October 11, 2017

Tips for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce

Organizations that embrace diversity are more innovative and do a better job of meeting community needs. A lack of diversity can inhibit your organization’s creativity and even make you the focus of public criticism.

The markers of diversity are diverse. There’s race, ethnic group, gender, cultural background, age, disability, and more. Valuing diversity also means welcoming those with a range of experiences, perspectives, education, and ideas.

With all that to encompass, how can you change your recruitment approach to cultivate a more diverse workforce?

August 14, 2017

Your Talent Management Strategy for Job Hopping Millennials

Job hopping by Millennials is a seemingly unstoppable scourge. The IPMA-HR HR2020 Task Force identified job hopping as a talent management priority. They described the problem as high turnover rates due to the current tendency of the newer generation’s job hopping every 3-4 years and the current mindset within the public sector that job hopping is not a positive attribute. The obvious tactic is to combat job hopping, but that’s not easy to do. What if we take a different approach and try to use job hopping to our own advantage?

July 14, 2017

4 Steps to Creating Attention-Grabbing Recruitment Ads

A recruitment ad is so much more than a description of job duties. At its essence, it’s an advertisement that effectively promotes a role at your organization, your workplace culture, and the brand of the organization itself. With your recruitment advertising, you need to grab people’s attention and then not let go.

May 12, 2017

How to Use Talent Personas for Government Recruitment

Finding ideal candidates is an ongoing challenge for every HR department. Fortunatley, HR has tools at their disposal. One of those tools is often under-utilized. What's that tool you might ask? —Talent personas... think of them like a wanted poster for your ideal hire. If you follow the suggestions below and take the time to really map out what you’re looking for in a candidate, personas are likely to become one of your go-to HR tools.

April 05, 2017

Using Recruitment to Support Culture in the Public Sector

One of the findings of the IPMA-HR HR2020 Task Force was that only 49% of public sector organizations believe recruiting directly supports the culture. If we set the bar a bit higher and ask if recruiting strongly supports the culture, only 11% say it does. If the recruitment process in your organization isn’t promoting the desired culture, what should you do?

January 17, 2017

How the Public Sector Can Compete for Hard to Fill Jobs

Talk to the talent acquisition team at Tesla and they’ll tell you some jobs are hard to fill. If even cool corporations with rich compensation budgets find certain types of jobs hard to fill then what can the public sector do? Well don’t give up, there is an effective strategy.

December 01, 2016

Tips for Building Your Millennial Candidate Pipeline

Attracting Millennials to government work isn’t always easy, especially when there are higher-paying private sector positions with better benefits. Government may not be able to compete in these areas, but there are other ways you can build a next generation talent pipeline.

November 08, 2016

How to Write Job Descriptions for a Culture of Now

We live in a culture of immediacy. We’re multi-tasking masters. We get maps, taxis, and dates with just a few swipes of a screen. We consume news in tweet-sized tidbits. We watch ten-second videos that disappear. It’s a world filled with distractions galore.

October 19, 2016

9 Stats About the "Silver Tsunami" (and how to prepare)

More than a decade ago, the Pew Research Center coined the term “silver tsunami” to describe the anticipated retirement of Baby Boomers. Although the mass wave of retirements was projected to hit government in 2011, the recession put many of these retirement plans on hold. This gave government agencies a bit of respite, but now, according to a number of reputable sources, the long-awaited silver tsunami may have finally arrived.

September 08, 2016

3 Ways to Overcome Unconscious Bias in Hiring Process

Bias is an inevitable part of human nature. When bias is unconscious, we don’t control it. People make nearly instantaneous assumptions and form fast opinions about other people. Though unconscious bias is a handy mental shortcut that can help people process information, it can have negative side effects in the workplace.