The concept of working one’s way up the corporate ladder by starting in the mailroom is a common one. It’s a way to get your foot in the door without even securing a college degree. In some cases, it’s also way to pay for college while also beginning to network in one’s chosen industry.
But what exactly does a mailroom clerk do? And how can you use this job as a stepping stone to a future career?
As a mailroom clerk, you’ll be handling a lot of mail. Big surprise there, right? You’ll very likely get to know your local mailman and other delivery people pretty quickly.
As a mail room clerk, you’ll accept all incoming mail and packages addressed to the business. Then it’ll be up to you to process it all, sort it, and then deliver it to the intended recipient. You may also be tasked with delivering internal memos and mail. And, of course, you’ll likely be in charge of the mailroom itself as well – keeping things well maintained and organized.
Like a data entry clerk or an intern, you may also be tasked with other odd jobs. This will, of course, depend on the size of the company or firm and what work is available.
Being a mailroom clerk will mostly rely on your organizational and clerical skills. You’ll likely also need at least some technical knowledge like basic computer use and how to determine proper postage. In most instances, light lifting and mail cart usage is expected as well. Multitasking skills are incredibly useful, as is a strong ability to communicate well with others.
One of the major advantages to working in a mailroom is being able to meet lots of various staff members. From interns to the CEO, you’ll interact with pretty much everyone at all levels of the company. You should be prepared to make a lot of great first impressions.
While you typically don’t need much in the way of experience or education, a high school diploma is usually required. Occasionally, some companies will be willing to hire high highly ambitious school students in the summer.
Keep in mind, many other potential job candidates may have some post-secondary education. While working in a mailroom is an entry level job, it’s often one that’s more sought after than others.
As for training, that’s done on the job.
The job of a mailroom clerk varies and can pretty much be anywhere from $10 to $23 an hour. It does, however, depend on the industry and company.
These days, mailroom jobs are fewer, as many companies lean heavily on electronic communications. While there may still be positions available, especially at big companies in major metropolitan areas, they’ve become increasingly uncommon. Because of this, you may want to broaden your search for other entry level positions. We’d suggest also considering data entry, receptionist, and courier jobs.