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Feel like going Postal!

Tonight was the first real night of the new "Christmas Shift" at the post office. Everyone has to work 6 days and your night ends by the shift that you started at. But that is an arbitrary decision. It is said that everyone will work at least 8 hours with the possibility of 12 hours. Unless you sign a "early out sheet" this is not really what it sounds like. The early out sheet tonight were not even used. The mail was very low and my group got to clock out after 6.75 hours. I don't know how long I can keep this going. The pay is outrageous ($14/hr), but is my health and sanity worth it? I have some major bills that are not going to be paid off any time soon (even at this rate). But I guess every little bit helps. At least I can use my PDA/cell to get on Bear411 during breaks. There is a little bit of my sanity saved. I am going to try and stick it out until my birthday. I am hoping that it will be a great birthday present, to myself, that I can quite this fucking job!

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cubdaddy
Dec. 4th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
It's only temporary so don't let shitty job stuff get to you. The ball is in your court, always has been.

x0
kumazuki
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I have been trying to keep in mind that it is only 2 months out of the rest of my life.... I can do it.
djmadadam
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Get this: I'm going to take the USPS exam :)
kumazuki
Dec. 11th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
I wish you all the luck, my friend.


Remember the exam is designed to see how you follow directions. There are math problems and sorting questions and spelling questions but they really don't care if one can add or spell. Take it slow and you'll do great! you are an intellegent guy, you should have no problem.
djmadadam
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
So, are you just a seasonal employee, and that is why you have a timestamp on the end of your employment there?

Are any of the math problems algebraic in nature, and if so are they any more complicated than 2x + 2 = 18, let's say?

Realizing after the fact that I probably don't need it, although this is how I found the USPS exam, as advertised through a local newspaper classified section, I ordered a study guide and pre-testing service... which is refundable (1) if and when I am hired and complete my first week of employment, (2) if I am not offered a job after my first interview, (3) I don't pass the exam. Passing is 70. I was advised they give immediate preference, obviously, to those who score the highest.
kumazuki
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I don;t remember any algebraic problems. whole numbers and fractions. addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. All TE (Transional Employees) are on time limits called tours. Your tour can be 90 days, 120 days etc up to 360days. There are actually seveal exams. Each one is to weed out applicants. You are going to take the 1st exam. If you pass that, you will take a #2 Typing. #3 drug test. #4 Interview. #5 Health screening. #6 Keyboarding. At this point you are being paid by the post office but you are still now quite an employee yet. This part will take about 2 weeks and you can still fail. There are 25 different keyboard process to study/test and pass. Once you are past this. You will be employeed for a "tour" time. At the end of that tour time. you will be evaluated and they will either re-tour you are terminate you. This will be at the end of 470 hours completed.

djmadadam
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for all this additional information.

So, with 470 hours worth of additional testing and evaluation, it sounds like it's going to be an indoors job, at first, if anytyhing. I don't mind that. My ultimate goal would be to become a mail carrier.

At least the prep company that advertised and sold me this practice module agrees to refund the fee paid if I am hired and remain dutifully for a week past my hire date. I will hold them to that, in fact :O)
kumazuki
Dec. 12th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Adam, I thought you were going for the data entry jobs that the post office offers.
If you are hopeing to be a carrier, that is very different. In that case skip #2 and #6. I would guess that that other ones still apply. I'm sure you will make a great carrier. I just wish you were delivering in my neighborhood. WOOF!
djmadadam
Dec. 12th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
They may still test me on #'s 2 and 6. The woman I spoke with told me the general exam 473 will consist of portions testing memory, number sequencing, coding and verbal comprehension.

And, yeah, sorry... they would place me in a postal facility within 30 miles of my home which, sadly, does not include Wichita.

Edited at 2007-12-12 06:43 am (UTC)
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