Originally posted to Unleash The Monster
The clock is ticking as we’re about a month away from the deadline for federal agencies to have their hiring reform initiatives underway.
In June, OMB Director Peter R. Orszag set expectations in a memo for federal agencies to make considerable progress in four key areas of hiring:
* Map an end-to-end hiring process
* Produce ‘plain English’ job announcements in fewer than 5 pages
* Establish applicant status notification at 4 points throughout the hiring process
* Engage hiring managers throughout the hiring process, including drafting announcements, reviewing applications, interviewing and selection
At Monster, we’re working with federal agencies helping to ensure that they have a process in place to address all of the critical areas outlined by OMB. It seems that almost anyone who touches any aspect of the hiring process is clear that the need for significant improvements is vital. Yet, the real challenge is getting the right plan in place and sticking with it over time.
Although time is of the essence, there are still ways for agencies to tackle these objectives. In fact, our team has developed a framework that agencies are using to comply with all of the latest requirements from OMB and OPM to reform the hiring process, enabling the hiring of over 600,000 new employees by 2012. Below, I’ve outlined some brief tips that correlate with OMB’s objectives:
Map the Current Hiring Process
Get a clear picture of your end-to-end hiring process, from the time a manager identifies a hiring need until the person selected starts his/her first day on the job.
Develop Compelling Job Announcements
If you don’t understand your job announcements, no one else will. We’re all familiar with the “keep it simple” mantra so write your job descriptions in plain English to attract qualified people making it easy for them to find your agency of great interest.
Applicant Status Notification
Figure out how to assess your agency’s options for application notifications so that you can best achieve the 4 points of notification. Is your agency getting the most out of your current process? If not, what should be improved?
Engage Hiring Managers in All Critical Parts of the Hiring Process
HR can work hand in hand with hiring managers throughout the hiring process. Determine the best way to communicate to create a process for active participation so that hiring managers are there at every level in the recruitment and hiring process.
Reorganizing your agency’s hiring process will take some heavy lifting, but I think that the goal of hiring 600,000 new employees by 2012 will only be achieved through improvements in the hiring process which will ease many of frustrations felt by many, especially seekers, and makes the federal government a very appealing employer.