When it comes to government jobs, it appears we may be facing the perfect storm. Consider these factors:
1—The federal government payroll has been shrinking.
2—The ongoing baby boomer retirement has been decreasing government ranks.
3—Advertising its open positions is not the government’s best skill.
4—The online government jobs application process is very cumbersome, lengthy, and awkward.
5—Millennials are not turned on by the idea of government employment.
6—Millennials’ trust in public institutions is at a five-year low.
When I put all that together, I see many challenges ahead. Uncle Sam is going to have to reinvent his approach to public relations, talent attraction, and social media. Can he do that? Yes, it is possible. Unfortunately, we have to remember it will be like turning a battleship. It happens slowly.
In the meantime, the best candidates will gravitate to private industry opportunities, the government will continue to struggle, and millennials will be reinforced in their belief that working for the government is not very cool. Unless the lazy giants of government bureaucracy get off the couch and make rapid, substantive changes, then this will be a protracted perfect storm.