many of the corporate positions.

Appendix C provides an updated list ofCustomer Service District Officesthat you can contact for test results and to learn when jobs will be advertised in your area. Many who apply for and take postal exams misplace their paperwork and do not know who to contact. These offices can direct you to the right department when you have questions or have to reschedule an exam.

Visit, the companion web site for the new 7th edition, for up-to-date guidance on postal service job options including direct links to the postal service’s recruiting site.

If you are seeking a job with the postal service, you should also be aware of postal employment and testing scams that charge excessive fees. The postal service does not charge application fees and no one can guarantee you a postal or federal job. All jobs are filled competitively.

The average pay and benefits for all postal employees was $77,000 per year in 2018.The largest postal service pay system is predominantly for bargaining unit employees. There is also an Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) for non-bargaining unit members where pay ranges from $25,619 up to an authorized maximum of $129,792.

If you’re looking for good pay with excellent benefits, explore the postal service job market. Use this book’s resources, including the Job Hunter's Checklist in Appendix A, to begin your personal job search.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780943641270
Publisher: Bookhaven Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Damp is the author of 27 books and writes from first-hand experience, he spent 35 years working for Uncle Sam. Damp's titles have been featured, reviewed and recommended by Library Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on hundreds of radio talk shows and on the CNN Your Money show.

Nancy Ledgerwood retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2013. She was a human resource specialist at Kansas City, MO and previously an officer-in-charge at Bates CIty, MO. She resolved technical problems related to processing a wide variety of personnel and payroll actions, worked on the eCareer recruiting system, requested background checks and drug screenings, and reviewed and processed job applications. She has an extensive background in the Postal Service's recruiting and retention programs. Ledgerwood also writes job and career related articles for

GEORGE FOSTER has designed the cover for more than one thousand books for publishers large and small. Mr. Foster wrote the chapter on book cover design for the perennial bestseller 1001 Ways to Market Your Books (Open Horizons) and was interviewed about book covers for the acclaimed The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box (Behler Publications). He is a contributor to the ezine Book Marketing Matters.

Content editor for the new 7th edition. Dennis damp Jr. reviews published works and manages social media for Bookhven Press LLC.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter One
The U. S. Postal Service 
   Vacation & Sick Leave  
   Health & Life Insurance  
  Employee Classifications  
   Full-Time, Part-Time Flexible, Supplemental  
   Casual Temporary Employment 
  Qualification Requirements  
   Age Limit  
   Entrance Exams 
   Citizenship, Physical Requirements, State Drivers License  
  Drug Testing  
  Application Procedures  
   Positions That Don’t Require a Written Exam  
  Veterans Preference 
  Pay Scales  
  Postal Occupations With Over 1,000 Employees  
Chapter Two
The Hiring Process
  Employee classifications  
  Recruitment, Examinations, Registers  
Chapter Three
What Jobs Are Available 
Improving Your Chances  
Postal Clerks & Mail Carriers  
Nature of the Work  
Working Conditions, Employment  
Training, Advancement, Job Outlook  
   Related Occupations  
  Custodian and Custodial Laborer  
  Data Conversion Operator  
  Maintenance Positions  
  Motor Vehicle Operator  
  Processing, Distribution and Delivery  
  City Carrier & Clerk  
  Distribution Clerk/Machine & Flat Sorting Operators  
  Mail Handler/Processor  
  Automated Mark Up Clerk  
  Occupations List (Partial)  
Chapter Four
Customer Service and Sales District Offices
  Customer Service Districts  
   Great Lakes Area  
   Capital Metro Operations
   New York Metro Area  
   Northeast Area  
   Pacific Area  
   Southeast Area  
   Southwest Area  
   Western Area  
Chapter Five
Postal  Exams
  473 Major Entry-Level Exam  
  Skills Tests  
  Road Test Examination  
  Study Habits  
  Test Taking Strategies  
  Sample Exams  
   Motor Vehicle Operator Exam 91  
   Clerical Abilities Exam 710  
   Computer Based Exam 714  
   Maintenance Position Exam 931  
   Maintenance Position Exam 932  
   Maintenance Position Exam 933  
Chapter Six
The 473 & 473-C Postal Exam 
  Entry Level Jobs Covered by the 473 Exam 
  Exam Content 
   Address Cross Comparison (Part A) 
   Forms Completion 
   Coding (Part C Section 1) 
   Memory (Part C Section 2) 
   Personal Characteristics and Experience  
  General Information 
  Exam Overview 
  Test Taking Strategies 
  Address Checking Part A  
   Part A Practice Exam  
  Forms Checking Part B  
   Part B Practice Exam  
  Coding & Memory - (Section 1 Coding) Part C  
   Part C (Coding) Practice Exam  
  Coding & Memory - Part C (Section 2 Memorization)  
   Part C (Memorization) Practice Exams  
  Personal Characteristics & Experience Part D  
  Practice Exam Answer Sheets  
  Answers to Practice Exams  
Chapter Seven
The Interview Process
  Interview Types  
  Before the Interview  
   Assess Your Interviewing Skills  
   Evaluate Your Strength  
   Assess Your Overall Appearance  
  During the Interview  
   Introductory Phase  
   Middle Phase  
   Frequently Asked Questions  
   Sample Questions You Should Ask  
   Closing Phase  
  Illegal Questions  
  After the Interview  
Chapter Eight
Veterans Preference
  Veterans Preference  
   Five Point Preference  
   Ten Point Preference  
  Veterans Employment Opportunities Act  
  What Does it Mean  
  Veterans Readjustment Appointments (VRAs)  
Chapter Nine
Job Descriptions
   Position Descriptions - a Cross Section of Postal Occupations  
Chapter Ten
Occupation Directory
  Complete list of all 2,000 Post Office Jobs Including Pay  
Chapter Eleven
Postal Inspectors
  Requirements for U.S. Postal Inspectors 
  Recruiting Standards  
  Special Requirements  
  Application For U.S. Postal Inspectors 
  Completing Your Application  
  U.S. Postal Inspection Service Divisions  
Chapter Twelve
Civil Service Job Options
  Locating Job Vacancies  
  Nature of Federal Employment  
  Working Conditions  
  Pay and Benefits  
  Educational Requirements  
Appendix A
Job Hunters Checklist
Appendix B
Corporate Positions
Appendix C
Application Forms

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