Description: The following passage mainly focuses on usajobs login, in which the author wonders how long his information will remain relevant or if changes will be made. USA Jobs has become the center point for applying for jobs with the US government.
I’m going to display exactly why I hate applying for jobs by USA Jobs, some people might say if you don’t like using USA jobs, you can use something else, USA Jobs has become the center point for applying for jobs with the US government.
My first problem is the searches, first you put in some search criteria and let it go, if you have a wide range of skills, don’t hurt yourself by putting in specific words or phrases, chances are the Department issuing job posting has not written your keywords into their posting.
Even though your targeted jobs may be available, they might not come up in your search results, I suggest you limit your searches to specific areas or agencies and not by job title, surely you’ll have to start the list for what you want, but you’ll find the results of this method much more plentiful.
Second problem is your results, USAJOBS will want to separate the available jobs to those available to US citizens and to federal employees, I don’t have a problem with this, except many of the jobs would come up, under federal employees are also open to VEOA eligible applicants.
This means that people are not currently federal employees by veterans, the people who are not employed by the US government are US citizens who also happen to be veterans, these results will not be visible in the US citizens listings.
You find a result that you like, but the results page does not display if a clearance is needed, you didn’t get that information until you open the posting, this sounds like a nitpick, but it weighs heavily on whether someone would apply for the job or not.
In my opinion, they could put clearance in place of Department since the agency is listed and usually identifies the Department in its name, you open the job posting, you get all kinds of neat information, a header can’t complain about that, except it does not usually tell you the exact unit you’ll be applying for.
The agency is displayed but that’s one level below the military branch, it’s not very descriptive, salary range is a real tease, sometimes there’s a great difference between the minimum and maximum pay, but it may be your net pay or the equivalent of your pay after benefits some of which you might not be getting depending on how or where you are hired.
Open period is straightforward, there is a minimum time period when your job has to be available, I’m not sure, but there’s definitely not a maximum time limit, pay close attention to this, because agencies like dodea post jobs that stay open for months.
Let me pick someone out if they need it if you wonder who they’re looking for, the HR for dodea calls this pool hiring, I think this is wrong because when someone’s looking for a job, they want it now or soon, you would also like to think that within a week or two, you would start hearing about your status for the position, I assure you this is not the case.
But I’ll get to that in a second, let’s look at some other things that are in the job postings, read the jobs summary as well as the about the position text, ask yourself if it describes a summary of a job or a position, this is not relevant to the job.
Both of them typically describe the area which the job is located almost like a travel agent, it has nothing about the job itself, its title says that it is most common that these two worthless blocks are the exact same copy and paste texts as 90% of the other jobs listed in your search results.
But there is an irony here, unless the job is one of the few that pay either relocation, Warren are not concerned with narrowing their applicants search to only locals, a majority of positions list the requirement that applicants need to be within commuting area of the job.
If this is the case and you already live there, why do you need a description of where you already live? I digress, the humane apply section should be labeled who has the patience to read through a bunch of links, any one of them will definitely find some way to disqualify you.
Another note for the VEOA, I have fallen into this trap four times, sometimes when doing a job posting which is under the federal employees list in the header of the post, it lists VEOA eligibles, but in the lower who may apply section VEOA might be absent.
This is obviously a lazy quirk by the cut and paste idiot who posted the job, you never know which text is correct until you apply, this can have some interesting effects on your application once it gets to never-never land, in duties with regards to the job itself, this is the only worthwhile paragraph on the whole post.
There is nothing to complain about duties, qualifications required is usually a cut and paste for every other job of the like, but keep your eye for specific disqualifiers, the rest is a bunch of jargon, read it carefully once, you’ve read it for every post until you get to this part.
I call this agency contact information never-never-land, because this is nothing more than email forwarding facility, if you have a question or an issue regarding an application or its status, the application processing station is the only place you are able to contact, this is exactly how its listed.
When they get around to it, they might pass your message on, they don’t read it, they don’t respond to it, this is clear about a canned answer, they send you when they receive your message, on to my favorite section what to expect next, this is what it says, read it if you’d like.
After we check to see that your package is complete, we’ll pass it on to the assigned CPAC for the region, but please don’t expect much from then, unless you are applying for a job within the CPAC personnel skillset, typically they will perform and automate a keyword search of your packet.
If you don’t meet the keyword search, they’ll discard your packet, if you pass the search, your packet will be reviewed by CPAC, once there, your packet will be looked at for about 30 seconds, we can’t promise anything except that you’ll have to wait for those personnel to perform an unqualified assessment of your resume.
You read the posting, you figure out what you get and what it takes for the job, you have no other choice but to push the apply Now button, you are connected to the application manager website, this is nothing more than a well organized joke developed to avoid the need for a person to person conversation or initial contact with the applicant.
One thing I absolutely love is the preferential point system, why should a veteran, spouse, disabled person or anyone receive advantage points when an application is reviewed? I am a veteran but that should not make me automatically more qualified than someone who out qualifies me.
Another joke is that current NAF employees for non-appropriated funds are only important if they’re an exceptional family member and are not considered government civilians, the next one is a little less common but still relevant, do you live within the commuting distance?
Let me tell you why this is so very wrong to ask, that question does not take into account those who are relocating with the military to the area of the job, but their current address reflects someplace else, denied, those who live 25 minutes away and are willing to make the commute, denied.
Those who are willing to relocate due to base or unit closures but their current address is too far away, denied, there should be a permanent requirement to include, I’m planning to relocate to a region within reasonable commuting distance.
With all the moving around that DoD and service members do, the applicant may be job hunting where they are pcsing to, might be job hunting due to a base closure and trying to figure out where they’re going to go, there are about a hundred reasons why this question makes no sense other than to narrow the selection process to someone who they probably have already selected.
You make the pages of ultimately worthless questions, I call these the expert questions, apparently it does not matter what you put on this, does not matter if you answer truthfully on all the questions, I can promise that you seem to be better off if you answer expert on everything.
These questions also in many ways negate the need for a resume in the first place, as it relieves the evaluator of the need to review your resume to find out the question information, you get to what I call the guilt trip page, this page has a few dozen slots for the attachment or reuse of documents most of which are titled for documents.
Not even relevant to the application for the specific job, all these slots are there making you feel like that you might be forgetting something, get past that part, submit your answers and your packet, first you’ll get an immediate email acknowledging the submission of your questionnaire.
That’s nice, next USAJOBS will list your application status on their website as incomplete which should worry you at first, but don’t worry, day or two later in most cases this status will change to receipt, you’ll get another email for that and queue the jeopardy music.
To fully understand what happens next, you need to know all the players involved, there are you, the USAJOBS websites, the application manager, the resume processing center or never-never-land, the CPAC, the unit Human Resources and the job itself.
Speaking from experience,there is a one in five chance that you will never ever hear from this application again, even if you ask, one out of five is an actual statistic of my many dozens of application status that still say application received.
Some have been like that for over two years back when it used to say application received, if you write an e-mailed never-never-land, they will give you the canned answer that you should wait a minimum of 21 days after the job posting is closed to inquire about the status even if the job has been closed for months.
My brief summary of the status is incomplete, if more than a week is gone by and it still says incomplete, you screwed up somehow or there was something that you were supposed to submit and you didn’t, if the status is received, this means nothing more than USAJOBS, any application manager have successfully sent your resume documents and questionnaire to never-never land. One out of five jobs may be the only status you ever see.
If the status is reviewed, this means that the automated keyword search or the much less precise cpac personnel have determined that you do not meet the requirements for the job, you should also not expect any consistency on this.
You can apply for ten of the exact same job openings but strangely you will only qualify for four of them with the exact same resume, this is also an actual statistic which only furthers question about how qualified the CPAC is to evaluate your resume.
If the status is referred, this means by some stroke of luck, your resume past keyword search CPAC, you seem to have that formatting right on your resume, your stuff was forwarded to the unit’s HR for evaluation. If your status is not selected or not hired, this means that the HR at the unit decided that you would not be in the running for this job or that someone else already got the job regardless if you were ever invited for an interview.
If the status is canceled, this is a funny one and often disheartening, all government jobs are required to be made available to the public or at least to those who are able to get the job, on very rare occasions a job is posted but then canceled either due to a budget issues at the unit level or it could also be that the job posting had errors and a new one needed to be made.
Either way the job opening exists, typically however, cancellation is the HR’s skip which says that the posting was only a formality but there was in fact a personnel shift or promotion within the department, an internal applicant got the job.
Before I step off my soapbox, I feel it necessary to offer some solutions and the problems I see with USAJOBS, I’ll start with the posting’s salary, this should only depict the base gross salary without benefits totaled in with it, opening periods should be limited to a maximum of maybe 30 days.
Who may apply? Something needs to be done a little bit more distinctively about VEOA, as that is a category that shows up on both sides, security clearance should be listed in the search results instead of department, about the positions should be about the position and not about the location.
Job summary is always about how cool it is to be a DoD civilian and has nothing to do with the job, so it can be removed, search results should have an excerpt from the duties paragraph instead of the about the position paragraph.
USAJOBS administrators should also add the following routines to their responsibilities, I assume that the HR personnel posting the jobs must have a verified account in order to post available jobs which would mean that USAJOBS has either an individual or group email address for the posting HR.
The following actions should be implement and could be accomplished in an automated fashion, 15 working days after a job posting has closed, USAJOBS should be sending a daily email reminder to the HR that their job posting requires attention.
30 calendar days after the job is closed, no status updates have been issued, the HR person’s USAJOBS account should be suspended until a status update is given, at which time USAJOBS could automatically change jobs than posting to dormant or something to describe that no activity or update has been performed by the HR.
The CPAC should only be there to see that the applicant has submitted the required documents, they should not be evaluating resumes as most of the jobs are not in the same skill set as theirs, they aren’t qualified to evaluate the resumes for jobs that they honestly don’t know anything about.
USAJOBS is not some throw-away website with job information, there are real people whose real lives hang on its functionality and up-to-date information, people who submit job applications are not performing this action because it’s not Facebook.
They are gearing their lives around their jobs and status, it would be nice if USA Jobs as well as CPAC administrators could unscrew this process so that people can get jobs and things can get moving.