New jobs site gets Googley makeover

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The Office of Personnel Management's new federal job site, USAJobs.gov, got a makeover today. It now eerily resembles Google's spartan homepage with two simple search fields.

Google isn't the only tech company from which OPM took cues.

OPM Director John Berry visited Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters not too long ago to gather ideas and advice about the new site. Berry also met with Facebook's human resources department and with employees to talk about their perceptions of government jobs.

And now job-hunters can share information from USAJobs.gov with others on Facebook.

The government is expected to increase its hiring over the next two years, and the recession has prompted tens of thousands of job seekers to apply through the site.