Job Profiling: Matching Skills to Jobs

Just ask any business leader: skill shortages are an expensive, time-wasting barrier to effective hiring and training. How can employers determine which individuals are the best fit for highly skilled positions, or which workers are the top candidates to receive job-specific training?

This is why nearly 75 percent of businesses use job profiling—the process of analyzing the skills needed for job tasks—in their recruiting and hiring practices, according to a recent study by Society for Human Resource Management and ACT®. With skill analysis:

  • Employers can identify skills and skill levels current and prospective employees need in order to be successful on the job.
  • Individuals can compare their skill levels to those needed for jobs.
  • Trainers and trainees can make appropriate decisions about jobs, identify strengths, and set training goals.

Job profiling brings the specifics of a job into focus. The ACT WorkKeys job profiling method links job tasks with ACT WorkKeys Assessments to pinpoint benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement and training. ACT job profiling takes a focus-group approach, using input from employees to ensure customized job analysis. Lisa Hawk, Director of NC Works Customized Training at Forsyth Tech is one of only three ACT Authorized Job Profilers in North Carolina. She has completed intensive training conducted by ACT and has an in-depth understanding of the WorkKeys Skills and Skill Levels. For more information about ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling you can contact Lisa Hawk at 336.734.7705 or by email at

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