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How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at United States Postal Service? What are the steps along the way?

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  • The length of the process also varies with the city you live/applied for. In big cities it takes longer because, there are many applicants. I applied in August (Miami area) and just last week completed my fingerprints.

  • I wanted to chime in on this, especially since it felt like an eternity and all I had was Google!

    Be patient. From applying to orientation it was about 5 weeks. About 3 weeks for the background check and fingerprinting to clear. If you know your past is good and you’ve done everything correctly, just try and trust in the process. Good luck!

  • Filled my application on 10/2/20
    Listed on preview list on 10/6/20

    Received motor vehicle records check consent on 10/14/20

    Got fingerprinted 10/21/20

    Received a position offering via telephone on 10/23/20

    Day 1 scheduled for 11/2/20

  • 7/27 Filled out application
    8/3 MVR check

    8/17 Conditional Job Offer

    8/19 Fingerprints

    8/21 Background Check

    8/26 Given Orientation originally for 8/31 Updated to 9/14

  • 4/8 - applied, received assessment invite same day
    4/16 - received motor vehicle record search

    4/21 - received conditional job offer along with NACI background check

    4/24 - received email to schedule fingerprints, got them done on 4/27 along with some paperwork and was told to just wait for email with orientation dates

    6/8 - received welcome letter in the mail with info about online employee self service (couldn’t do anything with it since I don’t have employee ID # yet)

    6/13 - finally received email with my orientation start date of 6/22


    this was an extremely long process and I completely understand why they tell you not to quit your job. it also is hard because there is literally no one to contact to see what stage of the process you’re in. best advice I have is to be very patient and DO NOT QUIT YOUR JOB. especially with the pandemic going on everything takes a while to process, but they will eventually get to you. good luck!

  • 3/23/2020 Applied for CCA
    3/24/2020 Took assessment 474-99.0%,475-98%, and 477-99%. I qualified for practically every job that can be offer by the USPS.

    3/30/2020 USPS drug test, NACI, and Motor vehicle check. (All completed the same day)

    5/29/2020 Finger print invite for (6/3/2020) all we did was fill an employee referral and fingerprinted. Took about 10 mins to complete.

    6/9/2020 Received a call from the district that I applied for to discuss a start date.

    6/10/2020 received general correspondence for my first day of work!

    6/15/2020 Will be starting first day of orientation, academy, and driving test.

    *Please note that even though I scored so high on my 3 assessments I believe my process took a little longer because I have a misdemeanor charge from 10 years ago that still looms over my record. But everything worked out and I’m in! Good luck to all!!

  • I applied like the last week of April, received a motor screen check or something the day before I got the conditional letter on May 6. Went for fingerprints a few days after but haven’t heard anything else and starting to get anxious

  • This is my timeline
    3-8-2020 Applied

    3-30-2020 Motor Vehicle Record Search Email

    4-2-2020 Lots of Emails. 4. Conditional Job Offer, ect

    4-4-2020 Drug Test at Local Clinic

    4-7-2020 Fingerprints at Local Post Office

    Told to wait for Orientation Letter. No update, no one to call or Email. I tried. Just wait.

    5-1-2020. Got my Orientation letter. It was a Friday and Orientation was 8am Tuesday. 4 days notice.

  • I started as a RCA got hire 10/28/19 after my finger prints they sent me orientation after 2 days of llv training than shadow day. Than they sent to 4 day adcamdey than after that I started my first day of work

  • The turnover rate is so extremely high that it only takes a week or two for the hiring process to be completed. They need people, but are unable to keep most.

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