Many people want to apply for a job at the Defense Department or other government agencies, but finding the right job opportunities on USAJobs.gov can be challenging.
The federal jobs site made some updates this past spring, revamping the page a bit. Here are some of those changes, as well as a few good things to know about the site and how it works.
First Thing’s First: What Is USAJobs?
If you’ve never used USA Jobs before, it’s the federal government’s job application website. It’s been around since 1996 and has come a long way in 20 years. It’s run by the Office of Personnel Management, and if you’re job searching, it’s definitely worth a look for any career. OPM said more than 14,000 federal job opportunities are available every day, 1 billion searches are conducted a year, and about 22 million applications are started in that time frame.
Users can be notified about new opportunities that match what they’re looking for. After putting in a search, just click the button that says “save this search” above the options that pop up. You can choose whether you want to be notified about new positions in that field daily, weekly or even monthly.
SAVED VS. ARCHIVED SEARCHES
For those of you who have been on the site and have already saved searches, if you saved it before April 8, it’s since been moved to the archives. But you can unarchive them. In your profile, click “saved searches,” and you’ll see two tabs: active and archived. Click archived. When you see the job you want to unarchive, simply click “unarchive.” It’ll move that job back to active.
If you still want to get notifications about those saved searches, you have to keep them unarchived.
USAJobs added more features over the past year that can help make your search more strategic. One of those features is a new search engine that’s more reliable. That’s in part due to the new filtering options that you’ll see on the right side of the search page. You can filter by the distance of jobs to your location, by pay or department, whether you want full- or part-time work, what your GS level is, etc.
The site did remove a few old filters and added some new ones, so if you’re moving an archived search back to saved, check the filters again to make sure you’re getting the results you want.
By Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity