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I did it!

I pass my last test for the training at the Post Office Encoding Center. I will be in mentoring for the next 4 days. After which I will start my regular schedule at the post office. I will be working from 19:00 to 23:00 with Tuesdays and Sundays off. This is a perfect schedule. On Sundays I have Arabic class and on Tuesdays there is usually a Pagan meeting going on somewhere in town. This schedule will also allow me to take a nap in between the day job and the night one.

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dendren
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
congrats... USPS is a good place to be. A bit stressful perhaps but good benefits (for now).
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks,
From all I have heard, the stress was in the tests, now they say it is a breeze.
pirateseasick
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Congratulations, handsome! *hug*
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hugs most welcome!
fogbear
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
Bravo! Now I know who to blame when my mail goes astray! (Yeah, yeah, I know you're in Wichita, but still...).

Seriously though, congratulations!
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks,
Ha ha ha, if it goes astray it may just be us. The Wichita facility is one of the largest encoding centers in the country. We do encoding for sorting stations from WA to FL.

coryblank
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Way to go! That is so wonderful, Scott!
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cory. Now the fun begins.
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redbearmark
Aug. 21st, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
beware!
The USPS does have good benefits and salary but you get hell to pay to get it.

They aren't hiring too much these days but mostly temporary workers with no benefits and a moderately decent salary.

Sanity versus security seems to be the question to ask.

I am actively working towards resigning from the USPS. It is ugly for the body and soul. Trading both for a wage isn't what I signed up for.
Re: beware! - kumazuki - Aug. 21st, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kumazuki - Aug. 21st, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
s2dbaker
Aug. 21st, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
I saw what goes on in the Post Office in that movie Men In Black II. Try not to grow an unsightly third or fourth arm.
redbearmark
Aug. 21st, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
I need to see that movie!
As a postal worker, I heard that truth was as strange as fiction. One of the aliens at the post office in the movie had the name of a coworker.

Too Funny!
(no subject) - kumazuki - Aug. 21st, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
cubdaddy
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
Congrats!
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I feel accomplished.
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kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, O!
It is was wonderful seeing you last weekend. It is always a highlight in my life when I get to visit with you.
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(no subject) - kumazuki - Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) - Expand
redbearmark
Aug. 21st, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
so that makes you?
a contract postal worker? A Casual?

Just wondering. As a union steward I am dealing with all kinds of things and just want to be up on things that happen to friends and workers alike.

Glad it works well for you on all counts!
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: so that makes you?
I am just a casual employee. basicly slave labor. But it is just a P/T job for me. I am doing it just for the extra money. I work for the County during the day.
Re: so that makes you? - pensivegargoyle - Aug. 21st, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: so that makes you? - kumazuki - Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
mississippicub
Aug. 21st, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
congrats!
kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Now the fun begins. :)
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kumazuki
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm sure it will do what I want it to, I just hope I don't it for too long.
djmadadam
Aug. 21st, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm essentially limp and lifeless, in between jobs and without a real career direction...

How long did your application to work for the USPS take? What were the requirements? Did you have to take some sort of exam?

Would someone like me WANT to work for the USPS? Someone like me is: autonomous, extroverted only when necessary, well-spoken, not into unclear role boundaries and chains of command, not into fixing people's problems (anymore... it became a headache and the compulsion toward doing so is too strong in a work role that straddles the ability to do so).
kumazuki
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
The process was excruciation. From the time that I applied it took almost 2 1/2 months.
First there is a general test. Out of the 1000 people who take it only 30% will pass. Then the typing test. from that 300 only 50% will pass. Then there is the pre-interview. Finger printing, eye test, medical screen and this where they try to "scare" you away. They tell you that you will work like dogs and that you have to be totally flexible, but that the Post office will not be at the least flexible in return. They loose 5-15 on that. When go in for an interview, there is a drug screen and more paperwork to fill out. Loose a few more. Training/keyboarding starts and not everyone will pass that. From the original 1000 only about 15 will make it. Then once you start, you are on probation for 90 day. At the end of the first 90 days they can choose to not re-up you.
But on the up side; the dress is shorts and T's, you can listen to music (IPod/MP3/CD) and you get a break ever 55 min. It is basicly in a giant warehouse with rows and rows of cubicles. the Cubicles are number in each row 1-70 and the rows are A-V with no interior walls. Kind of make you think.
(no subject) - djmadadam - Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:43 am (UTC) - Expand
lothithil
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Go you!

I'd never be able to work two jobs like that... I'm flat exhausted after just one! LOL!

Guess I'm going to have to get myself to the meet ups so I visit with you (((Irishbear)))
kumazuki
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Now that is a great Idea!
labeartorycub
Aug. 21st, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Best wishes on having two jobs though. It's not something I can do.
kumazuki
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought I would never do it again. About 15 years ago I had 2 full time jobs. I did that for a year. The money was great but I had no life. I sure hope this one will not last too long.
wakarimashta
Aug. 21st, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
YEAY !!!!!!
And how was Arabic class?
Delightful to have made your acquaintance..... I hope you don't mind thst I took the liberty of friending you....... Did I fuss sufficiently over that patch you did? > wow drool<
You're AMAZING........ and thank you for the tour of your ink.

kumazuki
Aug. 22nd, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: YEAY !!!!!!
Is that you Henry?
I was great to meet you too. I am very glad that you friended me.
I love the UsrID. わかりました That is brilliant!
I am very glad that you liked the patch I will get to work on one for you.

I look forward to meeting up with you again.
Re: YEAY !!!!!! - wakarimashta - Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: YEAY !!!!!! - kumazuki - Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: YEAY !!!!!! - wakarimashta - Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
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