How to Reach Passive Candidates for Municipal Jobs

Because passive candidates are happily employed, they aren’t applying for jobs at your municipality. Sometimes passive candidates are willing to look into opportunities that interest them, so you need to learn how to reach out to them for municipal jobs. Here are some tips:     Determine Current Staffing Needs  Conduct a staffing assessment to find out what knowledge and skills are needed to fill gaps in your workforce. Develop… Read More »

Learn How to Explain a Gap in Your Resume

Like most workers, odds are you have a gap somewhere on your resume. You may have taken time off for personal reasons or had difficulty finding employment after being downsized or let go. No matter the reason, you should be able to find a municipal job despite unemployed at some point.   Here are four actions you can take… Read More »

Use Your Network to Find Your Next Municipal Job

According to a study published on LinkedIn, over 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Because the majority of openings are unadvertised, if you’re looking for a municipal job, the best way to tap into the hidden market is by talking with people who work for your local municipality. They may be able to provide municipal career guidance… Read More »

3 Social Media Red Flags That Could Cost You the Job

Like most people, you are probably on social media as a means to connect with family and friends. However, putting out information for public view also means hiring managers have access to your personal information. In most cases, they will access your social media accounts to see what kind of person you are and whether you may be a… Read More »

Improve Your Team’s Productivity in These 10 Ways

An unfortunate trend is on the rise. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employees are less productive now than ever before. Because of the concerning decline, supervisors in municipalities need to take steps to improve their team’s productivity.   Here’s some advice on how to do that.   1.   Hire Right  Bring aboard the… Read More »

Use Your Soft Skills to Advance Your Career

Soft skills are intangible and hard to quantify. Although hard skills can be taught, soft skills have to be developed. Because soft skills facilitate human connections that help you build relationships while gaining visibility and more opportunities for advancement, municipality supervisors care more about soft skills than hard skills. To further advance your career, you want to develop the following soft skills.… Read More »

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an HR Director? 

If you like people, you may be interested in becoming an HR director for your local government municipality. Along with handling issues employees face in the workplace, an HR director is responsible for a variety of responsibilities that keep a municipality going.  Here are 10 skills every HR director needs to be successful:   1.      Communication    You must have excellent written… Read More »

What Are the Most Common Job Search Mistakes for Municipal Workers? 

When you’re searching for a municipal job, there’s little room for error. Doing or saying the wrong thing before, during or after your interview may take you out of the running. You need to correctly handle your job search to increase your odds of being offered a role. Here are five mistakes job seekers make when looking for a municipality… Read More »

Don’t Get Fooled Into Hiring the Wrong Person – 5 Red Flags to Watch for When Interviewing

Finding the right candidate for a municipal role is challenging. You can’t fully understand their work style, attitude and personality from documents, phone calls and meetings. Although candidates may be on their best behavior during an interview, you still need to be watching for signals that may uncover a bad hire. When you’re interviewing a candidate for a position, be… Read More »

11 Work Habits That Will Make You Happier at Work

Because you spend more time at your municipal job each week than you do at home, it’s important to be happy there. Happy workers are more engaged, productive and satisfied with their roles. Fortunately, happiness at work is within your control.   Here are 11 work habits that are sure to make you happier in your workplace.  … Read More »