Recruitment and Selection Challenges in Public Government: Addressing Recruitment and Selection Challenges for Public Employers in the Greater Los Angeles Area

This study investigates the problems of recruitment and selection in the public sector specifically targeting local governments in the greater Los Angeles area. With the increasing competition amongst employers to attract and retain the best pool of candidates, public sector employers must adapt and cater to the next generation of workers. The issue of recruitment is spread at all level of governments but it is at the local level that organizations are experiencing the most challenges. Through in depth interviews with Human Resources managers and directors, this research investigates the problems that local governments are experiencing and what strategies are they implementing to address workforce planning. Findings show that public administrators must adopt new processes in the recruitment and selection and that the old civil service process must be reviewed in order for organizations to attract the best pool of workers.