Energy revamps hiring website

Friday - 3/16/2012, 10:40am EDT

Mike Kane, chief human capital officer, Energy Department

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The Energy Department is trying to make it easier to attract top talent with a revamped website — Jobs.Energy.gov.

The site gives context to Energy jobs and offers explanations of programs and projects, said Mike Kane, the agency's chief human capital officer, in an interview with The Federal Drive with Emily Kopp and Jared Serbu.

"One of the things we're doing here is trying to figure out how to get more information about what we do into the hands of the public," Kane said. "While they're there [on Energy's website], they may see a project or a program or even work in an area that they're interested in. Then they can go to Energy Jobs and look at that job and it will take them directly to USAJobs [the government-wide jobs website]."

While other agencies are freezing hiring or reducing staff, Energy is hiring in specialized areas, specifically in technology positions such as cybersecurity, nuclear engineering and the basic sciences. President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget requested included a boost for Energy's budget in domestic and national security programs.

Kane said in his 35 years working in the federal hiring process, the ease now of applying for a federal job is "nothing short of a miracle to me." He said today the process relies on less paper and allows applicants to customize and track their applications.

The next "selfish" step is to ensure Energy is attracting the best people to its offices, he said.

The goal of the website was to make that process as easy as possible. "Let's make it as simple as it can be to get you to work for the U.S. Department of Energy. How easy can I make it for you to apply?" Kane said.