By Mrs Beth Clemons (ACC)February 16, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - In his new role at the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Bill Baxter hopes to use today's technology to recruit the workforce of tomorrow.
As ACC's new Deputy Chief of Staff, Human Capital, Baxter is eager to explore recruiting and outreach through nontraditional methods.
"There's a new generation of college students that don't attend traditional colleges, they come in through technical or vocational programs, attend classes online and go to school at night. These potential employees aren't reached through traditional college outreach programs and are more likely to pursue career options online," said Baxter.
Citing the growing popularity of mobile applications and smart phones, Baxter hopes to evaluate the command's current recruiting methods and make adaptations as needed.
"We need to take a strategic look at how we're recruiting and make sure we've got the right resources in the right place," said Baxter.
Baxter, who previously served as the U.S. Army Materiel Command's chief of personnel programs and policies, believes current employees are ACC's recruiters.
"People are our most valuable asset because they increase in value. As our employees grow they become ambassadors for the command and can help recruit new employees. I hope to use innovative methods to find that next generation of our workforce," said Baxter.
In the near future, Baxter hopes to establish a virtual recruiter to assist with questions and application procedures on the civilian recruiting website, www.ArmyHire.com, and possibly create a human capital Twitter account to help hiring.
"Fundamentally I believe ACC has a great workforce and unlimited potential for the workforce of tomorrow," Baxter said. "I hope to use my new position to enhance and grow the command."