Agencies face recruiting & hiring challenges during shutdown

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Jonathan Alboum, public sector chief technology officer at Veritas, discusses why federal hiring might take a hit after the partial shutdown and why mission is important for bringing in top talent.


The most powerful recruiting tool in the federal government’s arsenal is mission. Top talent is attracted to helping the government serve citizens. However, if the government shuts down every so often, it turns away people who would’ve otherwise considered public service. Jonathan Alboum, chief technology officer at Veritas Public Sector, says that the partial government shutdown will have lasting impacts on recruiting.

“I don’t think this is going to be something that is quickly forgotten. You’re going to have a number of people who may be on the fence of joining a private sector company or joining the government and for the first time in a long time, they might feel that joining the government carries more risk, more than what they want to take on,” Alboum said. “It is odd to say that, because it has traditionally been the other way around. If you speak with people who have been furloughed or contractors that have been furloughed, there’s a real sense of urgency. Certainly, where there are dual income families where both are in the government and neither one are getting a paycheck.”