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What is USAJOBS 3.0?


Over the past year, the Federal Government has made tremendous strides in streamlining the hiring process under the President’s Hiring Reform Initiative (  In order to continue to make progress, executive departments and agencies collaborated to enhance the Federal employment search portal, USAJOBS. 


The latest iteration--USAJOBS 3.0, is planned for implementation in October 2011.  Different from the current version, USAJOBS 3.0 has an increased capacity to provide applicants, hiring managers, and human resource professionals with information to improve the recruitment and hiring process, as well as provide robust and secure data standardization and sharing.


OPM will provide regular updates to agencies through multiple venues, including this email, blog, a bi-weekly newsletter to agencies, and through social media outlets, including GovLoop, Facebook, and Twitter. 


USAJOBS 3.0, What to Expect: A common repository for storing applicant resumes and all associated documents.


* Centralized access to recruiting tools, templates, policy, and guidance

* Integrated data collection points between USAJOBS and agency back-end Talent Acquisition Systems

* A common repository for storing applicant resumes and all associated documents

* More robust government-wide analytical reporting for use by agencies, OMB, and OPM

* Enhanced resume mining capabilities (i.e., via special hiring authorities)

* Improved logic for applicants that asks targeted questions based on previous responses

* Enhanced search capabilities

* Applicant tools to support and encourage career exploration (e.g., “if you like this job, you may also be interested in these”)


Discontinuation of Employer Services


* The first major change with 3.0 is the discontinuation of Employer Services, which has already been communicated with your agency points-of-contact. 

* On July 1, the ability to post and edit new jobs via Employer Services ended. Recruiters are now only able to view resumes, communicate with candidates, and close out existing announcements.

* All job opportunity announcements must have a closing date no later than August 1. 

* Total access to Employer Services will be discontinued effective October 1, 2011. So, be sure to print, download or retrieve any case files that might need to be maintained after October 1, 2011.

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