It’s a question that seems obvious, but can be used to gain critical insight into your recruiting and hiring processes: how attractive is this job I posted to job seekers?Determining a job posting conversion rate will allow you to see which job postings are doing well and which could use some help to attract more applicants.
Now more than ever, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion has become a hot topic in organizations across the country. Oftentimes when we think of DEI, however, thoughts of Equal Opportunity Employer statements or a Diversity page on the organization website are evoked, at best.
While rules for each organization may differ based on location and state legal regulations, local government agencies across the nation are grappling with the challenge of how to collect and track employee vaccination information to ensure the safety of their workforce -- especially given the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, which may prompt more organizations to mandate employee vaccinations.
After putting serious action into attracting diverse candidates, it’s time to make sure the rest of the recruitment process isn’t prone to bias pitfalls. Start by breaking down each stage of the recruitment process and then analyzing how all of your candidate groups fare in each one. This will give you the insights to improve diversity throughout your hiring funnel.
A great way to determine where your agency stands in terms of its hiring efforts is through comparing your progress in time-to-hire with other agencies similar to yours – otherwise known as benchmarking. Benchmarking can help you identify performance gaps and opportunities for improvement for both individual job postings and departments.
Entry-level employees are a critical part of any organization’s success. Often, they are the backbone that keep the wheels turning to achieve goals and objectives. With the right experience and training, these novice employees can grow into seasoned vets capable of leadership and excellent performance for years to come.
Did you know that the average public sector time-to-hire was 119 days – almost four months – in 2018? This was compared with 36 days in the private sector, according to SHRM. It’s a consideration that’s worth examining to see if your jobs are getting the best candidates.
In June 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 922 into law, which waives certain postsecondary education requirements for public sector job applicants who are current or former members of the armed forces. The law -- also referred to as Veterans' Preference in Employment -- also increased eligibility for such candidates if the open job was being graded on a numerical scale, and called for the development and implementation of a formal veterans’ recruitment plan for government agencies. The law is likely a sign of requirements to come for other agencies in the United States, meaning that being prepared to actively recruit veterans will be crucial for the future of your agency’s hiring strategy. Whether your agency is in Florida (where the law officially went into effect on July 1, 2021) or you’re just looking to expand your reach in attaining diverse candidates like those who have served in the military, it may be beneficial to leverage an applicant tracking system that helps you source and hire eligible applicants.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts should be a crucial part of any organization’s recruiting and hiring process. However, it’s easy for DEI webpages with boilerplate phrases like “equal opportunity employer” to be written off as disingenuous if an organization doesn’t put in real work to ensure DEI initiatives are fruitful.
Our 2021 Diversity Report highlighted important public sector recruitment data from January 2019 to December 2020, with a focus on the discrepancies between Black female and White male candidates.