The Postal Service’s job fairs are attracting hundreds of applicants for seasonal and career positions as the organization ramps up for the busy winter holidays.
More than 500 people applied for jobs at a recent fair at the Milwaukee Main Post Office.
“We were hoping for around 100 people the first day and in the first hour, we already had 75,” said Lisa Wojnarowski, a USPS workforce planning specialist.
About 100 job seekers attended an event in Cincinnati, where they learned about the organization’s compensation packages and on-the-job training programs and received help beginning the online application process.
“They were very eager to learn about the positions available,” said Kelly Patterson, human resources manager for Ohio 2 District.
The job fairs are among dozens hosted by USPS across the nation as part of a major push to fill approximately 40,000 seasonal positions, as well as hundreds of career positions, this winter.
Attracting and retaining new employees is a focus of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan to achieve financial stability.
Preregistration, social distancing and face masks are required to attend the fairs, which include outdoor events like one in Charlotte, NC.
“We had cars lined up before the event started and they kept coming throughout the day,” said LeQuish Jackson, a customer service operations manager.
In addition to helping USPS fill jobs, the fairs allow the organization cultivate the next generation of its workforce, according to Linda Witherspoon, a Milwaukee customer service operations manager.
“We hope to find people who will bring new ideas to keep the Post Office going into the future,” she said.