How do I apply for U.S. Postal Service jobs and exams?

Under the current system, you first find an open Post Office job posting and apply for it online. You are scheduled for the Postal exam as you apply for the job, and you take the exam online within several days. Everything is done online.

Following is a recap of the Post Office recruitment section’s hiring and testing process with links to online resources. Also see our see our “How to Apply” and “What is on the Exam” videos at the bottom of this page.

1. As explained on our How to Apply page, you must first find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately their online job search function often does not work as intended due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a desired USPS job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but as would be expected with a bureaucratic government agency, you will encounter conflicting instructions and confusing forms to fill out. And there is great confusion about cover letters and other attachments that may or may not be needed or appropriate for different jobs. Our How to Really Get Postal Jobs book is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your USPS employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take the online Post Office exam as you apply. The vast majority of Postal jobs are filled from Post Office exam 473/473E. According to the Postal Service, this test carries an 80-90% failure rate, and only the top three applicants are invited for interviews. You must have one of the top three scores for any chance at all. Effective test preparation is essential, and interactive online practice tests – formatted exactly like the real thing – are an absolute necessity for mastering the incredible speed and foreign skills demanded. Our bestselling Complete Postal Exam 473/473E Interactive eGuide provides the effective test preparation so critically needed. Included are a comprehensive tutorial and ultra-realistic electronic practice exams. See the customer reviews to find out what others have to say about our test prep guide.