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Master the New USAJOBS

Master the New USAJOBS

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) unveiled a long-awaited update to USAJOBS.gov, the key hub for careers in the federal government. One of the most vocal frustrations with USAJOBS in the past was its confusing layout.

The new landing page attempts to address this with a much cleaner interface. We wondered how USAJOBS would improve the website experience in these three basic areas:

So how does the new USAJOBS stack up in these three areas?

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The big focus of the redesigned USAJOBS is quickly searching for available jobs, but how well do they explain the application process? Before you needed to hunt and peck to find any information. Now? Below the search bar are links that try to guide visitors to the proper place.

If you are a first time visitor, the website will guide you through creating an account, learning how to use USAJOBS, and start your job search. Simple.

They also include a section on explaining the allure of working for the U.S. government and include information about the day-to-day experiences that federal employees have. These come in the form of short videos.

The new USAJOBS includes information on special hiring events related to American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (the Stimulus Bill), Veterans, and the Intelligence Community.

Speaking of Veterans, there is a special website OPM created to assist Veterans if they pursue a career in the federal government. It’s located at: www.fedshirevets.gov. Veterans can receive specialized information about hiring preferences for federal jobs as well as education and training opportunities that are exclusively for Veterans.

In addition to reaching out the Veterans, the new USAJOBS makes sure to detail its commitment to expand access to employment by hiring people with disabilities.

Lastly, the landing page of USAJOBS makes it easy to find hiring programs for students and Senior Executive Service, which are like the CEO’s of various federal programs.

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    JerryGJones

    about 4 years ago

    62 comments

    It's not too bad, but the link to BROWSE JOBS needs to be bigger and more prominent. Without your link below, I never would have found that page. It should also have the text as "BROWSE ALL JOBS BY LOCATION".

    Nice changes, and less confusing, but I still can't find any jobs on there which fit me...unless I move to Washington, D.C....and I don't think that is going to happen.

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    karoltaylor

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Interesting article. Congratulations to Monster, who has the contract with OPM and made the upgrades. Excellent work. BTW, the last word in the second paragraph on page two should be vacancies. It is not possessive.

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    112030ab

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Are there jobs with the Government that a civilian can receive?

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    McConnell

    about 4 years ago

    354 comments

    Ladyinthewoods. USA.gov is different than usajobs.gov. If you go to usajobs.gov and click "browse jobs" on the homepage, you can find job listings by state or by federal agency. The information is also listed here: http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/browse.aspx

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    gilleseg

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    It really is terrible!

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    ladyinthewoods

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I do not like the new usa.gov web......now, you can not search via by: seeing HOW MANY # OF JOB OPENINGS ARE AVAIL PER STATE... and also you now can not see HOW MANY # OF JOBS AVAIL WITH EACH AGENCY LISTING ...or am I wrong? These 2 surfs are very very important to me with my job search and I've sent 2 emails twice into USA.gov asking them these 2 specific questions....and all I've received is the automated how to msg....but no specific ans to my two specific questions == SOMEONE PLS HELP ???

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    McConnell

    about 4 years ago

    354 comments

    Hi DMac, You can enter more than one resume in usajobs. Go to: https://my.usajobs.gov/resume/listresumes.aspx and then select "build new resume"

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    DMac_357

    about 4 years ago

    22 comments

    I wish USAJOBS.gov would let you enter more than one resume in their database. I was in the military and had 2 different military occupational specialties in my 21 years in uniform. Those 2 MOSs are vastly different and trying to apply to different jobs that close around the same time makes it hard to tailor my resume for one of those jobs. If I was able to have 2 different resumes in the system, I could tailor each of those resumes to the particular jobs and not have to worry about changing up my resume each time because I'm trying to beat the closing date of a job announcement.

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