Mika Cross, federal workplace expert from FlexJobs, discusses the last shutdown’s effect on federal hiring, and private sector strategies the federal government could use to recruit and retain.
The partial government shutdown is having tangible impacts on the federal job market. While the shutdown may be causing batches of retirements from the public sector, it’s also making less people interested in joining the public service. Mika Cross, federal workplace expert from FlexJobs, says that there are strategies from the tech sector that could be used to improve hiring at the federal government. “The ability to leverage technology but also cast the net wide into areas of the country that they maybe didn’t consider as good recruitment pools and sources of talent is going to be extremely important. If you consider the unemployment rates right now, which are at historic lows, and think about where else the federal government could be focused on… rural communities actually offer a great opportunity for the federal government to connect good jobs with job seekers who are looking for a viable way to create a living,” Cross told Government Matters. “That’s just one example from our top employers that we have seen doing amazing things. The other is to focus on marketing and branding. Things that set the government apart still even now.”