You have all heard by now that the USAJOBS 3.0 transition did NOT go quite as well as we had hoped. The devastating result this has caused today for job seekers is that currently there are VERY FEW positions being posted.
I have heard this anecdotally from others, but today I put this to the test. I used the USAJOBS 3.0 Advanced Search to find IT Specialist positions for a client. My search was: IT Specialist, Washington, DC, GS 12/13, and Federal Employee. Search results: 119 positions. BUT … only 9 positions were IT Specialist positions; the rest were Contract Specialist, EEO Specialist, Public Affairs Specialists, etc. This number could be a historic low; I normally would find well over 100 IT Specialist positions using this type of search.
I do believe that in the next couple of months, as the USAJOBS 3.0 issues get resolved, there will be a backlog of vacancies that will be posted.
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