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Become A Contract Mail Carrier

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Working As A Contract Mail Carrier

  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $56,750

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Contract Mail Carrier does

  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
  • Record address changes and redirect mail for those addresses.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Unload and sort items collected along delivery routes.
  • Start at 7am sort through packages on my route for nikiski and put away in order.
  • Supervised staff of 10 mail receipts and contract analysts.
  • Review and audit all driver paperwork, including all bills of lading from deliveries, and for out bound shipments.
  • Sorted and delivered USPS mail, accountable(s) and packages to approximately 260 postal customers.
  • Provide customers with peace of mind in transitioning households from one location to another.
  • Scanned and delivered large and small packages daily.
  • Solicited new accounts, attracting 100 new subscribers over two years.
  • Report any unusual circumstances concerning mail delivery, including the condition of street letter boxes.
  • Answer customers' questions about postal services and regulations.

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How To Become A Contract Mail Carrier

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become a postal service worker. All applicants for these jobs must take a written exam. 

Education

Although there is no specific postsecondary education requirement to become a postal service worker, all applicants must have a good command of English.

Postal service mail carriers must be at least 18 years old. They must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident-alien status. Males must have registered with the Selective Service when they reached age 18.

All applicants must pass a written exam that measures speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers and the ability to memorize mail distribution procedures. Jobseekers should contact the post office or mail processing center where they want to work to find out when exams are given.

When accepted, applicants must undergo a criminal background check and pass a physical exam and a drug test. Applicants also may be asked to show that they can lift and handle heavy mail sacks. Mail carriers who drive at work must have a safe driving record, and applicants must receive a passing grade on a road test.

Training

Newly hired postal service workers receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting less than 1 month. Those who have a mail route may initially work alongside an experienced carrier.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Postal service workers, particularly clerks, regularly interact with customers. As a result, they must be courteous and tactful and provide good client service. 

Physical stamina. Postal service workers, particularly carriers, must be able to stand or walk for long periods.

Physical strength. Postal service workers must be able to lift heavy mail bags and parcels without injuring themselves.

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Top Skills for A Contract Mail Carrier

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Top Contract Mail Carrier Skills

  1. Delivery Sequence
  2. 7AM Sort
  3. Newspaper Bundles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Start at 7am sort through packages on my route for nikiski and put away in order.
  • Sorted and delivered USPS mail, accountable(s) and packages to approximately 260 postal customers.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Answer customers' questions about postal services and regulations.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.