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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
July 22, 2011

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‘Hiring Event’ Benefits Job Candidates, NIH

Glycosciences Research Day featured a poster competition with over 60 abstracts.
The registration table for candidates is staffed by (from l) Ivori Lipscomb-Warren, Amarylis Lopez and Christine Conyers.

NIH’s Office of Human Resources held its second annual Hiring Event for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities recently at the Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington, D.C. Managers from many institutes and centers interviewed more than 100 pre-screened candidates for a variety of professional, technical, scientific and administrative positions.

The event is part of NIH’s strategy to recruit the best candidates in often-underserved groups. Hiring veterans and persons with disabilities remains a priority for President Obama; NIH is implementing a variety of initiatives to support the effort.

To find candidates, NIH worked closely with associations and organizations supporting veterans and persons with disabilities to spread the word to their members. NIH also advertised in newspapers, radio and social media.

The online job announcement attracted several hundred applications that were pre-screened by OHR. Only the most qualified applicants were invited to interview at the Hiring Event.

“We were really pleased by the high caliber of the candidates we interviewed,” said Rebecca Claycamp, chief grants management officer with NIMH. “We didn’t attend just to say we did; we came looking for high-quality candidates and we found them,” she continued, noting that her office has hired an individual interviewed at the event.

“In addition to being an important event that will help NIH achieve hiring goals established for these two unique populations, it is an extremely rewarding experience,” said Valerie Gill, director of OHR’s Client Services Division. “You have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life by providing an employment opportunity and also help NIH fill critical vacancies with high-caliber candidates.”—John Grill NIHRecord Icon

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