Mail Handler Assistant Jobs in louisiana

What is this job?

Mail Handler Assistants load and unload containers of mail and transport mail throughout a Postal facility. They work inside a Postal facility and who rarely sees the public.

Assistant jobs are the starting points for career positions. Most job postings on the USPS website are for Assistant jobs, and most career positions are filled by promoting Assistant employees. You must start as a Mail Handler Assistant in order to work your way into a career Mail Handler position. Assistants are typically hired for 360 day terms and can be reappointed for additional 360 day terms. See our Assistant Jobs page for details.

Wages can vary by location, but the average starting wage for a Mail Handler Assistant is about $15.00 per hour. Specific information on wages is provided on individual job postings. Once you convert to a career position, the average salary for a career Mail Handler is about $60,000 per year.

Some Assistant jobs may come with partial benefits either immediately or after the first 360 day term. Specific information on benefits is provided on individual job postings. Once you convert to a career position, you will have the full range of benefits for which the Postal Service is famous. See our Career Benefits page for details.

How do I get it?

Following is a brief recap of the hiring and testing process. See our How to apply page for full details.

1. First you must find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately the Postal Service online job search function is a nightmare that does not work as intended due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but the online application process is a seemingly endless series of conflicting instructions, confusing forms, electronic steps, cover letters, and attachments.  How to Really Get Postal Jobs is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants for Mail Handler Assistant jobs. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take an employment exam as you apply. The vast majority of all Postal jobs, including Mail Handler Assistant jobs, are filled from exam 473/473E. See our Exam 473/473E page for details on exam content. According to the Postal Service, this computerized test carries an 80-90% failure rate, and only the top three applicants are invited for interviews. So you must have one of the top three scores for any chance at all. Effective test preparation is essential, and interactive online practice tests - formatted exactly like the real thing - are an absolute necessity for mastering the incredible speed and foreign skills demanded. Our bestselling Complete Postal Exam 473 / 473E Interactive eGuide provides the effective test preparation so critically needed. Included are a comprehensive tutorial and ultrarealistic electronic practice exams. Such a small investment to assure such a valuable career opportunity!