This article in the Wall Street Journal entitled U.S. Struggles to Draw Young, Savvy Staff, Percentage of Government Employees Under 30 Hit 8-Year Low in 2013 by Rachel Feintzeig speaks directly to what I’ve been seeing as a major problem in the federal government over many years. As a hiring manager, it was hard to recruit young people. Once hired, it was hard to keep them. Innovative projects were hard to start. New projects were hard to fully finance once started. It was hard to reward and/or promote these young people because of funding constraints.
Something must be done to ease the hiring process. Years ago the dreaded SF-171 was dropped. Resumes are now submitted to apply for jobs. This is great. Those horrible essay questions (KSAs) continued. Now, I believe most agencies have switched to these long and arduous lists of questions that the applicants must respond to instead. Wow, what a relief! (I’m kidding.)
My question is why can’t the resume be enough? Why do federal agencies need more? In my opinion, this more stuff gives applicants more opportunity make stuff up which ultimately makes finding qualified people even harder.
Here’s the link to the article. Check it out and let me know what you think about this critical issue.