Mail Processing Clerks Job Description video

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The U.S. Postal Service handles more mail than any other postal system in the world. Organizing this vital stream of letters and packages is the responsibility of Postal Service Sorters, Processors, and Machine Operators – also called Mail Processing Clerks. In small post offices, mail may be sorted by hand. In larger facilities, huge electronic letter sorting machines and computer scanning equipment are used. These federal workers make sure each and every item of mail has the proper postage …and is routed to the correct destination. This is a job that requires a sharp memory, good coordination and the ability to read quickly and accurately. Many tasks are performed while standing, and there's plenty of lifting and reaching involved. Sorting and processing an endless flow of mail can be repetitive, and during peak mailing periods, challenging. Night and weekend shifts are common. Most postal workers are trained on the job but you must meet specific criteria to obtain a position in this field and competition is high You need to be at least 18 or a high school graduate…a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. In addition, you must be physically fit, and pass the Postal Service exam…as well as machine aptitude and drug screening tests. Then be prepared to wait a year or more before even a part-time position becomes available. This is a career that will continue to attract more applicants than it has openings, because of its relatively low training requirements, good benefits and job security.

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