I had a fairly quick look at the new USAJobs.gov and mostly like it. It now seems to operate like a “real” job board. For example, I had a look at a posting and it appears the web page address (URL) for that posting is one that an agency can email to a client or otherwise advertise. The old site required the candidate to go to USAJobs.gov and then search for the job even when the employer was advertising a specific job. That process was, in short, bizarre.
Like all new sites I am sure that there are functions about this one which are temporary bridges to the final version. I hope, for example, that candidates who enter an agency name into the What field on the home page will be taken to the jobs posted by that agency. I entered “Internal Revenue Service” to see what one of our clients has running and was pretty surprised to be told by the site that there is no such agency. I then went to the advanced search page, selected Department of Treasury, and then selected Internal Revenue Service as the department. That may make sense to someone who understands the federal agency hierarchy but isn’t a huge part of the goal of the new USAJobs.gov site to make it easy for candidates who aren’t federal government insiders?
As a taxpayer, I’m excited about the new site as it should help the federal government recruit better candidates faster. But as the owner of college job board CollegeRecruiter.com, I know from first hand experience that the technology behind job boards is surprisingly complex and the interests between employer and candidate difficult to balance. OPM has its work cut out for it but I do believe they are up to the challenge.
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