Ready, Cert, Go!
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) recently implemented Ready, Cert, Go (RCG)!, a proactive Departmental Enterprise Hiring Strategy to more efficiently and effectively provide hiring managers with talented candidates. The RCG initiative resulted in standing registers of qualified applicants, which are available for interviews at a moment’s notice. By preemptively announcing jobs and creating certificates, hiring managers no longer need to develop individual job announcements for each hiring need.
To begin RCG process, the Human Resources (HR) community analyzed attrition data, hiring trends, and budget submissions across HHS. They determined that 67% of projected FY 2011 hiring needs, almost 4,000 positions, came from only 12 occupational series. The HR community fostered strategic partnerships with the hiring managers at the Operating and Staff Divisions (OPDIVs and STAFFDIVs), as well as, with Subject Matter Experts to craft HHS-wide job announcements.
The first certificates were made available to managers on February 4, 2011 and managers are already making their selections. This critical initiative is assisting our agency in reducing its hiring timeframes below the Office of Personnel Management 80 day requirement. RCG has already reduced the amount of repetitive work spent on individual announcements and classification actions, while improving our customer service.