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Become A Postal Clerk

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Working As A Postal Clerk

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $33,779

    Average Salary

What Does A Postal Clerk Do At Montclair State University

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* Unloads incoming shipments from all trucks, and delivers the UPS/DHL and all common carrier packages to all departments on Campus.
* Collects letters to be mailed, wraps, weighs, and stamps outgoing packages to assure proper postage and handling.
* Records registered, insured, and valuable letters and packages and express mail as required by federal regulation.
* Helps unload the mail truck and, as required, drives the mail truck to assure continuity of service.
* As assigned, operates and performs routine maintenance on varied machines including: inserting and sealing machines, (electronic remote) meter machines, (perforated machines), automated presort machines or other presort operations, remote accounting system electronic scales, and performs the clerical duties subsidiary to their use.
* Takes care of all walk-ins which maybe staff doing purchasing from Central Stores or a student picking up a package, or even giving directions to a building on Campus to a truck driver.
* Performs the work involved in the receipt, date-stamping, and interoffice distribution of incoming letters and packages; sees that proper signatures are obtained where necessary.
* Performs the work involved in the folding, inserting, sealing, and labeling operations including the maintenance, service, and repair of related machines.
* Makes regular and special runs for the interoffice collections of outgoing mail; may drive, load, and/or unload the mail truck as necessary.
* Prepares outgoing mail for delivery to a state department post office; will weigh, stamp, and deliver outgoing mail directly to the U
* S. Post Office.
* Closely follows schedules of collection and delivery times and makes necessary adjustments for the expedition of emergency and peak mail loads.
* Moves packages and items from mail receiving area to storage area as needed.
* Sorts and places materials or items in warehouse in designated places.
* For items arriving that requires expeditious or immediate attention, contacts recipient or other staff member if area where items are to be stored is unknown.
* Provides delivery of most packages to central distribution points in the various academic and administrative buildings.
* Marks packages with identifying information using appropriate methods.
* Records receiving and shipping information as required for inventory or other purposes.
* Assist customers on the telephone and at the service counter; responds courtesy to mailing/shipping related questions.
* Scans tracking numbers on a palm pilot at the time of delivery.
* Also creates a label for packages without tracking numbers.
* Uses the palm pilot for signatures after scanning the tracking number at the time of delivery to the department.
* Uploads palm pilots to PC and then backs up the day’s deliveries on the PC.
* Ensures that information flows freely across the unit.
* Ensures that all staff and customers are treated with respect and courtesy.
* Participates in meetings and planning sessions as directed by the supervisor.
* Must be able to operate efficiently in a positive team environment and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with her/his supervisor.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
* This position is designated as essential.
* The designation of essential requires employees at these 24/7 facilities to be present due to inclement weather situations

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How To Become A Postal Clerk

General office clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their skills on the job.


General office clerks usually need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Courses in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software, may be particularly helpful.


General office clerks usually learn their skills while on the job. Their training typically lasts up to 1 month and may include instructions on office procedures, proper phone etiquette, and the use of office equipment.


General office clerks may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibility, such as executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

Advancement opportunities often depend on work experience and the knowledge of computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Clerks often provide general information to company staff, customers, or the public. They should be courteous and prompt with their responses.

Detail oriented. Clerks perform many clerical tasks, such as preparing bills that require attention to detail.

Organizational skills. Office clerks file and retrieve records. They need to keep records organized to be able to access them quickly and efficiently.

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Postal Clerk Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Zulu

  • Turkish

  • Persian

  • Filipino

  • Mandarin

  • Dari

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Korean

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Top Skills for A Postal Clerk


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Top Postal Clerk Skills

  1. Sort
  2. Procedures
  3. Postal Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sorted various packages, mail, and supplies for a large companies, prepared work orders and assignments.
  • Transfer sorted mail/parcels to designated areas according to established procedures.
  • Provide assistance to the public in complying with federal regulations of Postal Service and other federal agencies.
  • Prepared reports, maintained mailing addresses of military personnel, and investigated postal irregularities.
  • Sorted and distributed incoming and outgoing USPS, Express Mail, Registered packages.

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