Letter: Strict hiring policies limit talent pool

Regarding, "The hiring fix" : My wife, a [registered nurse with] 23 years [of] floor experience in
medical/surgical, with a master's degree from an accredited school (the old-fashioned type where one attends classes), and a CNS designation, applied in response to a CHART posting for nurses. She never even received an acknowledgment for the application.  Her response. . ."Why would I wish to work for an organization which cannot even extend the courtesy of acknowledging receipt of my application?"

I had previously worked as a contractor to BRAC PMO. I worked out of the BRAC office, and for the exception of approving invoices and having signature authority, performed the tasks of a federal civilian employee.I left BRAC for the greener grass, but it was not so green. As a nonformer federal employee, it took months for an opening to be created that would accommodate an individual without previous federal employment. It was only through the vision and diligence of a local [Naval Facilities Engineering Command] administrator that I even got on board. He had to buck the system for an exception.

There are some exceptionally talented and dedicated individuals who have not had previous government experience. Hiring policies restrictive to those who have had previous experience does not serve the needs of the employer.

Gordon Brown

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