Firm picked for USAJobs overhaul

USAJobs

The Office of Personnel Management has awarded a contract to TMP Worldwide Government Services Inc. to redesign and operate the USAJobs Web site, the agency announced Jan. 14.

TMP, the parent company of online job portal Monster.com, will be called upon to improve the look and operation of USAJobs. The first improvements—to be completed early this year—will include an enhanced search engine so job seekers can search for a position in a variety of ways, a resume builder tool and online vacancy announcements that are shorter and easier to read.

Other changes that job-seekers can expect from the site include:

* A data mining feature that allows federal managers to locate job candidates by sifting through resumes on file at USAJobs.

* A universal resume development and submission function that is compatible with all agency automated application processing systems.

* An application tracking feature for applicants.

"There is a window of opportunity now for the government to take advantage of the downturn in the private sector to attract individuals to public service that may not have been interested at other times," said Jocelyn Talbot, senior vice president of Monster Government Solutions, a division of TMP Worldwide Government Services. Enhancing USAJobs will help to attract the best and the brightest job seekers, she said.

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