Header

The header is at the top of the page and includes the job title, as well as the department and agency posting the job.

Current fields

This section may contain the following:

Job title

The name of the job.

The job title is the first thing a job seeker will see in the search results. Make sure the job title is easy to understand and descriptive of what the job is.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

Yes

Do

  • Only include the job title.
  • Use plain language.
  • Spell check your titles and your job announcement. Your TAS may provide this capability.

Do Not

  • Include pay plan, series, grade or any other information that is available elsewhere in the job announcement.
  • Include additional information in parenthesis.

Myth: Job announcement titles are dictated by policy and must follow a specific format.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Policy

Organizational and functional titles do not replace official position titles, they complement them. Agencies may establish organizational and functional titles for internal administration, program management, or similar purposes.

Examples of organizational titles are branch chief or division chief. Examples of functional titles are chief of network management and director of policy development.

Impact

If job seekers don’t understand the job title, they are less likely to read the job announcement. For example, job titles that use grade levels or series numbers are confusing and can be misleading.

Job announcements should include a job title that best describes the position, attracts candidates, and makes the job easier to find. For example, titling a job “Java Developer” instead of “APPSW” makes it easier for job seekers to understand.

Department name

The name of the department posting the job announcement.

The department name is purely informational. Many of those new to government do not know the hierarchy of departments and agencies.

Required by USAJOBS

No

Required by policy

No

Agency name

The name of the agency that is posting the job announcement.

Clicking Learn more about this agency shows the job seeker additional information including the agency details text and the agency careers page URL, as well as the agency contact information for this announcement.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

Yes

Agency sub-element name

The name of the unit within the agency posting the job announcement.

The agency sub-element name is purely informational. Many of those new to government do not know the hierarchy of departments, agencies and agency elements.

Required by USAJOBS

No

Required by policy

No

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