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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
September 28, 2012
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NIH Holds Hiring Event for Vets, People with Disabilities
OHR’s corporate recruitment staff meets at the hiring event. Also present are (starting 3rd from r, rear) CSD Director Valerie Gill, OHR Deputy Director Phil Lenowitz and OHR Director Chris Major.
OHR’s corporate recruitment staff meets at the hiring event. Also present are (starting 3rd from r, rear) CSD Director Valerie Gill, OHR Deputy Director Phil Lenowitz and OHR Director Chris Major.

NIH recently held its 3rd annual hiring event for veterans and persons with disabilities. Organized by the Office of Human Resources, the event brought dozens of NIH managers and nearly 100 pre-screened candidates who participated in 155 interviews during the day-long session.

Valerie Gill, director of OHR’s Client Services Division, said, “I am so impressed and thankful for the participation and partnership offered by all of the institutes and centers in support of this event. The willingness of our outstanding hiring managers to participate in this unique hiring activity enabled OHR to create employment opportunities for veterans and persons with disabilities who might not have otherwise considered NIH as a viable career choice.”

E.C. Melvin, grants management team lead at NIGMS, added, “I found the event to be extremely organized and efficient. It was great to bring together a pool of qualified applicants and managers to explore employment options.”

OHR conducted outreach efforts within the targeted communities to prepare candidates for the day, including resume workshops and webinars. Applicants were screened to ensure their qualifications and were matched with NIH managers seeking candidates for positions ranging from food service workers to administrative officers.

Nearly 100 volunteers made sure all of the logistical details were taken care of, including making sure candidates felt welcome. Larry Chloupek, management liaison director, Office of Intramural Research, and a hiring manager, said, “This was my third year participating in the NIH hiring event and each year it surpasses my expectations. I again was very pleased with the outstanding quality of candidates.”

Jason Olsen, president of the advocacy group Federal Employees with Disabilities, praised NIH’s efforts: “I think it’s great—it’s very well organized and professionally run. NIH has done a lot of conscious and appropriate planning.” He hopes what he’s learned at the event will help other agencies improve their efforts to recruit persons with disabilities.


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