The government is in a hiring crisis, and action is needed. As retirees leave the workforce in droves and the public sector lacks the attractiveness of the private sector, an applicant shortage has developed. If this is not rectified, the quality of service provided to citizens will be negatively impacted.
ARLINGTON, Va; March 25, 2019 – U.S. state governments face growing challenges attracting, building and retaining critically important talent and workforce skills, according to new research from the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) in collaboration with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and NEOGOV.
Bottlenecks are the enemy of any hiring process. They are spots of inefficiency that kill the momentum you worked so hard to build into human resources.
The bottlenecks in your hiring process can often feel entrenched, having existed at your organization for as long as anyone can remember. But, bottlenecks should never be accepted as part of standard operating procedure. You can and should wipe these time-wasting, energy-draining, morale-depleting sources of congestion from your hiring process.
It’s frustrating when your organization’s job openings don’t attract enough applicants, or worse, when no one qualified applies at all. Or perhaps you’ve been told to hire someone new immediately, meaning your usual thoughtful recruitment process is out the window.
You may already have an easily accessible pool of qualified candidates. The secret is to take a look at people who previously applied for positions at your organization.
Public sector budgets are often stretched to their limits and inflexible. HR efficiencies can give your organization new ways to do more with less.
An applicant tracking system is more than a human resources tool. The software can reduce frustrations for recruiters, hiring managers, job applicants, and everyone on your staff who pitches in to hire talent.
Executives and human resources leaders are recognizing how applicant tracking software for government agencies can improve the entire employee hiring process. Here are five ways technology can make hiring less frustrating at your organization.
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?
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?
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.
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.