Want job with Clinton? Send resume (a machine will read it)

December 09, 1992|By John Fairhall | John Fairhall,Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- If you want one of the 4,000 jobs President Bill Clinton will fill, hurry: His office has already received about 11,000 resumes and expects 90,000 more.

"Send it in fast," advised Mark Gearan, deputy director of Mr. Clinton's transition office here.

Mr. Clinton's aides have responded to the paper tide with high technology. A computer with "artificial intelligence" scans each resume and records information by category, such as the person's specialty, eliminating the need to store any paper.

To keep up with the mail, paid personnel and a volunteer force of about 35 run the computer from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It takes three seconds for the machine to read a page.

But as intelligent as the Resumix Inc. machine is, it does not decide whom to hire, reporters were assured during a tour of transition offices yesterday.

Personnel experts identified as "recruiters" and "search managers" cull information recorded by the computer in quest of "desirables," Resumix consultants said. The man overseeing this task -- for jobs below Cabinet level -- is former South Carolina Gov. Dick Riley.

"Obviously, what we are trying to do first of all is to match skills with basic job requirements," said Alexis M. Herman, another transition deputy director. "So we're spending a lot of time looking at the appropriate skill mix that would be necessary.

"This is also an administration that is concerned about broadening its outreach. Governor Clinton has said repeatedly he wants an administration that mirrors America. So certainly we would take those considerations into our deliberations as we begin our weeding-out process."

Mr. Gearan said it will be at least a few weeks before most people know whether they have landed jobs. "By the time the inaugural rolls around we'll have a steady stream of people ready to start in office," he said.

Ms. Herman noted that it might be late spring before all jobs are filled.

So send your resume in now, to the Office of the President-elect at 1120 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20270.

Even if you don't get a job, you will get a personally signed letter acknowledging your letter. It's something to show the children.

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