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Finding their voices

TV show inspires career conference competition

Career conference
Southern Area VP Jo Ann Feindt leads “The Voice”-style competition with Dallas Retail Associate Monica Howard.

To raise your career profile, sometimes you have to raise your voice.

More than 300 Postal Service employees learned this during a recent career conference organized by Dallas District. The two-day meeting included a networking exercise inspired by the popular musical competition series “The Voice.”

Instead of singing, though, participants were judged on their “elevator speeches,” short talks highlighting their qualifications.

“Members of my team are here looking for talent, and it’s here in abundance,” said Dallas District Manager Tim Costello. “We’re thrilled … that we have employees ready to get to the next level.”

Career conferences — which USPS districts organize throughout the nation — are part of the Postal Service’s broader emphasis on workforce development.

Attendees at Dallas District’s meeting also received updates on Postal Service priorities and an overview of eCareer, the site that allows employees to search and apply for USPS positions.

“We provided demonstrations for employees who had never used the website [and guidance] for employees who knew how to apply, but just needed to polish up on their interview skills,” said Dallas District Diversity and Development Manager Grace Spivey.

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