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Big Guns Take Aim at Federal Hiring Problem

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Big Guns Take Aim at Federal Hiring Problem

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For a long time there has been a lot of empty noise about the federal hiring process. Now the squeaky wheel is finally getting some high-level grease.

Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has put agency and department heads on notice about the urgent need to fix federal hiring. He gave them six months to make progress in four areas that Orszag indicated are only the beginning.

This marks a stronger, more aggressive role by the Obama administration in...

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    Jane

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have looked for jobs within the Federal Government for years and each time I give up because of all the hoops a personal has to go through. I have done everything they require and I still don't get any responses from anyone. I am afraid that the system is broken beyond help. I hope someone can help because the system now does not work. I know that I have the skills to get a job with the government especially after dealing with some government employees in the past.

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    FrankMonachello

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    This is a good first step. Particularly with the new reliance on online job searching, the Fed should be meeting with HR people at top Fortune 100 companies to share best practices, especially as it pertains to improving the online experience for applicants and follow-up processes. Fed might create an experiment with a couple "placebo" job candidates and have them take their same set of creditentials and run them through USAJOBS and GSAJOBS AND various fortune 100 sites and compare experiences.

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    z0610

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    When I go to these job interviews, I don't see Americans working for the Federal Government anymore. No wonder it is difficult for Americans to find jobs.
    Where are the Americans? I was born in New York City and I am having a hard time finding a job.

    Why?

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    z0610

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have applied over 500 federal government position since November of 2008. So far, I have had 20 job interviewed that lasts about one hour to two hours. Why I have not been selected? I have two Masters degree, MBA and MSIS.

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    Abelista

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    It is is a combination of system and people, most jobs that are announce are internal, it seems at times a treat is felt if it is announce to all U.S. citizens, some times they know who is going to be hired and they are just going through the formalities, it is a very unfair system even for those of us in the system.

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    floyd_62453

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Sorry to read about your difficulties finding gainful employment jnevins. But it's NOT just the Govt. that treat job seekers like that. I've been kept waiting for 3/4 of an hr. to speak with an HR person, only to be handed a Business Card by a Receptionist, told the HR person only deals with EMPLOYEES, and instructed to get "ON-LINE" for Employment Opertunities.
    Some of these websites for Companies have got some very unfriendly sites for job searchers...and the "Hoops" there are no better than those of the Govt. Isn't Progress a wonderful thing?

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    jnevins

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am in the process of applying for Federal jobs. I am a Human Resource executive from the private sector and truly cannot believe the "red tape" involved in applying for the Feds. They end up making a person feel like a "loser" because of the ridiculous hoops we have to jump through and the details that can knock a candidate out of the running. I REALLY appreciate Orszag trying to make a change in this process. Its embarrassing for our Federal Government to have the absolute WORST hiring process any organization in our country uses.

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    rlstom2164

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I spent hours looking through hundreds of jobs on the fed. site. If you have a specific field you are
    going to find very it hard to find a posted job in your living area. Unless you could talk to someone that wants to hire someone with your skills. My field of land surveying has many different aspects from legal to management but to apply for a "block Grant Coordinator" would not work.
    I like dnwalls's view, send a resume with what would work in the real world.

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    dnwall

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    As a new person trying to get into federal job system...it appears to a daunting task. Why do I have to reinvent the wheel by writing a KSA....most of us just do our jobs well without the overdone embellishments that this document requires. A resume outlining our duties, experience, and how we performed (letter of reference, personal references) should suffice. Find a better system than that scanning/point system. How about testing to qualify?

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    keysbs

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    OMB is doomed. You can't streamline or improve a bureaucracy; you have to hack away at it like a tumor (otherwise it keeps growing). The problem isn't the bureaucratic process, which of course is the central role of government. It's the HR scanning software and point system. Sure the software is a necessary evil to sift though thousands of applications. But the mindless assignment of points to candidates eliminates the possibility of bringing in a talented individual who could do an incredible job and improve performance, but who never did the exact identical same precise job that's being filled. That's why government keeps hiring people who have lots of experience doing things lazily and incorrectly. They've all done it before.

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    goodguy

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Every time the government wants to get into hiring practices it seems to make things worse not better. I am a Postal Employee who was injured on the job. The Postmaster falsified a job offer along with the assistance of the Department of Labor and an attorney who does not know what the word ethical means. I waited three years to get a right knee total knee replacement causing more damage to both the knee that was replaced and the knee that had the cartilage cloned to save it. Now the USPS and the DOL are working with a mutuality of purpose to achieve another common goal. "To get rid of all employees injured on the job by sending them through vocational rehabilation". Voc rehab is only for one year. Where can you get a diploma in any field under six months? By hiring new employees the USPS saves money. However, if not for all of the fraud between the DOL and the USPS I would have recovered from my original injury and not having to worry about my future. People in the private sector have it twice as bad , should any Federal employee be treated like garbage? Thrown out because you were intentionally injured on the job. Sent to a DOL second opinion doctor who stated there was nothing wrong with my knees and I needed no further medical assistance. I asked both the I.G. of the USPS and the DOL to investigate and instead of investigating both ofices helped conceal the facts. I though I was covered under my civil rights. However, it seems the buck means more than the safety of aqny employee. I keep reading about all these jobs for the tens. What about the employees who were intentionally injured on the job?

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    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

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    floyd_62453

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Heres another Kick in the Pants if you've been trying to get a job as a City Employee in Dallas, Tx. It was announced last week that several hundred City Employees would be Laid-off and some 280 jobs that were posted, will be taken down...not filled. This is in an effort to save $$$ for the City. How does that help? I just don't get how any size Govt, can cut cost at the expence of lost revenue, that is Tax Dollars. But it's ok to build a new Football Stadium. You tell me how that makes Money for anyone but the Owner (you know who he is) of the Cowboys. A few skilled techs. get jobs...and some small venders (but mostly Franchise food). What else?

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    en2192

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    " there are people working for the government who only care about the $$$ and not about what they do".....

    Seriously, working for the government SHOULD be about the money...and service! Pay government officials and government employees nice salaries (big salaries) and government agencies won't know what to do with all of the incredible talent that will apply. Then the only hire freeze they will ever experience is freezing the applications of wasteful hires. The public may gripe about higher taxes with this model, but there will be an end to corruption and sluggish agencies who accomplish very little. Other governments do accomplish this with great expertise (check out Singapore....).

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    retarmygal

    almost 5 years ago

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    Exactly my point, 4 sure, mfmpraxis. They miss ALOT of GREAT hires. The government knows nothing about 2 win hiring; otherwise why do they need CONTRACTORS to do MOST of the work?
    BCUZ they DO NOT know how to hire quality people. Tell me what good it does our government to have people do what someone said on another comment board: "make sure your resume has all the key words that are listed on the job announcement and that you put ALL your experience on the resume when self nominating!" That is JUST absurd! That, in and of itself, DOES NOT make sense, it is STUPID! So you have someone who puts all that crap on a resume and applies and gets the job because of it but they do not know a thing about the job; they were good at parroting back a job description in their resume; have the personality of a gourd, no work ethic, but hey, they got the job. Like you said, they'd be out of business in the REAL world of business!
    Oh well, I guess we are ALl in the 'wait and see' mode. And quite frankly, I don't think it matters how many positions you apply for - at the end of the day - it still smells like a skunk.

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