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OPM director: Skills-based hiring will be ‘particularly helpful’ for recruiting cyber talent

FedScoop, Oct 23, 2020 – by Billy Mitchell.

The Trump administration’s recent order for agencies to evaluate job applicants based on competencies rather than just their level of education will greatly help the federal government in recruiting cybersecurity talent, the head of the Office of Personnel Management said Friday.

OPM recently did an analysis and found that just 27% of federal job classifications really needed an upfront education requirement for applicants, acting Director Michael Rigas said during CyberTalks. For the other 73%, “OPM will work closely with federal agencies to help them implement skills assessments that can effectively identify qualified applicants,” making it easier to recruit and hire qualified individuals who might not have a traditional college degree, he said.

This opens a major door for agencies to recruit and interview professionals who obtained their skills outside of school, such as through online training or on the job.

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