How To Become A Mailman

Want to know how to become a mailman? We see them in our neighborhoods just about every day, and it seems like a stable career. The education requirements are minimal, and the pay is relatively high. So how do you become a mailman? Follow these simple steps.

  1. First, you must meet the minimum qualifications to become a postal worker.  You must be at least 18 years old, be a high school graduate, be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident-alien status, and be registered with the Selective Service.
  2. If you meet these qualifications, the next step is to visit the United States Postal Service website and search their position vacancies to find a job in the area you'd like to work. If you don't see anything listed, contact your local post office to find out when the next exam will be given.
  3. All applicants for mail carrier positions must take an exam. Once you find a position you are interested in and send your application, you will receive an email with instructions to schedule your exam. Depending on the specific job, you may have to take the test in person, or you may be able to do it online. The exam tests your speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers, and your ability to memorize mail processes.
  4. If you pass the exam, it may take up to a year or two to be selected for a job, since there are many more applicants than there are available positions. Everyone who takes the test is listed in order of their scores, and when a vacancy becomes available one of the top three names will be selected. Test scores are usually good for two years.
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