You want to land your dream job as a mail carrier, but you don’t know how. You’ve been turned down for the job multiple times and think it will never happen for you. Even worse, you’ve heard horror stories about how difficult being a mail carrier can be.
I hear those stories all the time from aspiring mail carriers who want to give up. But just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing or that there isn’t a way to make things easier on yourself!
In this article, I’ll go over everything you need to know about landing your dream job as a letter carrier.
From knowing what kind of requirements are involved in becoming one (and whether they’re right for you), through what kinds of things will help both before and after applying for jobs with USPS (or other delivery services).
We’ll cover everything from choosing clothes and equipment that will keep you safe while delivering packages all day long through driving techniques that make your route more efficient while also keeping yourself (and others) safe on the road at all times! Let’s get started!
Know Your Requirements
It’s important to know what your state requires of you, as well as your local post office and city. If you are looking for a job as a mail carrier in the United States, for example, check out the USPS website for more information about their requirements.
If you’re not sure what route would be available that fits your qualifications and location preferences, ask around at local post offices or check out this list of current routes available via USPS Jobs.
Once you have an idea of where you want to work and how many hours/days per week is required (and whether or not this schedule fits into your lifestyle), then it’s time to get serious about actually applying!
Take Tests All Over Again
You can take the test multiple times, in different locations, and different languages. You can also choose to take it on paper or electronically. If you prefer to write your answers by hand and not use a computer, there are special pencils provided for taking that type of test.
Make A Study Guide
Ideally, you should make a study guide by writing down the material on your own paper. This is because it’s easier to read and understand written text than it is when it’s just words on a screen.
However, if you don’t have access to the paper (or prefer not to write by hand), there are other options for creating your study guide:
- Write out what you want to learn on any device with word processing software installed.
- Use an app like Evernote or OneNote that syncs across all of your devices so that you can use them as a central hub for all of your notes and reference materials.
Be In The Best Shape Of Your Life
In terms of physical fitness, you should be in the best shape of your life. This will help you to:
- Lift heavy packages and mail sacks
- Walk long distances without feeling tired or losing focus
- Stand up for long periods without getting tired or sore feet/ankles/knees (or back)
Because a mail carrier’s workday can involve hauling packages that weigh up to 70 pounds, it’s essential that they are physically fit. Mail carriers must also be able to lift mail sacks full of letters and parcels into trucks, which could add another 50 pounds or more to their workload.
The key is not only being physically strong enough but also having endurance and stamina so that your body doesn’t get fatigued while on the job.
Prepare For An Interview
Before you can land your dream job as a mail carrier, you have to prepare for the interview. To get ready, follow these tips:
Dress appropriately. You don’t want to show up looking like you just rolled out of bed and expect that to be okay. You should also make sure that whatever you wear is comfortable enough for long days on your feet.
Be confident! Confidence comes from knowing what you’re talking about and being able to back up everything with facts and figures or examples from previous jobs/life experiences (if applicable).
Be polite! In most cases, this means saying “please” and “thank you,” but depending on how formal they are with their employees (and vice versa).
It could also mean passing along any additional information they request such as forms filled out prior etcetera ad infinitum ad nauseam…
Know What You Are Getting Into
Now that you have a good idea of the benefits and challenges of becoming a mail carrier, it’s time to get into some details about what the job will actually entail.
As with most jobs, there are positives and negatives. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider pursuing this position:
You will be on your feet all day. This is not for everyone, but if you don’t mind the constant walking then it shouldn’t be an issue at all. You’ll also be required to lift packages occasionally, so it’s important to stay in shape while working out regularly before starting this role!
Don’t let anything slow down your progress – make sure not only that you’re physically fit but also mentally prepared for everything ahead. If there’s any way we can help with either one of those things (or both), please don’t hesitate – contact us today!
The best way to prepare for the job of mail carrier is to practice driving. You should practice driving on a closed course, in a city environment, and on different kinds of roads.
You should also practice driving at night and in various weather conditions. It’s also important that you learn how to drive in many types of traffic situations, including different road conditions such as rain or snow.
This is where having some hands-on experience will help!
Take Practice Mail Carrier Exams
Practice tests: Take several practice mail carrier exams to find out how well you’re doing. These tests are available online, in book form and in a classroom setting. They’re also offered at training centers and testing centers, which might be located near you or far away.
What to look for: The most important thing is that the test is valid and reliable. If a test has an official seal on it, then it’s probably okay because other people have taken it before you and they passed (or failed).
You want a valid assessment of your skills so that when you get ready for job interviews, employers will know what kind of employee they’re getting!
Get The Right Equipment
If you’re ready for the challenge, start by getting the right equipment. Along with a sturdy pair of boots and a reliable vehicle, mail carriers need all kinds of protective clothing to keep them safe during their daily rounds.
They’ll need rain gear so they can brave inclement weather without getting drenched or too chilled.
They’ll also need goggles to protect their eyes from flying debris and strong gloves that will prevent them from suffering injuries when collecting mail from mailboxes or sorting letters into bins at the post office.
Mail carriers should also invest in sturdy footwear that can handle uneven terrain and possibly even rough weather conditions.
Mailmen who carry heavy backpacks through dense forests or along steep mountainsides might want to consider purchasing hiking shoes that provide stability and traction over slippery surfaces like mud or wet leaves on an incline path (or if there are steps involved!).
Finally, if your job requires you to walk long distances each day without stopping then it’s important that
Get The Right Clothes
When you’re out delivering mail, it’s important to wear clothes that are comfortable and functional. If you’re going to be walking around in the sun all day, make sure that your shoes have good arch support.
When it rains or snows, make sure your jacket has a hood that zips up all the way across your face so rain won’t fall into your eyes. Gloves are also important because they keep hands from getting cold on cold days and protect them from splinters on rainy days.
Earplugs help protect hearing from shouting dogs or loud music coming from open windows (although some people prefer not using earplugs because they feel like it can interfere with their sense of hearing).
Finally, scarves can protect necks from catching a cold when entering buildings during winter months or even just staying warm in general!
Sunscreen is also essential for anyone who works outdoors; even if it doesn’t seem sunny outside at first glance (or even if clouds may be blocking out rays), UV rays can still penetrate through clouds and cause damage!
Don’t Forget Safety First!
You want to look good in your uniform and make a great impression on the people you meet. But don’t forget that safety is always the top priority! When you’re riding around in your truck, there are a few key things to remember:
Wear the right clothes and shoes. The NALC advises wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket with reflective material, work boots with steel toes and non-slip soles; as well as gloves during cold weather (except for those who have been trained for certain tasks).
Wear a helmet! If your employer provides one for you, use it every time you get on or off your route. And if they don’t provide helmets, buy one yourself it’s worth knowing how much damage could be done by an unexpected fall from the bike rack.
Make sure that any items being carried in backpacks are balanced so they don’t throw off balance when turning corners on narrow streets or at crosswalks near intersections where pedestrians may dart out unexpectedly (yes even if no stop signs are present).
It’s also important not to overload yourself with heavy packages; this will prevent accidents while delivering mail quickly throughout neighborhoods where traffic patterns change hourly due to construction zones.”
Stay Out Of Trouble
Don’t be a troublemaker. This one should be obvious, but it isn’t to many people. Don’t get into fights, don’t get into trouble with the law (even if you’re the victim), don’t get into trouble with your boss or coworkers, and don’t cause problems for other postal workers.
Stay out of trouble when on the job by having good communication skills and showing respect for others, especially those you may disagree with politically or religiously.
Remember that everyone makes mistakes at some point in their lives but it’s how we respond to those mistakes that counts!
If something goes wrong during your shift (which it inevitably will), try not to freak out about it; instead, think up possible solutions (or ask someone else) and go from there!
Get A Foot In The Door By Working As A Substitute Mail Carrier Or Seasonal Worker First
If you’re just starting out and don’t have any experience as a mail carrier, getting a foot in the door can be hard.
The first step is to work as a substitute mail carrier or seasonal worker for an established postal service; this way, you’ll get exposure to the job without committing yourself to one service provider.
In addition, once you’ve gained some experience working as a substitute or seasonal employee, it will be easier for you to get hired by other companies because they’ll know what kind of worker they’re getting when they hire you.
Keep Applying Even If You Have Been Denied Once, Twice, Or Even More Times Before!
Keep applying! Just because you have been denied once, twice, or even more times before doesn’t mean that your dream job as mail carrier is no longer possible.
Sometimes it just takes a little extra work to get the job. If you are denied, ask for feedback on how to improve your application and try again!
If you’re still having trouble finding work after being denied by multiple routes and/or carriers, try another route/carrier combination.
For example: if they said they like your driving record but not your experience with delivering mail in remote areas (or vice versa).
Then go ahead and apply for one of these two things separately so that there’s no confusion when it comes to who gets chosen for interviews and how long those interviews last before making decisions about who gets hired at all
If you’re serious about becoming a mail carrier and getting the job, it is not going to be easy. You might have to take some tests again or even reapply, but don’t give up!
There are many great benefits that come with being a mail carrier, including good pay and flexible hours. Plus, if you like being outside in nature then this job is perfect for you! If this sounds like something worth pursuing then go out there and do it!