USAJOBS 3.0 went up last Wednesday! Have you checked it out? Our reviews have found some important updates to USAJOBS that you will want to be aware of. We have certainly heard some complaints about accessing the new site and the advanced search function. However, the resume builder has clearly been improved with new features and additional space. This change can make a big difference for the savvy federal job search applicant who can adjust their resume to take advantage of these improvements.
Find out what you need to know and what you need to do to improve your resume visibility in USAJOBS 3.0. Join our upcoming webinars to get the details of our review and our recommendations. Our USAJOBS 3.0 webinars are being offered once a month for the next few months. The first webinar is THIS FRIDAY–don’t miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game! Register now »
Here are some immediate improvements to USAJOBS that we want to make sure you know about:
- USAJOBS will now be searchable by HR recruiters!
- USAJOBS 3.0 allows you to customize your job search.
- Your USAJOBS account is now managed by your email ID.
- USAJOBS 3.0 has a new Profile format with five pages of questions to answer to update your information.
- Work Experience Block space limit has increased from 3,000 characters with spaces to 5,000 characters with spaces.
- Work Experience job listings are now at the top of the Work Experience page. This helps resume writers to quickly see which jobs they have already listed without having to scroll down to the bottom of the page. The same improvement has been made for the Education section.
- Now there are expand and shrink functions that allow you to see up to 50 lines of type in the Work Experience block, a huge increase from the previous 15 lines, making it easier for resume writers to get the full picture of their writing.
- Training and Publications increased to 5,000 characters with spaces from previous 3,000 characters.
- Final Resume View comes up automatically for you to quickly preview your final product and get a look at how the recruiters will view your resume. Make sure you use this opportunity to proof your resume carefully and make changes to improve the readability of your resume.
- Resume Upload: Now you can upload a Word document version of your resume into USAJOBS to be searchable by recruiters. There is even a sample federal resume that is acceptable, and tips for writing a good federal resume on this page.
Learn how to translate these changes into federal job search success in USAJOBS 3.0.
Here are some of the questions we will answer in our webinars:
- How can you make the most of the additional space for your resume?
- What changes should you make to your resume to make it more searchable in the new system?
- What does it mean that you can customize my job search?
- What is this feature? How can you use it to improve your chances of getting your resume recognized?
- What are the tips you should know for filling out the five-page profile section to make your information more visible to HR recruiters?
- What should you be careful about when managing your account information in the new system?
- How are the hiring eligibility and preferences fields being used by HR?
- What do you do with your Social Security number in USAJOBS 3.0?
- What do you writing the 500 character personal information block?
Overall, the improvements in the Profile, Resume Builder, and Resume Upload are very good. I especially like the restructure of the Work Experience and Education pages, so that the listing of jobs and education is on the top screen. And the 5,000 characters are now great (especially for former CHART resumes), and I like the Expand and Shrink work experience blocks. AND … the final preview of the resume before the FINISH button is really nice. That is a great finale for a lot of hard work!
Thank you, USAJOBS 3.0 Resume Builder Team. This is a great improvement for thousands of resume builders who would like to land a federal job or internship! Kathryn Troutman, Author, Federal Resume Guidebook, 5th Ed.