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    Does anyone work for the post office?

    Well they are hiring in my area starting off at 57k a year, and I sent off for my study mats for the test. First time I have ever had to pay to take a test for a job, but I guess it shows your are serious. If I get a job there that also means we can rent a house with a backyard, and I can have a garden, and the dogs will have room to run instead of an apartment!

    So anyone deal with the mail, and can tell me about the test? They told me what is on the test, and I think I will be having to study my butt off, and I wish my brother in law was here to help me with the number sequencing part because I suck at that unless it is not what i think it is, but if it is the thing when they give you a list of numbers, and what you to finish it, I think my head will explode. My goal is to at least score a 95% percent or above.

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    Re: Does anyone work for the post office?

    My dad worked for the PO in Boston for 25 years. When I was 18 he made me take the test because the starting pay was so good!

    Mind you, this was 14 years ago... but from what I recall, it wasn't TOO hard. It took a long time and I got a 92. I am no math / numbers wiz, so I was surprised at the score.

    I did not accept a job with them as it was a midnight shift at a sucky town. I went to college eventually and became a social worker.

    However, my Dad loved it (he moved up the ranks to a big boss after 15 years) and has a nice retirement health benefit package as well as a steady pension.

    Good luck!

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    I work for the Post Office, so do both of my parents. I'm a clerk (Sales and Service Associate ), and my parents are rural carriers. I was hired in December 2001, so I guess it's been 6 years now. I was 22 when I was hired.

    You don't have to pay to take the test; those ads are scams. Or, I shouldn't say scams, because they do send you the materials to help you study, and they are helpful, but the ads are a bit misleading, IMO. If you want better hiring info, go to www.usps.com/employment/

    Once you take (and pass) the test, you'll be on the hiring list, possibly for a long time. I was on the list for 3 years before they contacted me about a job. Your placement on the list depends on your test score---the higher you scored, the higher on the list you are. The likelyhood of a job opening up in your town are not really good. You might be be offered a job immediately, but a lot of the openings are in Alaska or somewhere like that. Nobody ever retires from the Postal Service, or so it seems. I work with a bunch of 60-year-old guys, and most of them plan to work for at least a few more years.

    You'll probably have to start with grunt work---the midnight shift, sorting parcels at 3 in the morning, doing all the stuff nobody else wants to do, starting in the smallest town imaginable, etc. But you work up, and the pay is good no matter where you start. Probably not $57,000 a year, though. Even my parents don't make that much. I think my boss makes about $60,000, and he's a Postmaster in a level 18 office. If I worked full time (I don't), I would make about $47,000. Full-time-regular positions are hard to come by.

    Most Postal jobs are hard, both physically and mentally. You have to be able to lift heavy parcels, and to remember who moved, and who's new, and whose kids have different last names.....etc.

    The test has changed since I took it, so I can't really help with that. I hear it's more practical now---when I took the test, it seemed like it was more of an I.Q. test, nothing to do with the actual job. I didn't think it was that hard. But I've always enjoyed mutiple-choice tests. I think (it was 9 years ago!) I scored a 93. I didn't study or prepare in any way.
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    Re: Does anyone work for the post office?

    Well the add is for my area and there are quite a few opens, and the money i sent is all refunded after I take the test even if I don't pass. I did my research before sending money also, and like I said a lot of them are hiring in my area. To be honest everywhere is hiring in my area well since the hurricane which is crazy considering it was over 2 years ago, and before the hurricane you had your work cut out for you looking for a job.

    I am hoping to score at least a 95 on it, and I know I can do that. I know a few older people that have retired from the post office and are doing quite well with the benefits. I don't want to work for the post office the rest of my life, but it is a nice start at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana1384 View Post
    I don't want to work for the post office the rest of my life, but it is a nice start at the moment.
    Haha, everybody says that, but once you're in, you're a lifer! Seriously, I only know one person who ever quit, and she basically had a nervous breakdown. And it wasn't easy for her to go....she'd storm into the office, scream "I QUIT!!!", and the next day, the boss would be at her house, trying to get her to come back. It's not easy for them to fire you, either. You'd have to bring a gun to work or something awful like that to be fired.

    Hmmm, I've never heard of a legitimate program where you paid to take the Postal test. There probably are a lot of openings in your area, I didn't think about that. Do you know if they're processing plant jobs, or local Post Office jobs? Personally, I don't think I'd like to work at a processing plant, but I know a lot of people who love it. Well, I wish you success on test taking!
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    Re: Does anyone work for the post office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Haha, everybody says that, but once you're in, you're a lifer! Seriously, I only know one person who ever quit, and she basically had a nervous breakdown. And it wasn't easy for her to go....she'd storm into the office, scream "I QUIT!!!", and the next day, the boss would be at her house, trying to get her to come back. It's not easy for them to fire you, either. You'd have to bring a gun to work or something awful like that to be fired.

    Hmmm, I've never heard of a legitimate program where you paid to take the Postal test. There probably are a lot of openings in your area, I didn't think about that. Do you know if they're processing plant jobs, or local Post Office jobs? Personally, I don't think I'd like to work at a processing plant, but I know a lot of people who love it. Well, I wish you success on test taking!

    Most of the jobs openings are local, they have clerk opens and processors, and I will be placed in my town or within 30 miles of my town. My brother in-law dad works for the post office, and he told me he had to pay to get registered and the test and all was refunded afterwards.

    Thanks for the good luck, I will need it!

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    Re: Does anyone work for the post office?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Most Postal jobs are hard, both physically and mentally. You have to be able to lift heavy parcels, and to remember who moved, and who's new, and whose kids have different last names.....etc.
    Why would you have to remember information about people like that? Isn't that what addresses are for, you deliver to the address? If my postal person is supposed to know who has moved, why do I still get mail for the last 3 residents? We filled out a card when we moved but I assumed that stuff was sorted electronically. Someone actually has to mentally keep track of that?

    I still get mail for my maiden name, and my mom for hers and she's been married 9 years. But it has my address on it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jesirose View Post
    Someone actually has to mentally keep track of that?
    Yes, to some extent. The forwarding mail is supposed to be caught by the machines, but a lot gets through. Yes, carriers are supposed to deliver as addressed, at least when they're not sure of who lives there. But, a lot of people get annoyed when they get the last person's mail. And people shouldn't be getting someone else's mail anyway---what if it's important, and they decide to keep it? So the carrier is supposed to keep track of who lives where. And the clerks, too, but they aren't as responsible for that as the carriers. I guess it's more noticable in smaller towns. In large cities, I'm sure the carriers can't keep track of everybody.

    About the payment, I guess I'm not sure about that. My mom took me to take the test when I was 19, and I guess she would have paid for it if any payment was required. I had no idea.
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    Those books are absolutely necessary to pass that test. However- the people that do the ads are not the post office, and the test is given as far as when it is scheduled( could be a year or more). I would suggest as mentioned to contact the usps ( the link given above) or call your local post office and ask for the human resources at their P& DC. ( processing and distrubution center). Usually the human resource department is located at the P& DC. They should be able to tell you when the test is ( and if being given at all..). You might also be interested in applying for the Supervisor program. They use to only hire from within, but lately its open for the outside to apply. Competition is fierce! And that is just to get in it, and then you are still tested ( not the same tests as the clerks) for several months.
    The ad is misleading in several ways. First you take the test, then depending on your score ( the higher the better) then you are placed on a waiting list. As positions become available, they take off that list. Its totally subject to how many people are being hired. The company you got that book from does not give the test, has nothing to do with the hiring of the post office, but the book is helpful to study for the test. However- I was on that list for a long time before I got " hired". I do not remember my score, but it was high. Its just that they were not hiring much at the time. Most of what else I would say has already been said. I just wanted to make sure you understood that its a long waiting process. Waiting for the test to come which could take who knows how long, taking it, get on a list, wait for that to happen etc.. Additionally your test is only good for so long ( I think two years) and if not hired, then its dropped off the list, and you have to take the test again to get back on the list.
    At the time I was hired, I was already working as a " casual" employee. ( rotating back and forth from clerk to mail hander).Then applied for the supervisor program, and made it the first time. That program is hard! They own you for 4 months. You will work whatever shift, at what ever plant or office. and still have to pass tests as they come up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borzoimom View Post
    Additionally your test is only good for so long ( I think two years) and if not hired, then its dropped off the list, and you have to take the test again to get back on the list.
    I think it's good for 3 years....I was just about the fall off the list when I was contacted.

    I did ask my mom, and she said she didn't have to pay anything for me to take the test, or register for it, or anything. The only thing you have to pay for is the books to study, and, like I said, I didn't do any of that. It's interesting that they'll refund your money after you take the test.....that seems unusual.

    Cool, borzoimom, I didn't know you work for USPS! What do you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    I think it's good for 3 years....I was just about the fall off the list when I was contacted.

    I did ask my mom, and she said she didn't have to pay anything for me to take the test, or register for it, or anything. The only thing you have to pay for is the books to study, and, like I said, I didn't do any of that. It's interesting that they'll refund your money after you take the test.....that seems unusual.

    Cool, borzoimom, I didn't know you work for USPS! What do you do?
    I was a Supervisor of Distribution Operations. (retired now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    I think it's good for 3 years....I was just about the fall off the list when I was contacted.

    I did ask my mom, and she said she didn't have to pay anything for me to take the test, or register for it, or anything. The only thing you have to pay for is the books to study, and, like I said, I didn't do any of that. It's interesting that they'll refund your money after you take the test.....that seems unusual.
    Well I called the correct people to make sure it was not a scam, and it is not. I was kinda shocked myself before I decided to go ahead and pay it. I called the local post offices and talked to management, and all and they said they were all hiring, and I asked them about the program I call, and that they were connected with the post offices in this area. They also send me a bunch of pretest also, so I know where I stand when it comes to studing, and test to take before I actully go take the big test.

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