Presidential Memorandum — Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process

The U.S. Job Market Today!

Monthly job loss graph starting in January 2008. The red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration.

For those of you that might want to work for the Federal Government, your application process just got A LOT easier!  The federal government is about to go through some significant changes in the way it recruits new employees.

On May 11th President Barack Obama issued a directive that will streamline the the application process for Federal jobs.  The official memorandum — Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process — orders a broad reform of the government’s recruitment and hiring program.

Among the changes is a reduction in the time to hire, acceptance of resumes, simplification of online forms, and elimination of the written essays all candidates must submit just to apply. In addition, hiring managers will get to select from a pool of qualified applicants, rather than pick from among three candidates.

The Presidential memorandum drew praise from both sides of the political isle:

Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) – “I am pleased that President Obama has directed his department heads to reform the Federal hiring process.  The current hiring process is too slow and too complicated, which may discourage highly qualified candidates from pursuing Federal service.  Many of the requirements in the President’s memorandum mirror my Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act, and I will continue to work for the bill’s enactment to make sure that hiring reform is fully implemented across the federal government, and that reforms stand the test of time.”

George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio)“To be an employer of choice, the government must understand what the competition is doing and adapt to the changing environment.  I am pleased that President Obama’s department leaders will take steps to re-tool the federal hiring process, but we must ensure lasting change by passing the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act.  We must make sure our processes result in hiring the right person, at the right place, at the right time to get the job done for current and future generations of public servants.”

These are all welcome changes to a system that has been commonly described as “archaic” and “straight from the 19th century” by HR professionals and applicants alike.  With over 40% of Federal employees eligible for retirement in the next seven years, this might be a good time to check out employment opportunities with the Government!

If you are interested in working for the Federal Government, you can visit the Web site, which categorizes available positions by city and type.

For any other career transition resources, check out – Your Career Transition Resource

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3 Responses to Presidential Memorandum — Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process

  1. David Wit says:

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

  2. Dave says:

    As a result of this misguided policy, coupled with existing veteran’s preference policies, highly qualified non-preference applicants, are excluded from any equal employment opportunity.

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