SKILLS-BASED HIRING
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SKILLFUL PLATFORM

Some of America’s fastest-growing and most promising industries—from information technology to advanced manufacturing and health care—face a consistent and critical challenge: finding workers. Businesses in these sectors, and others, report that the average time to fill important jobs is already long and getting longer, resulting in missed growth opportunities, increasing wage pressure and escalating recruiting costs.

Skills-based hiring can address this situation to the benefit of both employers and job seekers. When employers hire based on skills, they post tactical, transparent job descriptions that enable them to hire candidates based on whether they have the skills to get a job done, instead of requiring particular credentials—which may or may not reflect an individual’s actual capabilities. This shift to a focus on skills has the potential to impact a range of key business metrics, from reducing the time-to-hire and decreasing hiring costs to making a positive impact in an employer’s community.

The SKILLFUL platform offers employers a number of tools and resources to help enable and accelerate the adoption of skills-based hiring, including:

  • Ready-to-use, off-the-shelf skills-based job posting templates: Developed with data from Burning Glass, O*NET and 20+ intensive employer round tables, SKILLFUL has developed ready-to-use job posting templates for 10 top occupations in Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing. These occupations include Information Security Analysts and Software Developers in IT, and Machinists and Manufacturing Production Technicians in Advanced Manufacturing. Each template includes not only the technical skills required for a the job, but the foundational and soft skills needed to achieve long-term success. We will continue to refresh and expand these templates, so please feel free to participate in the process by contacting us to provide feedback.

    These occupation profiles include a job description, key activities, valuable certifications, the most commonly used tools and more. The occupation profiles also prioritize the top three skills in five key categories (e.g., Most Commonly Required, Most Preferred, etc.) and provide an annotated definition of what each skill means for the given occupation based on real-world input from staff and managers who actually work in that occupation.

    SKILLFUL encourages employers to join our network, and explore the opportunities offered through skills-based hiring. We look forward to working with our employer network, and the hiring community in general.

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Colorado

Colorado Technology Association
Founded in 1994, the Colorado Technology Association is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the
303-592-4070
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance
CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base in CO.
1-800-680-8820
Denver, CO 80211
CCCS Advanced Manufacturiong Career Pathways Tool
This is a career pathways tool for advanced manufacturing jobs
720-858-2867
Denver, CO 80204
Connecting Colorado
Connecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system that connects talent with opportunity
720-944-1615
Denver, CO 80204
Worklife Partnership
WorkLife Partnership is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating socially sustainable communities and thriving workplaces in Colorado.
303-298-1625
Denver, CO 80223

Phoenix

Arizona Technology Council
A non-profit association established to drive the continued advancement of the statewide technology industry
602-343-8324
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Arizona Manufacturing Partnership
he Arizona Manufacturing Partnership, a collaboration of industry groups, educational entities, state agencies and organizations, in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, has led the strategic effort to develop a manufacturing workforce and pipeline.
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy
602-845-1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Maricopa Workforce Connection
The Maricopa County Workforce Development Division is known as Arizona @ Work: Maricopa County. [email protected] is the statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs.
602-506-5911
Phoenix, AZ 85004
City of Phoenix Business Solutions
602-262-5040
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Chicanos Por La Causa
Founded and incorporated in 1969, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC) was created by a group of community and student activists of Mexican descent to address the problems of the barrios of South Central Phoenix, Arizona
602-257-0700
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Friendly House
Friendly House’s Workforce Development Program empowers individuals and families in the community to become self-sufficient through education, job placement and occupational training.
602-257-1870
Phoenix, AZ 85003
St. Joseph The Worker
Every day St. Joseph the Worker encounters more than 150 individuals who are ready to go to work. These individuals are screened and referred by our job developers to specific leads all across the Valley. Candidates are then provided with the resources they need to be successful on the job.
602-223-3469
Phoenix, AZ 85002