Virtual IT job fair scheduled
- By Graeme Browning
- Mar 31, 2002
The federal CIO Council has chosen April 22-26 for its nationwide "virtual"
information technology job fair, the first of its kind.
"This is about getting our jobs displayed before the public in a way
that the public is getting more and more accustomed to seeing," said Ira
Hobbs, co-chairman of the CIO Council's Workforce and Human Capital for
IT Committee. "These are some of the things we need to do as a government
to become the employer of choice."
The IT job fair is intended to "save agencies time and money in recruitment
while widening the doors of federal employment to top IT talent," according
to a notice on the council's Web site from Hobbs and Richard Whitford, acting
associate director of the Office of Personnel Management's employment service.
The job fair aims to hire GS-2210 IT specialists in specialty areas
at grade levels GS-7 through GS-13. Applicants will be evaluated using "competency-based
testing, technical skills self-certification and USA Staffing," the notice
Job seekers will go to OPM's USAJobs Web site (www.usajobs.opm.gov),
where a logo will link them to agencies that are hiring in the GS-2210 IT
Once job seekers find an opening that interests them, they will complete
a screening questionnaire, a technology aptitude test and a skills inventory
all online. OPM, which is managing the job fair jointly with the council,
will compile the results and rank the candidates. OPM will hold a training
session April 2 for human resources and IT workers from agencies participating
in the job fair.