Guidance

Creating and publishing an apply online vacancy (vX)

The process for recruiters to review, publish and update an apply online vacancy in Civil Service Jobs vX.

Creating a vacancy

Select the Create Vacancy button and complete the Create New Vacancy form:

  • select a template to load the remaining sections of the form
  • questions marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory
  • you must complete all mandatory fields before saving
  • the system will timeout after 60 minutes of inactivity
  • once saved, you can edit any details before posting
  • questions highlighted in purple will be visible to candidates on the job advert
  • If you click Save before completing all mandatory fields, incomplete ones will be highlighted in red.

There is separate guidance for creating an advert-only vacancy.

Some sections will have pre-set answers, which you can override.

Non-standard eligibility

Only select Yes when there is an exceptional business need, such as advertising an internal job on promotion.

Success profiles

The sift and interview evaluation forms are dynamic, and change depending on which Success Profiles you select within the vacancy. Make sure these are correct.

Turning off onboarding actions

You can turn onboarding access off in the Pre-employment check forms section:

  1. Remove entries shown in the New entrant notification check (NEN) field, and select Not Applicable from the dropdown.
  2. Remove entries shown in the Posting request check field, and select Not Applicable from the dropdown.
  3. Select Save.

You can turn off onboarding actions at any time before the ‘Provisional Offer’ status. To do this, follow the Editing a vacancy steps.

Adding or removing panel members

  1. Select the Panel tab.
  2. Select Add Participant.
  3. Enter the user’s name in User / Profile.

If the user has no account, they must request one before you can add them.

  1. Select the user’s Category, for example Recruiter or Vacancy Holder. You can only select categories that have been assigned to the user’s profile.
  2. Select Is Coordinator and Can view applications as appropriate.
  3. Add Participant
  4. You can also Edit or Remove a user’s access in the Panel tab.

The vacancy may need to reach a certain status before some users can access it.

Sending to recruitment

When your vacancy is ready to be advertised, select Review your vacancy, then click to send to Recruitment.

Posting a vacancy created by a recruiter

  1. On the Summary tab, check that the Preferred Go Live Date and Preferred Vacancy Closing Date are correct. To change these, select Edit,then Save the changes.
  2. On the Vacancy Details tab, check all information is correct. To make a change, select Edit, then Save any changes.
  3. Select the Mandatory fields checked button.
  4. Select the External Postings tab.
  5. Select the Add button.
  6. From the Destination list, select Post to Civil Service Jobs.
  7. Select Next.
  8. Enter the Live Date.
  9. Enter the Posting Closing Date - use 23:55 for the closing time.
  10. Select Next.
  11. On the New Posting screen, select Next.
  12. Select the Post vacancy button to change the vacancy status

A confirmation email will be sent to the Vacancy Holder, saying that the vacancy has been posted.

Setting a vacancy to publish on a date in the future

  1. On the Summary tab, set Preferred go live date to be today, or in the past.
  2. In External Postings set the Live Date to be your future date.

Posting a vacancy created by a vacancy holder

Reviewing the vacancy

  1. Go to the Vacancies at Recruitment Review Status widget on your Dashboard.
  2. Use Filter to find the vacancy you want to post
  3. On the Summary tab, check that the Preferred Go Live Date and Preferred Vacancy Closing Date are correct. To change these, select Edit, then Save the changes.
  4. Select the Vacancy Details tab followed by Edit to review the vacancy.
  5. Check the vacancy holder has provided appropriate approval.
  6. Insert any standard wording used by your department.
  7. Check any attachments in the Further information section, and add more if needed.
  8. Complete all remaining mandatory fields.
  9. Select Save.

If the vacancy holder has not provided all required information, select Vacancy Holder Update Needed. This will create an email which you can edit before selecting Send Correspondence.

On your Dashboard, the vacancy will move from the Vacancies at Recruitment Review Status widget to the Vacancies at Vacancy Requires Update widget.

It will move back once the vacancy holder has provided all required information.

Posting the vacancy

  1. Select the Mandatory fields checked button.
  2. Select the External Postings tab.
  3. Select the Add button.
  4. From the Destination list, select Post to Civil Service Jobs.
  5. Select Next.
  6. Enter the Live Date.
  7. Enter the Posting Closing Date - use 23:55 for the closing time.
  8. Select Next.
  9. On the New Posting screen, select Next.
  10. Select Post vacancy to change the vacancy status.

A confirmation email will be sent to the Vacancy Holder, saying that the vacancy has been posted.

Setting a vacancy to publish on a future date

  1. On the Summary tab, set Preferred go live date to be today, or in the past.
  2. In External Postings set the Live Date to be your future date

Checking your posting

Confirm your advert has been correctly posted by searching Civil Service Jobs.

If your vacancy is using Internal or Across Government approaches you will need to log in as an internal candidate to see it.

Vacancies posted from the vX system will have a three to five-digit number allocated when the vacancy was created - such as 4/147.

Posted vacancies from vX will not appear in the older applicant tracking system. Postings can only be managed within the vX system.

Editing a vacancy

Corrections can be made before or after a vacancy has been posted.

Find the vacancy

To use the red search box in the top right of the screen:

  1. Select Search Vacancies.
  2. Enter the vacancy title or ID number - these are less than six digits.
  3. Search.
  4. From the results, select the Go to Vacancy link.

Make the changes

  1. In the Summary or Vacancy Details tabs, select the Edit button
  2. Make your corrections.
  3. Save any changes.

Update the posting

If the vacancy has already been posted:

  1. Select the External Postings tab.
  2. Highlight the table row and select the Edit button.
  3. If you have edited dates in your vacancy, ensure the posting dates still match.
  4. Select Save.

Check your posting has updated correctly by searching Civil Service Jobs.

Copying an existing vacancy

Find the original vacancy

Use the red Search box in the top right of the page:

  1. Select Search Vacancies.
  2. Enter the vacancy title or ID number - these are less than six digits.
  3. Search.

Select and copy

  1. Select the correct vacancy from the results.
  2. Select Copy from the menu bar, then confirm.
  3. Follow the create a vacancy steps to review, edit, and save your vacancy.

Closing a vacancy

You may need to remove a vacancy before the closing date.

Find the vacancy

Use the red search box in the top right of the screen:

  1. Select Search Vacancies.
  2. Enter the vacancy title or ID number - these are less than six digits.
  3. Search.
  4. From the results, select Go to Vacancy.

Change the approach

  1. Go to the Vacancy Details tab and select Edit.
  2. In the Approach section, change to Pre-release.
  3. Save your changes.

Update the posting

  1. Select the External Postings tab.
  2. Highlight the table row, and select Edit.
  3. Select Save.

The posting status will still show as online, but candidates will be unable to view it.

Further changes can be made if required. To repost the vacancy, change the approach from Pre-release, and update the posting.

Help and support

Contact the Product and Support Team if you have a technical problem: support.csjobs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Published 11 July 2019