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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Human Resources

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Phone: 503-823-3572

Benefits Line: 503-823-6031

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 987, Portland, OR 97204

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Shelonda Simpson

1) How and when did your employment journey begin with the City of Portland?

I started by speaking with our outreach recruiter in June 2017. I began applying in August 2017 and started working after interviewing in January 2018.

2) What is your current role?

Senior Recruiter

3) Name one thing that you enjoy most or look forward to about your job?

I love connecting people to the right opportunity. And there are so many with the City. But we spend more time here than with our loved ones or doing what we love (recreationally) so it is important to be happy with what you are doing.

4) What is one advice or tip would you give to those seeking employment with the City?

If you have never applied for work in the public sector, or completed an application using the government jobs web site (or even if you have applied for one of our positions or another regional government position), I would encourage you to attend a How To Apply Class. I have been a recruiter for 25 years now, and this is the only place that weights more in your demonstrated ability than what you list on your resume. We want our qualified candidates to be successful and hardworking City of Portland employees. This tips, tricks, and pitfalls class will give you an idea of what makes our most successful candidates qualified, as well as teaching you how to highlight your comparable volunteer/education/work experiences.