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  • Postmaster looking for qualified job applicants

  • Despite the U.S. Postal Service reporting a nearly $16 billion loss in 2012 and the upcoming elimination of Saturday letter delivery, carrier jobs are still available.

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  • Despite the U.S. Postal Service reporting a nearly $16 billion loss in 2012 and the upcoming elimination of Saturday letter delivery, carrier jobs are still available.
    The Independence Main Post Office, on West Lexington Avenue, is looking to hire an additional nine employees to set up a flexible staffing model for a five-day delivery system and a six-day delivery system of packages, said Roland Tidmore, an Independence postmaster whose installation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Truman Library.
    The Postal Service announced last month that Saturday letter delivery will end in August. On Thursday, Tidmore said the Postal Service is struggling to find enough qualified applicants for the current vacancies, relying solely on lobby posters and word-of-mouth as notification instead of traditional job advertisements or contracting with an employment agency.
    “We haven’t (advertised) because up until now, we’ve had plenty of qualified applicants to choose from,” Tidmore said. “I’d say in the last two months, we’ve done some hiring and we’re trying to recharge our hiring list to work off of.”
    With headlines of the post office struggles in the news recently, Tidmore said, many people also aren’t aware that the Postal Service is even hiring these days.
    “There’s been so much talk about the Post Office in the news that I think it’s overshadowing the fact that we’re hiring,” he said. “There’s just been no need to advertise in the past. It’s still a great place to work, and word of mouth has done a great job for us over the years.”
    Applications for the city carrier assistant positions closes at midnight Saturday. City carrier assistants start out with limited benefits, and after their first year, they can accumulate paid time off and health insurance benefits.
    Currently, a city carrier assistant works about 45 hours a week, starting at $15 an hour, Tidmore said. The number of hours worked per week fluctuates based on mail volume.
    “It’s almost like an apprenticeship,” Tidmore said. “As the needs arise, we’ll be converting these people into full-time employees.”
    Tidmore described the ideal applicant as physically fit, a self-starter and someone who can work on his or her own, delivering mail.
    To learn more about the job openings, visit www.usps.com and click “careers” under the bottom subsection “about.usps.com.”
    On the next screen, click on “search our latest job openings,” found on the right-hand side.
    Select “Missouri” under the “Location” heading, as well as “Customer Service/Delivery” under the “Functional Area” heading.
    The Independence positions are listed as “City Carrier Assistant 1 – 640 delivery areas.”
     

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