[ISN] IT virtual job fair scheduled

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Date: Fri Mar 29 2002 - 00:48:41 PST

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    By Graeme Browning 
    March 28, 2002
    The federal CIO Council has chosen April 22-26 for its nationwide
    "virtual" information technology job fair, the first of its kind.
    "This Virtual IT Job Fair is intended to save agencies time and money
    in recruitment while widening the doors of federal employment to top
    IT talent," Ira Hobbs, acting chief information officer for the
    Agriculture Department and co-chairman of the council's workforce and
    human capital for IT committee, said in a notice posted recently on
    the council's Web site.
    Richard Whitford, acting associate director of the Office of Personnel
    Management's employment service, co-authored the notice.
    The job fair aims to hire GS-2210 IT specialists in varying specialty
    areas at grade levels GS-7 through GS-13. "The applicant evaluation
    method will use a blend of competency-based testing, technical skills
    self-certification and USA Staffing to expeditiously assess
    candidates," the notice said.
    Job seekers will go to OPM's USAJobs Web site www.usajobs.opm.gov ,
    where a specially designed logo will link them to agencies that are
    hiring in the GS-2210 IT category. The logo  an eagle and a flag
    developed with the aid of the Industry Advisory Council, a
    private-sector group  urges job seekers to "join our IT team and
    shape tomorrow today."
    Once job seekers find an opening that interests them, they will
    complete a screening questionnaire, a technology aptitude test and a
    skills inventory - all online. OPM, which is managing the job fair
    jointly with the council, will compile and rank the results.
    By managing the fair together, OPM and the council will "save
    individual agencies thousands of dollars in recruitment advertising,
    as well as the costs associated with creating certificates of
    qualified candidates," the council's notice said.
    On April 2, OPM will hold a training session for human resources and
    IT personnel from each agency participating in the job fair.
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