For agencies to effectively deliver results—both in the immediate and long term—they need to recruit and hire top talent at all experience levels. We help agencies develop targeted strategies to build a dynamic workforce.
Call to Serve is the only national network that brings federal agencies together with more than a thousand institutions of higher education to promote federal service and recruit the next generation of public servants. Using the resources of this network, we help agencies connect to diverse, hard-to-reach talent pools. Members of our network receive:
We also advocate for reforms to streamline the federal hiring process. For instance, our advocacy contributed to the passage of the Competitive Service Act that will allow agencies to more easily fill mission-critical positions.
While federal recruiting and hiring is always a complex issue, the current hiring freeze makes the task even more challenging. Nevertheless, agencies should still be taking action, even now, to secure the health and vitality of their workforces.
Before agencies respond to the hiring freeze, it’s important to understand what it says. The freeze impacts hiring for civilian federal employees, but exempts the military as well as national security and public safety positions deemed essential. The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management recently issued guidance for federal agencies to help clarify how the freeze should be implemented. A number of agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, have already carved out exemptions. The presidential memo directs OMB and OPM to recommend a long-term plan by late April to reduce the size of government through attrition.
Impacted agencies should still communicate with students and job seekers throughout the application process. It’s important to be transparent and let prospects know if application materials are still being accepted or reviewed. This will keep candidates engaged, even as you await additional guidance. Agencies should communicate their hiring status and exemptions to the public via websites and social media. For instance, the Partnership’s @GoGovernment Twitter handle continues to be a valuable hub for agencies to promote their openings and connect with talent.
If your agency is hiring and you would like assistance promoting open positions, please email Kari Rea at email@example.com.
For insights into the Partnership’s view of the hiring freeze, check out our CEO Max Stier’s op-ed in the Washington Post.Read More
Agencies are able to accomplish their missions because of the dedicated public servants who work to tackle some of the nation’s toughest challenges. This important work cannot be accomplished without a talented federal workforce, but the competition for top talent is fiercer than ever. We can help you in this fight to reach diverse talent sources, attract the right candidates for mission-critical positions, compete for top talent and build pipelines with colleges and universities.
We can work with you to develop everything from one-hour sessions to customized half-day workshops to months-long engagements. Our hands-on approach is built on our expertise from working closely with agencies and leaders across federal government.
The Partnership has several offerings to help agencies address their most challenging recruiting and hiring needs throughout the hiring lifecycle including recruitment, hiring, onboarding and talent development.
We offer these opportunities and many more. Each offering is always customized to your unique hiring needs. For more information about how we can help your agency, contact Emily McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact Us
Despite the complex rules governing federal agencies recruitment and hiring practices, there are plenty of ways agencies can use the systems at their disposal to connect with mission-critical talent.
To help our agency partners become more strategic about connecting with prospective job candidates, we’ve developed a bank of resources for hiring managers to use.
The federal government faces challenges to recruit and hire well-qualified candidates who are in school or who have recently received a degree. Complex and lengthy procedures, disparate programs and low intern conversion rates cause many potential candidates to choose opportunities in other sectors.
Established by Executive Order 13562, “Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates,” the Pathways Programs are designed to help agencies address these issues by streamlining processes and providing students and recent graduates with clear paths to internships and full-time employment, as well as meaningful training, mentoring and career-development opportunities.