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‘Your Best’ connection

New career conference format aids networking

Virginia District Manager Gerald Roane welcomes employees to a career conference in Richmond, VA.

Postal Service employees are praising this year’s career conferences, which began in March with a format that ensures that all attendees — whatever their location — experience the same event.

More than 1,000 employees have attended the Delivering Your Best conferences, which are designed to equip employees with the tools they need to advance their careers.

Informational sessions — including how to improve job searching skills, apply for internal jobs and excel at the interview to land a position — and networking opportunities are highlighted.

“I met a lot of people who I’ve seen their names but not met them in person,” said Clarissa Davis, a rural carrier in Mechanicsville, VA, who attended a recent conference in Richmond, VA.

“The networking aspect of the conference was great,” she said.

Mechanicsville Postmaster Shalisa Smith agreed, saying it helped in “putting names to faces” and “talking to people one on one.”

Smith, who also attended the Richmond conference, found it “very informative for the newer people getting into management.”

Career conferences are part of the Postal Service’s efforts to develop its workforce, a major component of the Delivering for America plan.

According to USPS polling, 93 percent of attendees would strongly recommend attending a career conference to a co-worker.

More than 40 career conferences are planned during the remainder of this year in 27 states and Puerto Rico.

Employees who wish to find the location and date that works best for them can register online at rsvpBOOK.