My name is Shazadi Malik and I’m a parcel post distribution clerk at the Merrifield, VA, Processing and Distribution Center. I operate a machine that helps process packages, which are increasingly important to the Postal Service’s business.
In addition to operating the Automated Parcel Bundle Sorter, I help with special mailings when needed. I’m a team player.
I came to the United States from Pakistan in 1975. As a newcomer to this country, I found everything nice and clean and people always smiling.
One of my American friends encouraged me to apply for a job with USPS. After passing the employment test, I began my postal career in 1986. My first job was as a letter sorting machine clerk. By 1989, I was working with the Automated Parcel Bundle Sorter.
The technology has changed my duties over the years. I used to do a lot more manually. But the changes have been good for the Postal Service and good for me, too. Now I can sit and perform most of my tasks.
Outside of USPS, I enjoy cooking, knitting, sewing and spending time with my family. I take care of my mother since my father passed away. We live in Chantilly, VA, with my husband, who is a retired pharmacist. I have two children: a daughter, Malina, who teaches Advanced Placement chemistry, and a son, Saad, who is married and works in cybersecurity. Both of my children have master’s degrees.
USPS is part of my family. I have two siblings who also work for the Postal Service. There are a lot of things I like about working here — job security, the variety of opportunities and how junior people learn from people with seniority. I am blessed by God almighty in this country of ours that we so lovingly call America.