USAJOBS Wish List
October 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm #83079
Kimberlyn J BauhsParticipant
If you were designing the ideal USAJOBS, what would you change? What features would it include that perhaps are not available today? If you were starting from scratch and could do anything, what would it look like?
October 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm #83085
-Career/interest tests to guide job seekers to job types. Federal occupational titles are often so obsure that only Feds know what they are, so we need to guide job seekers to possibilities.
-Job category search like they use on Career Builder - general categories (finance, HR, etc.).
-Job category recommendations to job seekers based on key words in resume.
-Search function for hiring managers so they can mine for potential candidates.
October 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm #83083
Hi Kim! So I've thought about this...
Overall, I think USAJOBS is a very useful search engine and I love my Search Agents! My comments for improvements mostly center around the Employer Services functionality. I think some of the functionality from USASTAFFING or the MGS products for working with applicants is overdue. And reports on each specialist, the number of vacancies and applicants they have worked with would be very helpful.
I think some of the most important changes to USAJOBS could come from the agencies -- the text of the vacancy announcements is often so generic that applicants don't have an opportunity to tell one job from another.
Hope these help!
October 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm #83081
I tend to agree with Steve about having realistic job previews, but I would go a step further and include video previews of jobs to show what the applicant can expect.
Besides posting resume, I would provide a "skype-like" application to schedule web interviews and conduct interviews with applicants.
I also agree with Steve about being able to "mine" the USAJOBS database and then send e-mail invitations to passive applicants.
I would require that all agencies use the same resume instead of requiring applicants to log into separate, agency-specific recruitment systems to complete the application.
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