USAJOBS will be shut down Oct. 6-13th for Upgrade!
If you find the USAJOBS federal job application system frustrating and difficult, there’s some good news coming your way. The Office
of Personnel Management (OPM) is about to give the government jobs website a complete makeover.
The newly redone website is set to make its debut on October 13th. Agencies will be closing all
announcements by October 6th, so the old system can be taken off line and the new one set up, and all
data moved over. OPM is promising a few new changes that job applicants should like.
First, according to OPM associate director of employee services Angela Bailey, OPM will be able to
search resumes for specific applicant information. This is a process that currently takes months. The
result will be quicker, more efficient, better-targeted recruiting efforts. Agency recruiters will be able to
find and use data and information much more quickly.
In addition, the goal is to make the system more user-friendly. Job seekers will only have to enter
personal information once. Users will also be able to expect improved search results with details about
salaries, grade levels and job categories.
OPM is working on more changes to streamline the federal hiring process, including a skills testing tool,
to replace the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) statements that applicants are currently trying to squeeze into their resumes. Stay tuned. It looks like more change is on the way.
If you applied for a federal job between late afternoon Sunday, August 7, 2011 and midday Tuesday, August 9, 2011 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has some bad news for you and 70,000 of your closest friends: Your application is lost in cyberspace and it isn’t coming back. The USA Staffing system was unexpectedly taken offline on August 9th, according to a message first posted on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) server. The error occurred during routine maintenance, but the only way to fix it was to take it entirely offline and restore it to its pre-glitch form. This means any work done during those two days was erased. Many more people who tried to apply for positions on August 10th found that they couldn’t. The result was a flurry of complaints posted on the USAJobs Facebook page. OPM has apologized for the problem.
The good news is that anyone who applied during that time is getting a second chance. Any position that closed between August 7th and 10th has now had its deadline extended to August 15th. In addition, HHS says anyone whose application was affected by the outage will receive a notice from OPM. That means that if you applied during this time, it’s time to make sure your resume and supporting documents are still organized and together. The government is making sure you can still take that shot at the job you want.
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The Federal Times published an article regarding the USA Staffing computer glitch.