The Federal Coach: Uneven success in federal hiring

In response to Monday’s column on hiring reform, several readers correctly highlighted that some federal agencies do several things better than the private sector when it comes to hiring. Here is one of those comments:

There are a few things that [agencies] do far better than the private sector – posting salary ranges, defining job categories, excellent benefits, and motivated managers. — AxelDC

First — as with all generalizations — we have to start by recognizing this one is not always true. Federal hiring is not universally horrible. In fact, government job announcements are often more transparent than in other sectors. Beyond just listing benefits, some agencies have done a great job describing the importance and impact of a position to attract applicants. In reading this announcement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for example, I am ready to sign up:

It is an exciting time to join the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) as we undertake new responsibilities under health reform and address an expanding mission to protect HHS’s vital health and human services programs.

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