Temporary Relief Carrier
Starting Wages: Wages vary by location. The average in 2009 was $13.00 per hour.
The Temporary Relief Carrier (TRC) job is a non-career relief position similar to the Rural Carrier Associate job except there’s no exam required and it has lower wages. TRC’s cover for full-time career Rural Carriers when the full-timer is out due to sick leave, vacation leave, days off, etc.
The Postal Service is always recruiting TRC’s because not everyone views this as a wonderful employment opportunity. This means that the job is easy to get because there is little competition. And the job does offer an advantage for those seeking a career position. The goal of many TRC’s is to get a career position, so they continually search for full-time job postings and apply for any feasible opportunities. And they can apply with little effort since they have already gone through the monumental effort of creating an online profile in the Postal application system. Here’s where the advantage of a TRC job comes in… They take the job’s required exam, and as long as their score is high enough to get an interview invitation, they have it made. They will breeze through the interview without question — assuming of course that they have been a valued and productive employee while working as a TRC. The interview will be a mere formality. When comparing a known productive employee against several unknowns, a Postmaster/interviewer will choose the known productive employee every time.