The following step-by-step guide can be used for guidance as you begin your quest for a USPS job opportunity. It is important to work through each step before moving on to the next.
#1 – Visit the USPS Website to set up an account.
- Pay special attention to the requirements outlined in the USPS job posting. The best applications will show how your training, education, experience/skill set matches each of the requirements
#2 – Begin to research available postal job openings. Click the apply button when you find a post office job that interests you. This action will redirect you to your USPS profile to apply for the position.
#3 – Complete the online job application. Be thorough when completing the online application, as it is best to include all of your education, work experience, and any other previous accomplishments.
Helpful Hints for Completing the Post Office Job Application
- A job application can take up to a couple of hours to complete entirely.
- Job applicants should plan to use a Windows-based computer. Apple products are simply not compatible with the United States Postal Service’s digital application process.
- The USPS application system works best with either the Firefox or the Internet Explorer search engine.
- Application fields that have been identified with an asterisk (*) are mandated fields. You will not be able to move forward to the next part of the application until they have been completed.
- If you would like more information on post office jobs, go to this resource.
#4 – Successfully pass the examination.
Helpful Hints for Taking the Postal 473-Exam
- You will achieve your best effort if you arrive for the test well rested and well fed.
- Plan out how you will get to the test (i.e. the route and timing) days before the actual test date. To minimize surprises, try a practice run to the designated test center before the exam date.
- Breathe! When nervous, most people avoid taking deep breaths. Deep breathing physiologically mitigates nervousness and anticipatory stress.
- Dedicate sufficient preparation time.
- Learn how to monitor the pace at which you take the 473-exam.
Exam-takers must generate a score that exceeds 70 to pass the test. The higher you score, the better chance of nabbing that postal job.
#5 – After the exam, you may be called to participate in a pre-employment interview. This interview may be a group interview or a solo interview. The USPS interviewer is tasked with evaluating you on the following personal characteristics, attitudes, and skills –
- Your Communication Skills.
- Your Ability to be Adaptable to Changing Situations.
- Your level of Dependability.
- Your level of Cooperation.
Ultimately, the interviewer forms a hiring recommendation that is passed along to the final decision makers.