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USAJOBS hits 20-year mark

The Office of Personnel Management this week touted a list of recent improvements to USAJOBS on the 20th anniversary of the federal employment website.

The Office of Personnel Management this week touted a list of recent improvements to USAJOBS on the 20th anniversary of the federal employment website.

New enhancements added over the past year—which OPM said were made based on research gleaned from focus groups, interviews, and user-testing feedback—included a mobile-friendly website to replace the USAJOBS app, a revised application process, a new user interface and a new help center. OPM also created a new landing page designed to direct new users to create a profile and begin a job search.

“I’m really excited about all of the progress we have made with USAJOBS,” said OPM acting Director Beth Cobert. “But this doesn’t mean our work is done. The USAJOBS team here at OPM will continue to solicit user feedback and make continuous enhancements to the website to improve the experience for applicants interested in federal service.”

OPM noted that the job application-process was paper-based prior to 1996, and applicants had to visit a federal building to view job announcements. The original site—while it brought job searches online—initially consisted only of posted job openings, general information and the ability to fill out an online application.

According to the agency, there currently are about 11 million USAJOBS accounts and 16 million resumes posted on the system. OPM said jobseekers conduct about 1 billion job searches each year, and about 14,000 jobs are posted each month.

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