Looking for a promotion so you can move up? Trying to get into communications from another federal job? You’ve probably already looked at USAJOBS. But are you using USAJOBS to its full extent? It has a learning curve, like any other job search tool. Use these tips to get the most out of USAJOBS.
1. Set up automatic email notifications.These days, a USAJOBS job announcement can be open for as few as 3 to 5 days. OPM’s recent hiring reform has shortened the hiring process, sometimes reducing the number of days an announcement is available for application. A brief window of opportunity does NOT mean that they have someone in mind for the job. Don’t miss jobs that might be a fit for you. The USAJOBS Saved Searches feature will automatically search for jobs based on your criteria, and then email you when there are new jobs entered into the database that meet your specifications. Set up a couple of these automatic searches, so that you don’t have to visit USAJOBS every day.
2. Consider more job series.Federal communicators have a range of job titles and job series, often a four-digit numeric code that identifies the exact type of job. You might be interested in searching for the following job series:
- 1001 – General Arts and Information (Communications Specialist, etc)
- 1035 – Public Affairs
- 1082 – Writer/Editor
- 1083 – Technical Writer/Editor
- 0301 – Miscellaneous Administration
- 0343 – Management and Program Analysis