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Governments Still Need Talent...What Are They Looking For?

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Governments Still Need Talent...What Are They Looking For?

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Job seekers interested in a public service career in government have reason to be discouraged by what they see right now. Government employees are under a lot of scrutiny (fairly or not) and in many cases, state and local governments have had to institute furloughs or staff reductions to balance budgets. Of the states that have released budget proposals, 28 states are projec...

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    7 months ago

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    I would like to contribute my talents and creative mind for something positive and important. It would be an opportunity to learn and annex abilities to my personal life to help strengthen this great country of opportunity. Maybe one day I can be of service.

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    I hope I did not put my information on the wrong blog, I clicked getting a government job. Sorry, if I have posted inappropriately.

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    LMNELSON

    over 3 years ago

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    I am at a point in my life and career that I feel I truly have something to give back to our Country. I agree nowhere is perfect, but we certainly have much to be thankful for. I continue to apply every day to USA Jobs and am optimistic that there is a place for my services.

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    farleyk7

    over 3 years ago

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    Personally, I decided against trying to get hired in the government anymore, the entire hiring system seems to broken and I'm fearful of how inefficient it could be once inside! I thought that a government job would be a good match for someone like me, I have a 5 point preference, I was a student leader, I raised money while in college and gave successful presentation to the public and graduated with high honors. But after applying to a number of GS5 positions that were similar to my skills I was forced to wait... and wait... and wait.

    Finally, I looked at it from a game theory view, which showed that the foolish thing to do would be to continue to seek government employment. Under such assumptions that my time was, in fact, valuable, and that I am a good worker and leader based on prior experience, I simply concluded that to waste it in a broken hiring system would be a disservice to myself. I sought out a private sector job and was hired rather quickly to do something I enjoy.

    Based on this, I'm not surprised that the government has difficulty getting the best talent. In fact, I'm somewhat surprised that they can get any talent at all! Basically it boils down to a scenario like this:

    An excellent student applies for three tech positions out of college, Google, HP, and a government position. The student wishes to take the government position, but Google, the student's second choice, calls first. After waiting a week only a foolish student wouldn't go with a guaranteed number two choice over a possibility. The government calls months later, but the excellent student is taken up, leaving the position in government empty.

    A good student wants the same jobs, Google passes them up yet HP offers them a position. Given that Google denied them, a rational student would assume that anything is better than nothing, and still wouldn't wait for the government employment offer.

    Finally, a bad student applies for all three. Both Google and HP deny them employment, so the student has nothing better to do than wait. After some time, the government, unable to fill the position, call them. The bad student takes the position, since they weren't preoccupied with another job.

    This is a main reason why the government is setting itself up for failure. Only by fixing the hiring system can efficiency be gained in other areas. Of course, I doubt the lesson will be learned in my lifetime!

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    acherrington

    over 3 years ago

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    For myself, the purpose of working for the U.S. Government is to give back to society. Very few, if any, other nations have the opportunities we in America have. Although no system is Perfect, the U.S. Government has given opportunities to many who would not have had a chance in a under a Dictatorship regime, for me, the purpose of working for the Gov't is to furthur the strentgh and structure of Democracy throughout the world.

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    editor

    over 3 years ago

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