GO-TIME: New State Employment Website Offers Improved Experience for Job Seekers

Harrisburg, PA. — An overhaul of the state’s job website and improvements to the application process are helping to make commonwealth employment more attractive to job seekers, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).

“For many years, outdated hiring processes have made it difficult for state agencies to compete with other employers in the job market,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “This is the first step in a much bigger effort to transform how we recruit and retain talent in state government.”

The new website at www.employment.pa.gov lists non-civil service vacancies, as well as test announcements for civil service positions. Previously, individuals had to go to two different websites for information on commonwealth testing and employment.

The website also includes a comprehensive list of high school, college, and graduate school student internship programs that were previously dispersed across multiple websites.

Non-civil service postings are now vacancy-specific and include the position title, work location and description of duties. Previously, individuals had to apply to general job categories without knowing the exact position or if any openings were available.

“The hiring process is more transparent for applicants and for managers,” said Minnich. “Job seekers know they are applying to a specific job that needs to be filled, and managers know that applicants are both interested in the work and available for the position.

Job seekers can also subscribe to be notified by email when vacancies become available, rather than constantly revisiting the site to check for new postings. The website and online job application are both mobile device friendly.

The new vacancy-based job postings are currently available only for non-civil service positions . The Office of Administration (OA) is working with the State Civil Service Commission to implement vacancy-based postings for the positions that it fills. Approximately 70 percent of all positions in state government are civil service.

OA is also working with the commission to fully transition its test announcements and online application process to employment.pa.gov. This will enable individuals to view and apply for state government jobs on one website, using the same online application.

The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), works with state agencies to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. State agencies already saved over $156 million and Governor Wolf challenged GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020.

To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.