Abstracts: September 30th, 1998

Lee G, Baker A, Beard DPeople Management, (UK), 14 May 98 (4/10)

Start page: 52 No of pages: 4

Describes the recently revamped system used by the UK government department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to recruit staff, showing how the introduction of competency-based selection and a different, less traditional approach to recruitment advertising had the effect of reducing the number of women applying and being selected for the jobs. Examines why this happened, presenting the results of a survey of men and women which showed them the adverts and asked them to give their reactions to the adverts and to rank the competences needed for the jobs. Explains the changes made to the advertisements to make them more attractive to women and to give a more accurate impressions of the skills needed by applicants.

Subject(s): WOMEN, CIVIL SERVICE, RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING, SKILLS, EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, UNITED KINGDOM

Database: PTA: Personnel & Training Abstracts

Style: Theoretical with application in practice. Reference: 27AP069

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