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 Shortcuts to Your Post Office Job guide is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search and the frustrating application process.

3. You are scheduled to take an online Post Office exam as you apply. The vast majority of Postal jobs are filled from new exams 474, 475, 476 & 477. Effective preparation is essential for these four new tests. It is imperative to achieve you highest possible score the first time around because you can only take these exams once a year and because only the top three scoring applicants are invited to interviews. You must have one of the top three scores for any chance at all. Our bestselling USPS Virtual Entry Assessment Test Prep Guide provides the effective test preparation so critically needed. Included are comprehensive tutorials and ultra-realistic practice exams.