Saturday, March 10, 2012

Its Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and Many People Want Them

There are opportunities out there now that the hard hiring freeze is over but the word is that you need to work for them. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a job and being an internal candidate may not be enough to get you an interview, there are just that many candidates seeking jobs with Oregon’s Department of Forestry.

Current employees, to be successful in getting an interview, and that new job, you need to take the application, associated test questions and interview seriously. Look at your application has it been updated recently? Do your test question answers show how your work experience exceeds the minimum qualifications? When you come to the interview do you really sell yourself to the board as if they have never met you before? Our mangers have been overrun by applications and it is up to you to make yours stand out to move forward in the hiring process.

New contract language was added this year that allows laid off seasonal employees to apply for internal promotional jobs. It was a pretty big deal to open that door but it is up to you to do all you can to get through it. At our next Statewide Forestry Meeting on May 5, 2012 (Surftides Motel, Lincoln City) we will provide training on how to write better test question answers and do your best at the interview. See you there.