Recruiting Top Technical Talent to Government

I have a salary line with $45,000, a backlog of analytical work going back to the Great Depression, and a dated position advertisement that begins by shouting “PERSONNEL SYSTEM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.” Sound familiar? If so, you may be a government manager like me, trying to compete with the top consulting firms, start-ups, tech giants, and universitiess to hire new technical staff.

Despite the competition, I have been fortunate in Somerville to recruit amazing talent with advanced degrees from MIT, Brandeis, Harvard, and Michigan, to name a few. We currently have two analysts with PhDs, and a broad skill-set among staff members. In my experience, recruiting is the most important part of running a city. It’s the only way to avoid micromanaging policies and programs.

Advertising

For fun, I recently sampled a few dozen advertisements on sites like governmentjobs.com to see how they compare with recruiting websites from the private sector.

The University to Government Pipeline

Interviewing

Testing Their Skills

Deciding

Thinking Fast and Slow.

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