Overview

The overview section gives an "at-a-glance" view of the job. Some of this information appears on the search results card and entices a job seeker to open the job announcement.

Previous fields

This section has contained this information in the past but has now been relocated:

Title bar - Current fields

Job title

The name of the job.

The job title is the first thing a job seeker will see in their search results. Make sure it’s 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

  • Do not include pay plan, series, grade or any other information that is available elsewhere in the job announcement.
  • Do not include additional information in parenthesis.

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

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.

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

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Agency name

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

The agency name will appear as a link. Clicking the link opens a pop-up window (aka modal) that shows the user additional information including the agency details text (renamed from Agency Marketing Statement) and the agency careers page URL (renamed from Agency Marketing URL) as well as the agency contact information for this announcement.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Overview - Current fields

Announcement closing type

Indicates the closing type. One of:

  • Open and closing dates
  • Application cut-off
  • Open continuous

NOTE: This is a new field and may not yet be offered by your Talent Acquisition System (TAS). Work with your vendor in order to be able to use this field.

Open and closing dates

The open date is the first day an applicant can submit an application to the job. The closing date is the last day an applicant can submit an application.

The job announcement will automatically close at 11:59pm EST on the closing date.

Application cut-off

If you are using an application limit, you must clearly state this in the job announcement. Unless you are using the announcement closing type field mentioned above this must be entered manually.

Open continuous

If you are posting an open continuous job announcement, you must clearly state this in the job announcement. Unless you are using the announcement closing type field mentioned above this must be entered manually.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Do

  • Use the following date format: MM/DD/YY

Do Not

  • Do not include play plan, series, grade or any other information that is available elsewhere in the job announcement.
  • Do not include additional information in parenthesis.

Service type

Tells the applicant what service the job is in: Competitive, Excepted, or Senior Executive Service.

NOTE: This is a new field and may not yet be offered by your Talent Acquisition System (TAS). Work with your vendor in order to be able to use this field.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

No

Do

  • Only include the service type.

Do Not

  • Do not include the appointment type — this is captured in the appointment type field.
  • Do not include the work schedule — this is captured in the work schedule field.

Pay scale and grade

Describes the grade level and pay scale that the job falls under.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Do

  • Only include the pay scale and grade.

Do Not

  • Do not include the salary — this information is captured in the salary field.

Salary

The salary range of the job. USAJOBS displays the starting salary in the search results and the full salary range in the job announcement.

You can enter a “per year” or “hourly” salary.

If the salary is hourly, the value can’t exceed $220.00 per hour.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Do

  • You must include a salary with a numeric value other than “0”.
  • Include a minimum and maximum salary.
  • May include an hourly wage — the system will map hourly wages to a per year salary when using the pay filter in the USAJOBS search.

Do Not

  • Do not leave the salary blank.
  • Do not set the maximum salary to “$0”.
  • Do not include the pay scale or grade.

Appointment type

Tells the applicant the type of appointment. Appointment types can be:

Multiple
  • Multiple
Permanent
  • Permanent
Temporary
  • Detail
  • Intermittent
  • Seasonal
  • Temporary
  • Term
Student
  • Internships
  • Recent graduate
  • Presidential Management Fellows

Definitions for appointment types are maintained in the Help Center.

Recent change

As of the 6.6 release override text has now become supplemental text and will appear next to the value for appointment type. This is to ensure that the key information is conveyed and there is consistency across job announcements.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Do

  • Only include the appointment type.

Do Not

  • Do not include the service type — this is captured in the Service field.
  • Do not include the work schedule — this is captured in the Work schedule field.
  • Do not repeat the appointment types in supplemental (formerly override) text. The value of the appointment type field will appear next to the supplemental text you provide.
  • Avoid the Multiple option whenever possible. Job seekers have difficulty understanding what this term means. When using the Multiple option use the supplemental text to explain which appointment types are possible for this job.

Work schedule

Tells the applicant the work schedule they can expect for this job. Work schedule can be:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Shift work
  • Intermittent
  • Job sharing
  • Multiple

Definitions for work schedules are maintained in the Help Center.

Recent change

As of the 6.6 release override text has now become supplemental text and will appear next to the value for work schedule. This is to ensure that the key information is conveyed and there is consistency across job announcements.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Do

  • Only include the work schedule.
  • When using Multiple use the supplemental text to explain which work schedules are possible for this job.

Do Not

  • Do not include the service type — this is captured in the Service field.
  • Do not include the appointment type - this is captured in the Appointment type field.
  • Do not repeat the work schedule in supplemental (formerly override) text. The value of the work schedule field will appear next to the supplemental text you provide.
  • Do not define the work schedule hours in supplemental (formerly override) text. The definitions are maintained in the Help Center should applicants need them.
  • Do not use Multiple whenever possible. Job seekers have difficulty understanding what this term means.

Agency modal - Current fields

The Agency modal is a small window that pops up over the screen to focus the user’s attention on a task. It opens when the user clicks on:

  • The agency name in the title bar
  • The Learn more about this agency button in the Duties section.
  • The Learn more about this agency link in the Agency contact information component of How to apply

Agency Marketing Message

This text appears in the lead paragraph of the agency modal and allows the agency to communicate what the agency does to the job seeker.

This field was not shown unless the Agency Marketing URL was also present. That is no longer the case.

Do

  • Explain what the agency does.
  • Explain what the specific unit does that this job will exist within.

Do Not

  • Do not copy the mission statement of the agency. Job seekers can find that information on your web site and many will view your site if they are serious about applying. Also, mission statements often do not convey to an outsider what the agency does.
  • Do not summarize the job. That should be done in the Duties summary section.

Agency contact information

This information holds the contact information and address where applicants can reach the agency. It includes phone, TDD, email, and address.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

Marketing URL

Allows the agency to provide a URL to their careers page or other page that they deem appropriate that will be included at the bottom of the modal window.

Previous fields

Announcement number

The announcement number has moved to the actions section which lives in the right-hand sidebar. We moved it to give it a consistent and relevant home, it is more relevant to the applicant once they have decided that this job may be worth applying to (thus the placement near the apply button), and to cull the number of items found in the Overview section.

Control number

The control number has moved to the actions section which lives in the right-hand sidebar. We moved it to give it a consistent and relevant home, it is more relevant to the applicant once they have decided that this job may be worth applying to (thus the placement near the apply button), and to cull the number of items found in the Overview section.

Series

The series has moved to a new section, Similar jobs, that lives between Duties and Requirements and contains the series and a list of similar occupations. We moved series after a card sort and a usability test with non-Federal employee job seekers where they discovered they did not know what a series referred to. We worked with this group to ensure that the label “Job family (Series)” was clear and provided more context.

We also moved series because we have a problem we are trying to address which you read more about in Similar jobs

Questions? Concerns?

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