Have you ever dreamed about going to Mars? Want to spend some time on the International Space Station? With USAJOBS, OPM is helping NASA find the next generation of future astronauts.
We are proud to support NASA’s efforts to recruit and hire our country’s future space explorers. Working with NASA to help and support the talent it needs to fulfill its exciting missions on and off this planet is just one example of OPM’s commitment to helping agencies across government attract, recruit, hire, and retain the best and most talented workforce to serve the American people.
USAJOBS.gov is the Federal Government’s one-stop shopping site for Federal jobs. We are transforming this site into more than just a place to apply for a job. We want prospective Federal employees to be able to explore USAJOBS to learn about what Federal careers they might be eligible for and how their skills and qualifications match up with particular positions. And, we want someone who is new to applying for Federal service to know what kind of career path and promotional possibilities lie ahead.
In fiscal year 2015, there were nearly 1.2 billion searches on USAJOBS.gov and nearly 350,000 Federal Job Opportunity Announcements posted.
In order to learn how best to make USAJOBS more user friendly, we went straight to users. We did interviews with college students, held focus groups, and we invited users to send us messages about how we could improve the customer experience.
One thing we learned is that we needed to make job announcements shorter, and in more plain language. We are doing that. We also created a map search page that allows applicants to click on a particular part of the country – and the world - and learn what job opportunities are there. You can also see where the jobs you want are located. Want to be a geologist? You can enter it on the map search page and see if and where the Federal Government has openings.
We’ve also improved the display of our site so you can easily find and apply for a job whether you are looking at USAJOBS on your mobile phone, your tablet, your laptop or desktop.
Early in the New Year, you’ll see a new look and feel on USAJOBS, a design that was driven by our users. It will be a more intuitive and easier to navigate. And more changes are on the way.
So whether you have worked in engineering, science, medicine, computer science, mathematics or other related fields and have looked up at the skies and wondered what it would be like to work in outer space, I invite you to go to USAJOBS.gov and search for Astronaut.
OPM is proud to help NASA and our sister agencies across the Federal Government recruit, train, develop, and retain the Federal workforce of today and the future.
I started my college tour this week with a visit to George Mason University. Talking to students is one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job as Director of the Office of Personnel Management. I want to visit as many campuses as possible to spread the word about the great opportunities for a career in the Federal government.
On Tuesday, I met with a group of students and faculty. The subject? Web sites. Two sites to be exact: healthcare.gov and usajobs.gov.
The deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces for this year is March 31. I urged the students to check out healthcare.gov to see all the plans available to them and the possible Federal assistance they can get to help pay the premiums.
Even if you already have health insurance, as I told the students, share the great information on healthcare.gov with anyone you know who needs health coverage. First bookmark the page for yourself. Then Tweet it, Post it. Text it. Like it. Share it. Vine it. Get the word out anywhere you can.
The other website I urged the George Mason community to look at was usajobs.gov. I especially told them to click on “Students and recent graduates.” That links to OPM’s Pathways page. There are listings for internships, jobs for recent graduates and information about the Presidential Management Fellows program.
It’s never too early for students to start planning their Federal career.
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