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  • How to transform agency workforces with skills-based hiring - January 23, 2024
  • This fundamental shift requires government recruiters and hiring managers to think outside the box and adjust how they source, screen and train talent.

    Glenn Davidson, Government Executive -

    With nearly one million job openings across the federal government, agency leaders can help close existing workforce gaps by reimagining traditional hiring practices and embracing skills-based hiring initiatives. These efforts can broaden the talent pool and lower barriers to entry for public-sector roles by eliminating specific degree requirements.

    Some federal and state government leaders are already leveraging skills-based hiring to address their needs for more workers. In May 2022, the Office of Personnel Management released guidance on skills-based hiring implementation. And over the past year, states such as Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Colorado have led skills-based hiring efforts to increase workforce diversity, fill high-demand roles and attract top talent.

    Skills-based hiring can help solve many longstanding government recruitment challenges. However, due to the nature of agency hiring processes and systems, many of which are siloed, this isn’t always effective. To improve success, leaders should consider three guiding principles:

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