Campus News - April 9, 2001
Staff get UNM job preference
Program begins April 18
By Carol March
Experienced UNM staff can soon apply for internal promotions without competing
with external applicants.
The pilot program for Career Advancement starts on April 18 with nineteen jobs
in five general job groups. The groups include administrative, administrative
support, computer programming, library information specialist and accounting.
Art Gonzales, Human Resources employment manager says that the program is a
great opportunity for our staff. The Career Advancement program offers UNM staff
members the chance to compete for positions throughout the University. What
increases their odds for selection is that program participants are limited
to UNM employees, unlike regular job postings which are open to everyone.
A Career Advancement Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 2-4
PM in Hokona Hall. All employees are invited to attend. Staff from the Department
of Human Resources will be on hand to talk with employees and accept career
advancement applications. Employees can also send their applications to Human
Resources beginning April 18.
The new Career Advancement program makes it easier to apply for UNM jobs. Interested
employees submit an application to Human Resources for any of the pilot program
job titles. Applications will be screened for educational and experience requirements
and also for the knowledge, skills and abilities found on the job description.
Qualified employees are certified for the career advancement pool for that job title. Once certified for the pool, employees are notified via e-mail whenever a vacancy for that job title occurs. Employees choose whether they wish to apply for the vacancy.
To apply, they send their application materials directly to the hiring officer.
Certification into a pool is good for sixty days. To participate, employees
must have a valid e-mail address. All notifications to employees about job vacancies
are via e-mail. Employees will have three days to send their application materials
to the hiring officer after being notified about the opening.
I am pleased to finally be able to offer true preference for internal
promotions to our experienced staff, says Susan A. Carkeek, Associate
Vice President and Director/Human Resources. A campus-wide committee helped
us re-vamp our procedures to make them easier for everyone, and this program
is the result.
On May 7, Human Resources will begin accepting hiring requests from departments.
Departments can list specific preferences in their requests that will be included
in the posting.
Career advancement jobs can be filled faster. Because employees are notified
about openings via e-mail, departments can begin reviewing referrals right away.
Pools will contain highly qualified, pre-screened candidates with the skills
necessary to succeed in the job and who will need less training because they
are experienced in UNM policies and procedures.
Departments can choose whether to use a career advancement pool for an opening.
If they prefer to consider external applicants, internal applicants with comparable
qualifications will be given preference.
If the pilot program is successful, more job titles will be added to Career
Advancement. Only newly created jobs are excluded. However, the job titles available
for career advancement may change based on OEO utilization. The most current
list of titles will be posted on the Web at http://www.unm.edu/%7Eemploy/careeradvance.htm
and updated regularly.
If employees need assistance in obtaining an e-mail account, CIRT and the Staff
Services Office can help. Employees can access their e-mail at the UNM computer
pods and the Staff Services Office in Hokona Hall.
For more information about applying for a Career Advancement pool or requesting a Career Advancement pool for your next opening, contact the Department of Human Resources Main Campus at 277-2454 or Health Sciences Center at 272-6445.
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