OPM site plays matchmaker for SES jobs

OPM site plays matchmaker for SES jobs

The Office of Personnel Management has created a Web site to encourage members of the Senior Executive Service to change jobs more often.

The site lets agencies post job listings, SES employees post resumes and both search the databases for matches.

'We like to call the site a yearbook of executives,' said Joe Rittle, director of OPM's SES Learning Center. 'It is a tool to get people talking to each other and ease the agency recruitment process. It hasn't always been easy for SES members to find out about vacancies.'

Congress created the SES in 1979 to let the federal government's most experienced managers move between agencies to help out on projects or gain new skills. But there has been minimal movement'less than 5 percent per year'within SES jobs, Rittle said.

OPM produced the SES Senior Opportunity and Resume System site, at sesmobility.opm.gov/ses.asp, for $75,000 in-house at its technical support center.

There are 7,000 SES career slots that include CIOs, chief financial officers and some division heads. Rittle said 75 percent of all SES positions are in the Washington metropolitan area.

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