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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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    agrealtor2000

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Here! Here! Someone NEEDS to get the trainwreck back on the track. I've never been able to even imagine what takes soooooo long to get any kind of reply, response, anything out of OPM or any other branches I've applied to. I too am a Veteran, partially disabled (service-connected) and long ago, had a little glimmer of hope of getting a little something back in the way of employment from U Sam, to no avail. My resume has finally been "referred" to the hiring mgr. once out of over 50+ positions that I've applied to, and been either qualified or over-qualified for. I am even willing and eager to be positioned in the Middle East (in harms way again) to help all I can with "Contigency Ops" in any way. I should stop now...... my blood pressure gets jacked up a little.
    Signed; Peak-O-Frustration

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    floyd_62453

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Why do you need a DEGREE for an Entry Level Position? How about LIFE EXPERIENCE being worth something...years on the job...years of working, paying Taxes, and Dues and raising a family. Taking an interest in the Safety of the Work Place, Studying on your own, or through the Union, or Participating in Community Developement,,,Volunteering, etc. Why don't these things count anymore? Recruiters for "On-Line" schools tell you they do...but won't hire you without the Degree. And these days, it seems to me that more and more people get a degree and have little success finding anything worthwhile.
    Where does a person get real answers, and HOPE?

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    mfmpraxis

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Not that it's any consolation to you posters who have been turned down as unqualified for positions, but, I have applied for between 70-80 federal positions in the past 14 months and have only ever heard anything back at all from one agency. If this was a corporation, they'd be out of business long ago. Good for Peter Orsag & the administration for calling it what it is. I have over 20 years experience in my field and have been vice president of my department in two billion dollar + corporations and run my own firm in the same industry successfully for 8 years until the financial meltdown.

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    blangford

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    My sentiments exactly, the hiring process is a giant roll of red tape... As a professional and a veteran, I find it offensive I'm looked over for basic jobs. I applied for a janitor position (commendable work) and I was informed I'm nor qualified... Something is WRONG!!!!!!

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    retarmygal

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Echo all comments below. It is a bad process...all the way around...making bad hires. Ironically, there are people working for the government who only care about the $$$ and not about what they do, or don't do-which is more like it- is all about the warfighters and supporting the mission of our nations defense. That goes to all aspects of federal government employment. Yet, here we have military retirees, disabled veterans who for the most part, know the government workings, have experience, have great work ethics, know what it means to put the mission first...but they (gov't) don't (REALLY) want us in management or leadership positions because that means someone may have to follow processes, procedures, rules, etc. Oh, and show up on time, and actually do work!. INstead they hire their friends, or young folks who have no idea what the term 'service' means; customer service or service to country.
    Anyway, amen and I too hope this helps me in my federal employment endeavors. As an experienced HR person, who ran the hiring process and procedures for several civilian employers, the government doesn't get it - but hopefully now they will - but that will happen ONLY if they bring in some fresh HR folks, from the corporate world, who can TEACH/TRAIN the OPM clan 'better ways' to hire. Thanks Mr. Orszag...and please keep their toes to the line on the deadline.

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    vinny63

    about 5 years ago

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    Long time coming. One of the main problems with the federal hiring process is that in many many cases the position you may be applying for or interviewing for (if you get that lucky) will have already been spoken for. This means an internal candidate is who they want yet they make people go through the long drawn out process anyway. I know several people in Government who are hiring managers who have expressed this to me. There are cases where even the hiring managers hands are tied. As for disabled vets....I feel for them. I am a 10 vet but not disabled and I know how difficult this whole process is. I have had 3 federal interviews in the last 4 months. One I was over-qualified, the second they told me I came in as the second choice behind an internal candidate and I am hoping the 3rd one is the charm and I am waiting to hear back. The one key that I have found to getting a federal job interview is you have to remain vigilant and apply for as many positions as possible. I have probably applied for 150 federal jobs (No I am not kidding) and have received 3 interviews. My point is eventually you will get a call for an interview. Second important point and I am sure most fo you have heard it is your KSA's. They are critical in you even being considered so make sure they reflect the job you are applying for. Do not embelish them with skills sets or accomplishments you did not receive because it will come out. Third point is your current security clearance level. If you have a Top Secret especially with a CI, Lifestyle or Full Scope poly you just moved up a few nothces. If you don't have a security clearance you may be forced to work for a defense contractor who will give you one. Fourth, if you need to go work for a defense contractor try and work for one who where the position is actually working inside a government facility. Many times if a government position opens up inside that program they will simply switch you from a civilian employee to a federal employee. Believe me I had several friends at NGA who were civilians one week and the next week federal employees. All without going through the federal hiring process. Lastly and I will say it again you must apply even when the positiosn calls for KSA's. Many people simply don't want to fill them out because they take so much time. Here is what you do. Type KSA's in a word document and then you can just cut and paste into several job applications. You may have to tweak them a bit but most of the information is there. I hope this helps whoever reads it.

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    BJMAC

    about 5 years ago

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    As a disabled veteran I have not seen anything that resembles fair hiring practices. After discharge from the military, trying to get a job anywhere I was told by a few of the government agencies that I should finish my education and reapply. I did but then I started getting refusals because I was disabled. Meanwhile, I found that many jobs in DOD went to people who knew people - some without college degrees went right from active duty, while on terminal leave into very lucrative government jobs. Good for them, not so good for those who went by the book. Regardless of who or what party was in power, it is always the same -"It is not how good you are, or that you can do the job It is who you know."

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    cangel40

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I agree with Peter Orszag. There need to be a better proces in the Government hiring process. The present process is so frustrated that many people get turned off from it. The ones that get turned off are those who are more qualified. Another thing is that there are many people there that do not like changes and this can create a lot of problems for the new ones tht comes in.

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    rmyers

    about 5 years ago

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    About time.!!!!!!!!

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    lisa357

    about 5 years ago

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    I been looking for a job for a year and had no luck at the in of my rope what should i do? I NEED HELP

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Only About time! some people have been waiting in line too long

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    JimParker

    about 5 years ago

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    I'm certainly glad to see this hiring improvement initiative on the table....finally. I'm a retired (2005) USAF vet who applied to eight different federal positions in the San Antonio area....and never received any feedback and gave up. Don't even know if anyone ever looked at my application. Any improvement would be well received, and well worth it. Jimpaker57@yahoo.com

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    frank_jw0110

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    It's about time someone in the government noticed the snails pace in which the federal job process operates. Now watch, it will be around the mid-term elections when all of these jobs start to get filled. This will make the administration look like it has done something to help all of the people who applied for these positions. Its all a pile of crap and the people will fall for it.

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    kmfenner

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    OPM is one of the main culprits when it comes to "slow process hiring" and "Not So Easy to Apply" applications! They can't even get it together enough to hire within!

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    generaljack

    about 5 years ago

    62 comments

    It's about time the rusty wheels of government got 'greased'!! Bravo sir. All I need now is a job!

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