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News Release

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Contact: Edmund Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

Office of Personnel Management Trains Recruiters in Preparation for the Federal Jobs Fair in New York City

Washington, D.C. – On March 24, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management held a training session for federal job recruiters planning to attend the upcoming Working for America Federal Recruitment Fair in New York City. The session, titled Making it Happen: Getting the Most out of OPM Recruitment Fairs, focused on OPM Director Kay Coles James' commitment to "fix" federal hiring, and her belief that the federal government should be able to "get the right people for the right job, without having to wait six months to do it."

"I want those who are on the front lines, those who are sitting in front of prospective job applicants, to know exactly what they can do to hire those that the government needs…bright people that want to do everything they can for this great country," said James. "That is why seminars such as Making it Happen are needed. They remind recruiters – and on a larger scale, agencies and departments – of what hiring flexibilities they have."

During this half-day seminar, OPM experts detailed current flexibilities that enable federal agencies and departments to hire top candidates on-the-spot. The experts also walked participants through the actual operational steps necessary to hire high-quality candidates quickly.

Topics covered included: What it means to recruit; Who should attend the recruitment fairs, and what they should be doing once there; The power of preparation: Simple steps you should take now to leverage maximum benefit from the event; Making it happen: Hiring great candidates at (or shortly after) the event, by using flexibilities such as Direct Hire; and, How we can help: Onsite OPM services and resources that will help you walk away from the event with great employees, not just great resumes.

Seminar participants came from the General Services Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Education, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Internal Revenue Service.

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