Making the transition back to civilian life is not always easy, but finding employment often relieves a lot of the stress involved and makes the process go more smoothly. If you are just beginning your job search and looking for veteran-friendly employers, one of the best places to start is with the United States Postal Service.
An independent federal agency established in 1971, the USPS delivers almost half of all the world’s mail and employs more than 500,000 individuals—including over 113,000 veterans and military members. According to their Transitioning Military careers page, they value the leadership, reliability and technical skills veterans bring to an organization and make it their mission to help U.S. veterans find jobs with the Postal Service.
It’s not something we think about very often, but the USPS boasts one of the largest computer networks in the world. They reach more than 155 million homes and businesses in America and deliver mail to nearly 200 countries worldwide, relying on cutting-edge technology to guarantee accuracy, reliability and personal privacy. Because the U.S. Military utilizes some of the most sophisticated tech available today, veterans have a competitive edge over their civilian counterparts.
What kinds of jobs does the Postal Service offer?
The USPS is the second-largest employer in the United States. In addition to postal clerk and carrier positions, they offer jobs in plant operations, transportation and logistics, facilities management, customer service and mechanical maintenance. For military veterans, the Postal Service has a program to ensure applicants are placed in positions that match their specific skill set.
What about benefits?
It’s not just enough to get a job nowadays. Veterans, like most Americans, are looking for reliable work that comes with good benefits such as health insurance, education opportunities and paid time off. According to their website, the USPS offers a competitive salary as well as:
- Multiple health and life insurance choices (including dental and vision)
- Retirement and thrift savings plans
- Vacation time and sick leave
- Qualifying education assistance
How do I start the application process?
First things first, check out our résumé tips for veterans to make sure you have all of your t’s crossed and your i’s dotted. Next, make sure you have a copy of your DD214 showing your dates of service and type of discharge, since this is required by the Postal Service. Once you’re all set, head to the USPS job search page and apply for the position(s) you’re interested in; just be sure to point out your veteran status during the application process.
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