Tuesday, 26th January 2010
A Popular Online Database, USAJOBS.gov, Gets a Total Makeover
Much cleaner and easier to use. You'll notice some of the differences from the first time you visit the site. For example, the right column makes it easier to refine your search using one of several criteria and also set up an RSS feed of the search.
From Federal News Radio:
Note: An audio version of this report is available at the top of the article.
OPM Deputy Director Christine Griffin, in one of her first public appearances since she was confirmed for her new job, explains why any fix for the long dysfunctional Federal hiring process has to include revamping the website.
"This is the gateway, the front gate to federal employment," she told reporters during a briefing at OPM headquarters in Washington. "We receive 120 million hits per year, on this website alone."
Griffin says that since summer of last year, OPM has been working with its contractor, Monster Government Solutions, to revamp USAjobs.gov.
"This was a top-to-bottom refresh, a total make over. It focused on the applicants, making it simple and easy to use."
If you go to the new USAJobs.gov, what you will see bears a remarkable resemblance to the biggest search engine on the planet -- Google. That's by design, says Kim Bauhs, who helped lead the re-design of USAjobs.gov.
Bauhs says the new personalization features of USAjobs.gov will allow applicants to store documents related to their application within their personal portfolios on the site. And that includes resumes.
"You can either build a resume in USAjobs.gov, if you're not certain what kind of format the federal government likes to see, or you can upload a resume."
She goes on to say that using the resume-builder in the site allows an applicant's resume to be scanned electronically by employers within the government seeking to fill vacancies in their departments.
Bauhs says the new site will also allow applicants to track the status of their applications, something previously not possible. She says this feature puts the burden on federal agencies to frequently update the status of those applications in order for this feature to work.
Hat Tip: P.W.