New Mexico struggles to fill vacant government positions

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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 8:15 pm | Updated: 12:16 am, Mon Oct 21, 2013.

The state Children, Youth and Families Department is having a hard time recruiting front-line workers in its Protective Services and Juvenile Justice Services divisions.

In a letter Friday, state Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, D-Santa Fe, asked Gov. Susana Martinez to fill vacancies at both divisions, which have vacancy rates of 15 and 14 percent respectively.

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  • Lucy Foma posted at 4:00 pm on Tue, Oct 22, 2013.

    Lucy F Posts: 1

    My husband and I recently moved back to Santa Fe after finishing grad school (we're both in our 20's). We both applied for multiple state positions that we were eligible for but were not referred to the agencies for interviews. I was told by several other young professionals that unless you knew how to fill out the general application form, you didn't have a chance with the State Personnel Office review even if you were qualified. Apparently there are tricks that you need to get around the system.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 3:58 pm on Tue, Oct 22, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 974

    Oh brother, one person recycles the same old acusation of "THE ONLY way to get in with the State" B.S. and you'll "buy" that instead.
    That is such a slap in the face of extremely talented, hard working, employees who put in the effort and tuition to be tops in their field, without the private sector pay, say in Information systems, law enforcement, animal biologists, forestry, engineering, sciences, history, employees that help children, the elderly, disabled, those in education, geology, Indian affairs, art and culture.
    You REALLY think all of these State employees knew someone?
    What a crock.

  • Kathy Meyer posted at 8:12 pm on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    katmeyster Posts: 3

    When I moved to Santa Fe a couple of years ago I applied for several state positions that I was 100% qualified for according to the requirements listed. I was summarily ignored (I believe I received a cursory response a few months later).

    I was informed by a long-term employee that unless you "know someone" your application will not even be acknowledged. Education, experience and knowledge are not the criteria for employment in New Mexico.

    So I'm not buying this article.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 2:00 pm on Mon, Oct 21, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 151

    i'll take a job at either.


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