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Recruitment Policy Studio

Federal Section
Recruiting Strategies - Experienced Employees

Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Experienced Workers

Hiring experienced workers will help your agency retain institutional knowledge, develop less experienced workers, and acquire high-demand specialized skills. This workforce can be targeted to assist the Federal Government with several recruiting challenges, including matching mission requirements with limited resources, maintaining a diverse workforce, targeting specific pools of talent, and eliminating barriers that deter Federal retirees from returning to Federal service.

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  • Senior leadership commitment to recruiting the best talent
  • Forward-looking workforce planning
  • Targeted recruitment of diverse talent pools
  • Employer branding that reaches diverse groups
  • Maintaining outreach during periods of reduced hiring
  • Developing targeted outreach strategies to attract and recruit diverse talent
  • Seeking a more personal approach with potential applicants
  • Telework and alternative work schedules
  • Wellness programs
  • Recreational activities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published report GAO-09-206 Enhanced Communication among Federal Agencies Could Improve Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Experienced Workers in February 2009. Adobe Acrobat Icon In the GAO report experienced workers are defined as 55 or older.

You may use the following resources to learn techniques and adapt them to fulfill specific needs:

Effective Federal Best Practices:
Adobe Acrobat Icon National Institutes of Health, presentation to the Chief Human Capital Officer’s (CHCO) Academy, February 10, 2011. NIH discusses why they feel they were ranked the #1 best Federal Agency for Experienced Workers by AARP in 2009.
Adobe Acrobat Icon U.S. Department of Agriculture, presentation to the Chief Human Capital Officer’s (CHCO) Academy, February 10, 2011. USDA discusses how they used the 2008 Farm Bill to recruit experienced workers to assist with succession planning, budget constraints, and the "brain drain".

Federal Reports and Tools:
Adobe Acrobat Icon Career Patterns Guide, U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This tool introduces the Career Patterns concept of recruiting and hiring.
Adobe Acrobat Icon Report of the Taskforce on the Aging of the American Workforce. Members included the Department of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Transportation, and Treasury; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Small Business Administration; and Social Security Administration.