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Master the New USAJOBS

Master the New USAJOBS

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

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Search for a job has never been easier now with USAJOBS. If you are unfamiliar with the job titles used in the federal government, it may be a little disconcerting to just put in a search for say an Inspector in Boise, ID and see no results. It might be easier to start browsing for jobs first to get a grasp of what federal agencies are hiring and in which states.

After searching around for a bit, I was surprised by how much easier it was to move around the website to find job vacancies. Opening up a vacancy announcement also showed that OPM took it seriously in trying to simplify the process as much as possible. There is a much more uniform layout for information about duties, qualifications, benefits, and how to apply. On the right side of every vacancy announcement is also information to where you can mail in your application (if you choose not to send it electronically) as well as point of contact to ask questions about a specific job. This was a huge gripe for many job seekers. Tip of the hat to OPM for making it easier to talk to a human being about a job.

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USAJOBS has tried to make it easier to actually apply for a job, but there are still quirks depending on federal agency you are applying for. It is vital that you follow the instructions very closely once USAJOBS takes you to finish you application at a federal agency website.

Not much has changed in the steps necessary to apply for a federal job, but the process itself is a test to see how well a potential employee can follow directions. Is it easier than before? Yes. Is it still a pain? Yes. But there is a bright side.

Before, if you applied for a position through USAJOBS, an application was sent into the bureaucratic ether of Application-stan, hopefully arriving to its destination before the Resume Yak decided to die.

Thankfully, OPM addresses this frustration with their Application Status dashboard which lays out which jobs you have applied for through USAJOBS and where they are in the process.

Federal agencies are in much better communication with USAJOBS.gov in providing updates towards the application process. The steps necessary to fill a federal job are still methodically arduous, OPM has done a good job of updating people along the way.

Overall, USAJOBS.gov is a much improved experience for job seekers to learn, search, and apply for a federal job. While there are still some steps necessary to streamline the steps of the application process, we are confident that OPM will rise to the challenge and continue to improve the experience.

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    JerryGJones

    over 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

    over 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

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

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

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    McConnell

    over 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

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    It really is terrible!

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    ladyinthewoods

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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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