Federal agencies effectively recruit and hire qualified talent to meet their mission-critical needs.
Individuals younger than 30 years of age make up 23 percent of the U.S. workforce, but account for only 7 percent of permanent, full-time federal employees. As almost half of the federal workforce nears retirement age, it is critical for the government to recruit and hire members of the millennial generation, particularly in the mission-critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math where there is stiff competition with the private sector.
We can broaden and reshape our government workforce by working on two fronts. One is by increasing knowledge about federal careers among college students and recent graduates, and educating students, faculty and career professionals about federal opportunities and how students apply for them.
The other is by removing impediments to public service that candidates at all experience levels face. We can work with federal agencies to improve recruiting and hiring and assist them with fully using internship programs, including assessments that aid agencies in converting the best interns to full-time employees.
Our Call to Serve program is the only national network of colleges and universities dedicated exclusively to promoting federal service. It connects nearly 800 colleges and universities with dozens of federal agencies to inspire students and recent graduates to enter public service, promote federal opportunities and assist agencies with their ability to recruit talent effectively.
But federal agencies need to be more proactive to compete for top talent at all levels. Through our workshops, group planning sessions and customized work, the Partnership helps agencies develop first-class recruiting, hiring and onboarding programs to attract and retain the talent they need.
We also work with agencies to implement the Federal Student Ambassadors program, which uses peer-to-peer outreach on college campuses to build talent pipelines and shape agencies’ overall recruiting strategies. Since 2012, we have worked with six agencies and more than 70 ambassadors.
The Partnership also has played a pivotal role in working with agencies, the administration and Congress to reform the federal hiring process and help agencies implement the Pathways Programs. We also testified before Congress on progress made in implementing federal hiring reforms, the challenges that remain and additional efforts agencies and Congress could take to recruit, hire and develop the federal human resources workforce.
Please join the Partnership for Public Service and NGA.NET for a workshop designed to help human resources professionals strengthen their agencies' hiring processes.Register Register to livestream
Please join the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton as we outline the challenges faced by the federal government in building a first-class cybersecurity workforce and offer recommendations.Register
This two-day training provides instruction on the foundations of action planning to address Best Places to Work and Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results within agencies or federal offices.Register
These online training sessions are designed to provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to help improve employee engagement.Register
These interactive webinars designed for career services professionals and faculty provide a better understanding of the federal hiring process and how to build meaningful agency relationships.Learn More
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Publication / October 16, 2014
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Publication / July 09, 2014
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Our Call to Serve program is designed to educate a new generation about federal service and improve the ability of federal agencies to recruit and hire the top talent needed to maintain a competitive workforce. We currently work with a network of nearly 800 colleges and universities and dozens of federal agencies to pilot and refine sustainable, cost-effective ways to educate and attract students to careers in the public sector, with special emphasis on our government’s critical need for people with skill in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Partnership provides online training for college and university advisors around federal opportunities. These training events equip participants with the knowledge and resources needed to effectively advise students on federal opportunities and the federal job search and application process.
Registration is open for our Federal Advisor Training Series: Level ILearn More
Agencies use the Partnership’s Federal Student Ambassadors program to raise interest in their career opportunities at specific colleges and universities, build long-term relationships with campus stakeholders and create pipelines of qualified talent for key positions.Learn More
The Partnership works with agencies to develop custom programs ranging from half-day workshops to months-long engagements that meet specific recruiting and hiring needs, particularly for the Pathways Programs. Our approach draws on our experiences working with multiple agencies and hundreds of leaders across federal government.
Go Government is a resource with comprehensive tips for how to find and apply for federal jobs. The site helps jobseekers research federal agencies and careers in government, understand federal terms, navigate USAJOBS—the government’s career board— and access practical tips about the application and interview process.Visit the Go Government Website
Highlighting the many ways that government makes a difference in the world is critical to attracting and retaining top talent. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) highlight dedicated federal employees who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.Visit the Sammies Website