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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 12, 2016
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: (202) 606-2402

USAJOBS Updates Celebrate 20th Anniversary Milestone

Anniversary coincides with recent updates to make website more user friendly for Federal job applicants

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is kicking off the 20th anniversary celebration of the USAJOBS website this week, rounding out a nearly yearlong series of updates to the website based on technological advances and user research. These efforts have been pivotal to driving the continued transformation of USAJOBS.gov.

“I’m really excited about all of the progress we have made with USAJOBS,” said Acting OPM 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,” added Cobert.

Some of the updates from the past year include delivering a mobile-friendly responsive design website that replaced the USAJOBS app, a revised, step-by-step application process, a new user interface, a new help center, a new user profile experience, Federal job “mythbusters,” and a new landing page to draw users in to create a profile and begin their job search. For research purposes, OPM hosted focus groups, conducted interviews, and participated in user testing to gather feedback and redesign a website that reflects applicant needs.   

Looking back over the past twenty years, it is clear USAJOBS has come a long way. Prior to 1996, the entire process was paper based, and applicants were required to visit a Federal building just to view job announcements. The original site created in 1996 was basic, featuring only job openings, general information, and the ability to fill out an online application. As the years progressed the website was enhanced, allowing users to identify jobs within specific agencies and developing tools to support agency recruitment efforts, among many other updates.

Today, there are roughly 11 million accounts on USAJOBS, with 16 million resumes posted. One billion job searches are conducted annually, with more than 14 thousand jobs posted each month.  

Moving forward, USAJOBS will continue to provide relevant tools and resources to support job seekers in their quest for Federal employment, thus helping connect individuals to the right jobs that fit their talents, skills, and experience.

Federal job seekers can begin their search at https://www.usajobs.gov.

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