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Officials Pledge to Fix Federal Hiring Process

Officials Pledge to Fix Federal Hiring Process

Steve Vogel | The Washington Post via YellowBrix

September 07, 2009

Alan C. More, employer in residence for U.S. government programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, told panelists they face “a daunting task” in repairing federal hiring. More noted that, only three days into George Mason’s fall semester, he has been inundated with e-mails from students flummoxed by the federal job system.

A frequent complaint is that different divisions within an agency do not coordinate with each other. “This is something that frustrates them: talking to one element that doesn’t know what the other element is doing,” said More.

“That type of stovepipe approach to recruiting is a way to turn off talent,” Neal acknowledged.

“We have a lot of components, and at DHS we’re working with the components to remind them that, when they’re recruiting, they’re recruiting for DHS and not one component,” he added.

Panelists pointed to simple steps that the government could take to make public service more attractive; for example, describing openings at the agencies as “jobs” rather than “vacancies.”

“Nobody tells their friends, ‘Hey, I got a vacancy today,’ " noted Neal.

Neal expressed confidence that measures to streamline the process will be in place at DHS within a few months.

In the meantime? “For people who are looking today, they need to be persistent,” he said. “I would encourage people to stick with it, even though the process is cumbersome.”

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    over 5 years ago


    I have been out of the goverement for almost 10yrs. I have revised my resume several times and through the years to enhance my chances to be hired and still no agency has picked me up for employment. Why is this? What am I doing wrong and when will I ever get another chance to a civilian service employee again? Thank you

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    over 5 years ago


    It took them until 2009 to figure that out. They need to add a few more jobs to the # of hires needed by 2012 by firing those at OPM. These folks get paid a pretty penny to come to this conclusion in 2009, when the system has been broke since the late 1990's!

  • Agent_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    This would be great if it were easier to understand and apply for federal jobs. I have managed people most my entire career, now unemployed I find myself struggling to understand the federal job hiring process.

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