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Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

Be persistent. Be patient

For job seekers frustrated by the government hiring process, Jeff Neal, Chief Human Capitol Officer at the Department of Homeland Security had one simple piece of encouragement, “Be persistent. Be patient.”

Stier in a panel discussion held in conjunction to the release of the Where the Jobs Are report indicated that the dour economy and shifting perspectives of college grads, creates a prime opportunity for the government to recruit highly-qualified individuals for public service.

“This is a once-in-a-genertaion opportunity restock today for the federal workforce of tomorrow. The best talent will always have options.

Three top human capitol officers (that’s fancy talk for human resources) from the Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security Department served on panel to talk about where the mission critical positions exist and how these federal agencies were going to undertake such a massive recruitment effort.

The Office of Personnel Management has made it a priority to reform the federal hiring process. Some of the ways that they hope to streamline the process include forecasting hiring needs government wide (which the report does) as well as simplify the application process.

To entice top talent, the federal government offers recruitment bonuses as well as offer student loan repayments — $10,000 a year up to $60,000 in exchange for three years of service.

The hiring projections include a wide and varied job landscape for every interest and skill. There are more than 2,000 separate job categories spread across the government that are looking for the best and brightest.

When asked what skills, education, or training will help set a candidate apart, Rochelle Granat, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Treasury, offered that the ability to speak and write clearly and effectively will always be an in-demand skill.

With such a large need for contract specialists at the Department of Homeland Security, Neal offered that having a business degree would help perspective candidates understand the intricacies involved in the federal procurement process.

Mari Barr Santangelo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Human Resources and Administration and Chief Human Capital Officer at the U. S. Department of Justice, offered this piece of advice for future government employees:

“Show initiative. Produce your best work possible. Demonstrate strength of character. This will help set you apart from the competition.”

You can download Where the Jobs Are from the Partnership for Public Service website.

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