VA builds its own online job board

While the USAJobs federal jobs board has been struggling, the Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to debut its own online job search website displaying job opportunities at the department.

The VA is getting ready to launch the new “VA for Vets” website, with an online job search board, self-assessment tools, resume builder and military skills translator to help veterans identify jobs that match their skills.

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The new website currently has 3.553 jobs listed, all of which appear to be positions with the VA. By comparison, USAJobs currently has about 12,000 job opportunities across many agencies.

The official VA for Vets launch is scheduled for Nov. 11, and the website is operating in pilot status until that time, according to a bulletin posted on the website. “At this time, access and services are limited due to continued site testing,” the notice states.

"As part of the VA’s commitment to hiring and retaining Veteran employees—and in support of the President’s pledge to bring more Veterans into civil service—I am pleased to introduce our new career support program: VA for Vets," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki wrote in an introduction to the new website.

The military skills translator on the site asks users to submit the service, pay level and military job title they held.

The VA recently announced that its “Blue Button” personal health record application would add job information, including tips on how military skills translate to civilian jobs.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.


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