Relationships Key to Attracting Students to Federal Service

June 21, 2011

Federal agencies must actively build relationships with students to attract them to government jobs, officials said on Tuesday.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing, federal human capital leaders told lawmakers that government must make jobs relevant to student needs, boost outreach to university faculty and engage supervisors in recruiting young hires. Simply posting positions descriptions to USAJobs will not attract top talent, they said.

"Bringing the best and the brightest means reaching beyond boundaries," Energy Department Chief Human Capital Officer Michael Kane told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Management. "We needed to address fact that [hiring] reform gave students a wider window of possibilities, but they needed help figuring out how that translated into their situations."

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