Lima smooths hiring processes to attract candidates


By David Trinko - dtrinko@limanews.com



Kari Keener, the director of human resources for the City of Lima, holds up a business card with QR codes for links to Lima’s job resources during the city’s weekly press conference Wednesday.

Kari Keener, the director of human resources for the City of Lima, holds up a business card with QR codes for links to Lima’s job resources during the city’s weekly press conference Wednesday.


David Trinko | The Lima News

LIMA — Did you throw away the letter about a possible job with the City of Lima? No problem.

Are you a nervous test-taker who could be a police officer? No problem.

Are you good with laboring but just don’t have your commercial driver’s license? No problem.

Lima announced Wednesday it’s trying to simplify its processes and provide some help along the way, from notifying people about jobs all the way through 90 days after the hire for one role.

“We’ve sent out mailers, and it takes a lot of time, a lot of money to process all that mail, all to get that letter pitched right into the trash,” said Kari Keener, director of human resources for the city. “We’ve modernized it a little bit.”

The city will now send out postcards alerting people about openings within the city. The mailers and some business card-sized items distributed by the city to area businesses and its front desk include online links to the city’s job listings, j.mp/2UZUFiD.

The city has several openings in various departments, including construction, maintenance and police jobs. The city is finding what many employers have discovered, that it’s a job-seeker’s market out there.

Particularly with the construction and maintenance job available, Keener said qualified people had to be skipped because they didn’t have a CDL. That requirement is gone now, with candidates having 90 days after hiring to earn their CDL, with the city pitching in on the costs of that.

Similarly, Major Jim Baker of the Lima Police Department said his department’s trying to help ease the burdens of taking the Civil Services Board test when it comes up Saturday, Aug. 28.

Baker will lead a training session at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bradfield Community Center, 550 S. Collett St., Lima, where he’ll coach candidates on what to expect on the test and how the hiring process works for police officers.

“We don’t want that to be intimidating at all, that the test is not difficult at all,” Baker said, before deadpanning, “I passed.”

If tonight’s session doesn’t work, another is planned for 7 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 5, at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1110 N. Metcalf St., Lima. The sessions will also be streamed on the LPD’s Facebook page, facebook.com/LimaPoliceDepartment, where it can be viewed later for anyone who couldn’t make that meeting.

Kari Keener, the director of human resources for the City of Lima, holds up a business card with QR codes for links to Lima’s job resources during the city’s weekly press conference Wednesday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/web1_Keener-Kari.jpgKari Keener, the director of human resources for the City of Lima, holds up a business card with QR codes for links to Lima’s job resources during the city’s weekly press conference Wednesday. David Trinko | The Lima News

By David Trinko

dtrinko@limanews.com

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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