Virtual IT job fair scheduled

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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 said.

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 category.

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.

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