UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash., Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal civil service is the cornerstone of government continuity during, among other things, election year upheavals. The peaceful transition of power has long been a hallmark of American democracy and the successful and orderly transition of government, from one Administration to another, is the purpose of the civil service.
Right now, the Presidential Transition comes at a time when there is a critical shortage of skilled workers in the federal civil service needed to carry out key government functions. Many agencies and Departments report backlogged hiring actions – in the hundreds and thousands – and this is a growing concern when coupled with the expected retirements of approximately 230,578 eligible federal employees. Current estimates show a workforce deficit in the range from 17 percent to 23 percent.
There are a variety of theories about why the federal government is no longer competitive in hiring – none more painstakingly discussed than the lengthy time-to-hire statistic and the troubled hiring process. While the Office of Personnel Management is focused on its job board and pushing an 80-day hiring metric, the federal government's hiring managers and applicants remain dissatisfied and frustrated. And the backlog is growing, putting our National transition at risk.
Enter the RiseTrials. RiseTrials is an innovation from a community of federal HR experts. By working with RiseTrials, an applicant becomes part of an intensive study measuring the effectiveness of specific tools created and designed to provide federal job seekers with an asymmetrical advantage over a troubled government hiring process. And in doing so, put them within reach of the federal hiring manager looking for the exact talents these applicants possess.
The RiseTrials aim to work in collaboration with federal applicants who choose to be part of RiseTrials' groundbreaking study of federal hiring — from the applicant's point of view.
RiseTrials is a research study in which federal job candidates are prospectively assigned to specific tools and interventions to evaluate the effect of those on hiring outcomes. Prospective candidates apply, are screened and placed into pools based on intervention strategy. As candidates put those strategies into use, RiseTrials tracks success based on candidate progress. RiseTrials captures the data and reports those results to Congress, federal hiring authorities, and federal employee organizations.
RiseTrials candidates will be among one of the following groups:
- Second-Career Post-Retirement, and Post-Career Candidates
- Trades, Crafts, and Blue Collar Candidates
- Displaced Employees Reentering the Workforce
- Federal Contractors Seeking Federal Civil Service Jobs
- Federal Employees Looking to Enhance Career and Promotion Opportunities
- Recent College Graduates & Millennials
- Mid-Career Professionals
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Professionals
Participation in studies are voluntary and free of charge to jobseekers who wish to sign up to share their experiences and take advantage of the real-world strategies and consultation offered by RiseTrials.
"Our goal is to work collaboratively with federal job applicants to disrupt and redefine the most problematic elements of federal hiring and break the barrier between the applicant and the hiring manager," said Linda Rix , co-CEO of Avue Technologies Corporation — a long-time leader in federal hiring technology solutions and consulting for agencies — which is backing the RiseTrials studies. "The facts and data necessary to fix the system do not currently exist. Even with the widespread belief that the federal hiring process is broken, no one has conducted a systemic study to determine exactly what interventions would fix it."
This contrasts with OPM's focus. "We're coming at it from an emotional and behavior standpoint," said Michelle Earley (USAJOBS program manager) who came to OPM two years ago from Northrop Grumman. "That's what's informing our roadmap..."
"The federal government's hiring managers need and want the talent applicants bring," said Rix, "Because RiseTrials' community of federal HR experts understands the depths of the government's problems with its hiring process, it is uniquely positioned to study and provide real solutions in the form of action for applicants and suggested reforms to Congress and federal agencies."
RiseTrials, a service based in University Place, Wash., conducts clinical research studies to learn more about the experience of applicants who apply for federal job vacancies. Through community discussion, application tracking, interventions, and evaluations our mission is to assist candidates on best leveraging an application and increasing the chances of a successful application resulting in a job offer. RiseTrials.com is a service of Avue Technologies Corporation (Avue), headquartered in University Place, Wash. Avue is the leader in federal talent acquisition, talent management, talent science, position classification, and human capital management technology. Clients include a diverse array of agencies that include Title 5 and alternative personnel systems such as Title 38, Title 10, Title 32, and FIRREA. Avue has been pairing successful applicants with federal agencies for more than 30 years.
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