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Recruitment Policy Studio

Federal Section
Recruiting Strategies - Diversity
Effective recruitment is an on-going process requiring attention even when you are not actively seeking to fill a job. Public notice, or simply posting a job opportunity announcement, is not a substitute for the more focused recruiting you need to undertake to fill positions with high quality applicants from all segments of society.

For information on public notice and competitive examining: Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, DEOH, 2007, Chapter 3, Section B.

Effective Recruitment Strategies
Effective recruitment strategies help you acquire a high quality, diverse applicant pool. Developing one involves:

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  • Forming strategic partnerships (e.g., between hiring managers and human resources professionals) to identify recruitment needs
  • Analyzing the future demands of an agency’s workforce and identifying appropriate occupations, competency requirements, and hiring strategies
  • Researching the labor market and designing your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) message to reach your various audiences
  • Identifying and training your recruitment team
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with the best sources for qualified applicants

Recruitment and Outreach
Effective recruitment requires developing and delivering customized messages. Tailor marketing language to attract a broad qualified applicant pool and use a variety of methods to communicate. Include non-traditional markets to reach the broadest possible pool of qualified applicants. Some ways to accomplish this include:

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  • Advertise in professional association websites, commercial websites, journals and other publications
  • Attend job fairs at schools, community events, and service organizations
  • Arrange for recruiting support from other Federal agencies or contract with commercial recruiting firms or nonprofit employment services in accordance with 5 CFR Part 300
  • Design educational and recruitment materials designed for parents, career counselors, community leaders
  • Educate applicants on how to apply for Federal jobs
  • Become active in professional associations and participating in conferences
  • Locate qualified applicants through CareerOneStop centers and vocational rehabilitation offices