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post #16 of 25
I had no idea the post office tests were so difficult. An uncle of mine is a post carrier here in Canada. Good luck with the test, Welly! Don't give up.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
I looked through the other US Postal Service 473 / 473-C study guides at Barnes & Noble including the one that I currently used by T. W. Parnell. None of them address Part D whatsoever. It looks like I will try the Postal Exam Secrets e-book on 12/30/2005. I will see how effective it really is. I am only 13 points away from getting the career at the USPS.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
I received my third out of four US Postal Service Exam 473 results: 78.20 out of 100.00. It was for the New Brunswick Post Office in NJ. I am waiting for one more exam result for the last exam that I took in 2005. These are discouraging results, but it is not enough to make me quit trying. I bought the Postal Exam Secrets manual and I will be going through it this month. I take responsibility for my results. I have got to be doing something wrong with my preparation for this exam. The new study manual tells me to budget 1 month of study time in advance of each exam and that I should take 3 practice exams to be sufficently prepared. It also recommends another book to work on practice drills for each section of the exam. I'll go get that book too. I simply do not understand what I am doing wrong because I am not allowed to review my results on each exam that I took so it is kind of taking a stab in the dark. I don't care how many study manuals or guides I buy, how many practice exams I have to take, and how many official exams I have to undergo to get this job...I will do it all until I get this job. The alternative, which is to continue my current job, is unacceptable.
post #19 of 25
Just out of curiosity (seriously) why do you want to work for USPS so badly? What is so lucrative about this job? It just seems to me there are lots of other jobs out there, and you shouldn't be pulling your hair out over this one.

I thought you were going to enter a masters program for writing? What ever happened to that idea? I hope you don't take this the wrong way, I really do mean no harm.
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
First of all, I've been asked that question or rather had it put in a statement to me before. The USPS is a very secure government job that is not really all that difficult to perform. There are a lot of benefits - never getting laid off, downsized, or worrying about whether the company will fold because it is an essential government service. The pay is pretty decent to start at around $18 USD per hour, but there is room for advancement in pay and rank going by the different government pay grades. There's also night pay, weekend pay, holiday pay, and Sunday premium pay in addition to the base salary and a lot of employees milk their overtime hours which is another way to get paid more money easily. Then, there is both a Federal pension and 401k and the health benefits are the same as other Federal employees which I think means Horizon Blue Cross / Blue Shield. Basically, there's no cost life insurance and the out of pocket costs of prescription drugs, vaccinations, medical exams, etc. is very very low. Then, the USPS will pay for my education if I can declare it is related to one of their many corporate positions or I can take a couple of business management courses and have it paid that way, I think.

I am still pusuing the MFA degree, but let me tell you: it is still risky business trying to make a living with a creative writing degree or getting into the fine arts. For every author or poet you see whose book was published, there are at least 1000 others who got rejected.

So, there you have it. I want the USPS job for its job security and I want to pursue the MFA degree because I want to try to make it as an author and poet. But, it takes time, patience, and a hell of a lot of determination. I've never really considered other careers because I simply am not interested. These two are it for me.

If I can afford to still be involved in this expensive headphone hi-fi hobby, get two college degrees, and even switch operating systems on my own, then I can become a USPS employee and get my MFA degree in time too. I simply won't give up because I'm obsessed (like how I'm obsessed with owning the Denon DVD 5910ci universal DVD player this year).
post #21 of 25
Welly, good for you! Keep your goals in sight and I hope you succeed.
post #22 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Welly Wu
First of all, I've been asked that question or rather had it put in a statement to me before. The USPS is a very secure government job that is not really all that difficult to perform. There are a lot of benefits - never getting laid off, downsized, or worrying about whether the company will fold because it is an essential government service. The pay is pretty decent to start at around $18 USD per hour, but there is room for advancement in pay and rank going by the different government pay grades. There's also night pay, weekend pay, holiday pay, and Sunday premium pay in addition to the base salary and a lot of employees milk their overtime hours which is another way to get paid more money easily. Then, there is both a Federal pension and 401k and the health benefits are the same as other Federal employees which I think means Horizon Blue Cross / Blue Shield. Basically, there's no cost life insurance and the out of pocket costs of prescription drugs, vaccinations, medical exams, etc. is very very low. Then, the USPS will pay for my education if I can declare it is related to one of their many corporate positions or I can take a couple of business management courses and have it paid that way, I think.

I am still pusuing the MFA degree, but let me tell you: it is still risky business trying to make a living with a creative writing degree or getting into the fine arts. For every author or poet you see whose book was published, there are at least 1000 others who got rejected.

So, there you have it. I want the USPS job for its job security and I want to pursue the MFA degree because I want to try to make it as an author and poet. But, it takes time, patience, and a hell of a lot of determination. I've never really considered other careers because I simply am not interested. These two are it for me.

If I can afford to still be involved in this expensive headphone hi-fi hobby, get two college degrees, and even switch operating systems on my own, then I can become a USPS employee and get my MFA degree in time too. I simply won't give up because I'm obsessed (like how I'm obsessed with owning the Denon DVD 5910ci universal DVD player this year).
Good answer. I always forget USPS is a federal organisation, and includes the government's great benefits. Anyway, good luck and I hope you get the job (and make it as a writer!).
post #23 of 25

human resources told me the highest score they have ever seen is a 87....

post #24 of 25

I took the personal assessment test tonight. I got a grade of  INELIGIBLE across the board!!!  How does one fail THAT????

post #25 of 25

"I took the personal assessment test tonight. I got a grade of  INELIGIBLE across the board!!!  How does one fail THAT????"

 

 

I have no idea how you failed the personality test??  Based on your use of CAPS and increasing amount of exclamation marks, I'd think you’re EXACTLY the mature and emotionally stable applicant they’d want working along side them!!!???

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