Government Hosting Virtual IT Job Fair

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-04-05 Print this article Print

The Federal CIO Council and the Office of Personnel Management will host a virtual IT job fair that will run April 22-26 at the OPM's site.

Citing widespread dot-com demise and the effects of the depressed economy on the IT work force, the Federal CIO Council has joined with the Office of Personnel Management to host a virtual IT job fair that will run April 22-26 at the OPMs site, The job fair was inspired by a report on the IT work force from the National Academy of Public Administration that found that many IT professionals had lost their jobs post-Sept. 11. Ira Hobbs, co-chair of the Federal CIO Council work force and Human Capital for IT Committee, said in a release that the job fair is the governments response to a "unique opportunity to upgrade the Federal IT work force while helping the nations economy recover." The OPM and Hobbs committee have developed a specialized online application and assessment process for candidate evaluation. After taking competency tests and technical skills self-certification exams, candidates will then be able to apply for IT positions ranging from GS-7 through GS-13 grade levels at government agencies.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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