I worked at County of Utah full-time (More than 3 years)
Flexible hours with good benefits
Advancement is slow but that is expected
Advice to Management
Terribly unprofessional. For starters, these folks are still requiring paper applications with printed materials. That should be a major red flag. The process itself is typical government, slow, encumbered by superfluous processes.
The position for which I applied required an associate's degree and 2 years of experience. I had a bachelor's degree and 6 months experience. They stated on the job announcement that each year of education beyond an associate's would be considered equivalent to 6 months of experience. Assuming a bachelor's degree is typically two years more education than an associate's, that equates to 12 months. So, combined with my work experience, I had 18 months of experience, right?
A couple days after the open period closed, I received a form email declining the application on the grounds of not having an associate's degree/meeting minimum qualifications. Flustered, I called HR and very professionally asked to discuss the application (assuming a mistake had been made). Sure enough, the woman was hellbent on the fact that I didn't have an associate's degree. I couldn't convince her that a bachelor's degree was two years beyond an associate's and in some ways, better. Lunacy! So I respectfully requested to speak with the person who reviewed the application. She refused to connect me with her. Appalled, I asked to speak with the HR director. Also refused access.
I contacted the department head/hiring manager outside of HR. He was kind enough to elaborate on the reason I wasn't selected. It sounds like it came down to the fact that they wanted to fill the position as a level 1 requisition and because I had experience and a BA, I would have been hired at a level 2 (higher pay grade). So I guess it was a cost-saving measure and I was too expensive?
I decided at this point that my efforts would be fruitless and not worth anyone's time, most importantly, mine. I will never apply again, which I guess they are happy about. I had a similar experience several months prior but figured that was an anomaly. Nope, this is standard for Utah County. I wouldn't ever encourage someone to apply here. Considering the process whereby they select candidates is so fickle, I can't imagine anyone ever finds great success being employed here.
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