IT virtual job fair scheduled
- By Graeme Browning
- Mar 27, 2002
The federal CIO Council has chosen April 22-26 for its nationwide "virtual"
information technology job fair, the first of its kind.
"This Virtual IT Job Fair is intended to save agencies time and money
in recruitment while widening the doors of federal employment to top IT
talent," Ira Hobbs, acting chief information officer for the Agriculture
Department and co-chairman of the council's workforce and human capital
for IT committee, said in a notice posted recently on the council's Web
Richard Whitford, acting associate director of the Office of Personnel
Management's employment service, co-authored the notice.
The job fair aims to hire GS-2210 IT specialists in varying specialty
areas at grade levels GS-7 through GS-13. "The applicant evaluation method
will use a blend of competency-based testing, technical skills self-certification
and USA Staffing to expeditiously assess candidates," the notice said.
Job seekers will go to OPM's USAJobs Web site (www.usajobs.opm.gov),
where a specially designed logo will link them to agencies that are hiring
in the GS-2210 IT category. The logo an eagle and a flag developed with
the aid of the Industry Advisory Council, a private-sector group urges
job seekers to "join our IT team and shape tomorrow today."
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 and rank the results.
By managing the fair together, OPM and the council will "save individual
agencies thousands of dollars in recruitment advertising, as well as the
costs associated with creating certificates of qualified candidates," the
council's notice said.
On April 2, OPM will hold a training session for human resources and
IT personnel from each agency participating in the job fair.