FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. – Lori Ramirez, Workforce Services and Development Directorate executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency, joined Jason Martin, DISA’s Development and Business Center vice director, to talk about the agency’s virtual recruiting efforts at a TechNet Cyber webinar on Aug. 19.
Martin and Ramirez discussed DISA’s virtual recruiting efforts and how the nation’s premier IT combat support agency’s transition to virtual recruiting complements traditional approaches in recruiting its agile and resilient workforce, according to an AFCEA release issued on behalf of DISA’s public affairs office.
DISA wants potential candidates to know that it is hiring and has many job openings. While nearly 50% of DISA’s workforce is clustered in the IT arena, Ramirez explained, there are also numerous positions open to engineers, scientists, contracting personnel, human resources specialists, and financial analysts. “If someone is interested in delivering services to the warfighter, we probably have a career field for you,” she said.
“We have really embraced technology in order to make connections. … Previously we had really thought of it [recruiting] as an in person kind of event. Now our organization actually looks across and looks for virtual opportunities, instead of waiting for them to come to us… We can recruit people anywhere. It’s allowed us to look anywhere. We are not limited by the tyranny of geography or time,” Ramirez explained.
Martin emphasized that DISA is a global organization with outposts around the world.
“[Virtual recruiting] is global. We are global. This has allowed us to recruit globally. Our candidate pool instantly increased.”
DISA attributes much of its recruiting success to its dedicated employees and mission.
“It has been overwhelming, the number of people that have volunteered to be DISA ambassadors. There has been tremendous support throughout the agency. We hear from the students and the interns, ‘Your staff has been so welcoming, so helpful.’ … From GS-1 to SES and our three-star admiral, they’re all recruiters,” Martin said.
DISA is the Defense Department’s IT combat support agency providing real-time information technology and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, the military services, and the combatant commands. From its Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters and through worldwide field activities, DISA offers IT services, capabilities and acquisition expertise that enable warfighters to accomplish their missions.
“Recruiting is not a human resources function … The advantage [to virtual recruiting] is the outreach and the communication, and the realization among all our personnel is that everyone is a recruiter. By our actions, and by the mission we get done. That result has been phenomenal.”
The session is available to view on demand through registration on WorkCast at https://www.afcea.org/site/webinars-demand.
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