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Connecting with Top Talent

Each day, 1.8 million hard-working Federal employees across the world dedicate themselves to serving the American people with passion, creativity, and innovation.

To make sure that we can continue this quality of service for years to come, the Office of Personnel Management and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Presidential Personnel Office launched the Hiring Excellence Campaign, an effort to improve the way we recruit new talent to Federal service. As the President’s Management Agenda highlights, to remain competitive in today’s labor market, we must modernize and transform the way we recruit and hire Federal employees.

So, now I want to take a moment to talk to you – the hiring managers and the human resources teams. The Hiring Excellence Campaign was designed specifically for you based on extensive feedback we’ve received from agency leaders, HR staff, and hiring managers. We want to give you all of the information, tools, and support you need to attract and hire a world-class workforce.

To get this information to you we are holding free, one-day Hiring Excellence training sessions across the country focused on the theme, “Connecting with Top Talent.” We have held 21 training sessions so far and will hold an additional 16 sessions throughout FY 2016. 

In the session, OPM’s team will share best practices, mythbusters, and hiring tools – some of which you may not realize you already have at your fingertips. For example, there is a wide range of strategic recruitment strategies and hiring authorities, from disability hiring to excepted service to direct hire authorities, available to you to identify and hire top talent. There are also multiple ways for you to assess applicants to make sure they are the top qualified candidates for your position. We’ll also dive into effective techniques for collaborating between HR staff and hiring managers to help you improve hiring outcomes in your agency.

We also want to make sure you are familiar with the updates to USAJOBS that benefit both you and applicants.

On the hiring manager and HR staff end, USAJOBS now has an Agency Talent Portal that provides tools to help agencies find and recruit talent. Additionally, you can take advantage of a new job opportunity announcement analytics dashboard to measure how effective recruitment and hiring was for a position. We also have a resume mining pilot that can help you use USAJOBS to find qualified candidates already registered with the website to apply for a position.

On the applicant side, USAJOBS offers a map search feature to help job seekers see jobs across the world that they may be interested in. We also updated the application process to help applicants work through a simple, five-step tracker to create an application package. It allows applicants to easily edit their documents within the application and not have to go back to their profiles each time. And, USAJOBS is now designed to be accessible on any mobile device.

These and many more tools will be covered in our Hiring Excellence sessions, and we hope you can join us for one of them. Register now for upcoming dates in cities across the Nation; please register for the session that best meets your needs. Our next sessions are in Detroit on July 12th and Nashville on July 14th.

Hiring is one of a manager’s most important responsibilities and the human resources team is a crucial partner. Together you are the key to building hiring excellence across government.

Be sure to check out the training registration links, resources and additional information on our new Hiring Excellence hub that we’ll be regularly updating – www.opm.gov/hiringexcellence.


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