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Career Details :: Mail Clerks, Except Mail Machine Operators and Postal Service
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Duties include time-stamping, opening, reading, sorting, and routing incoming mail; sealing, stamping, and affixing postage to outgoing mail or packages; and keeping necessary records and completed forms.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Stamps date and time of receipt of incoming mail, and distributes and collects mail.
- Inspects wrapping, address, and appearance of outgoing package or letter for conformance to standards and accuracy.
- Records and maintains records of information such as charges and destination of insured, registered, or c.o.d. packages.
- Releases packages or letters to customer upon presentation of written notice or other identification.
- Sorts letters or packages into sacks or bins and places identifying tag on sack or bin, according to destination and type.
- Wraps packages or bundles by hand or using tying machine.
- Receives request for merchandise samples or promotional literature, prepares shipping slips, and mails samples or literature.
- Stacks bundles of bulk printed matter for shipment, and loads and unloads from trucks and conveyors.
- Seals or opens envelopes by hand or machine.
- Affixes postage to packages or letter by hand, or stamps with postage meter, and dispatches mail.
- Addresses packages or letters by hand, or using addressing machine, label, or stamp.
- Weighs packages or letters, computes charges, and accepts payment, using weight scale and rate chart.
- Answers inquiries regarding shipping or mailing policies.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Processing Information
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks
- Degree of Automation
- Consequence of Error