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WorkKeys Job Profiling

Hiring really comes down to a skill match. There is some risk in taking the easy way out—making the quick hire rather than the quality hire. With WorkKeys job profiling, you can make the quality hire more quickly.

Having key positions WorkKeys job profiled will allow your company to know what exact WorkKeys foundational workplace skill levels are required for an employee to be efficiently trainable and succeed in the job. You can draw from a pool of qualified applicants with assurance that they will have the skills needed for successful job performance. The success of your organization hinges on the strength of your workforce.

What is WorkKeys Job Profiling?

It is a job analysis. An ACT licensed WorkKeys Profiler analyzes a job, occupation or curriculum, to identify benchmark WorkKeys skill level scores as key performance indicators for an individual's success at entry into the job. A job profile is highly recommended when the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or other WorkKeys skills are REQUIRED to get a job.

Benefits to Employers of WorkKeys Job Profiling

  • Reduce recruiting costs by narrowing applicant pool to those who have the right skills
  • Reduce training costs, turnover and speed up time to full productivity
  • Use a common method to measure applicant skills
  • Identify skill gaps — pinpoint areas where employees need improvement or additional training
  • Identify the most important job tasks and associated WorkKeys skills
  • A WorkKeys profile identifies benchmark scores as key performance indicators for success. Schools can also use these benchmarks for annual planning and evaluation and to address learning outcome measures for training programs and employers can use the scores to better screen applicants.

What WorkKeys Skills Can be Analyzed?

ACT offers 11 workplace assessments, that measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Find more information.

Four Key Steps of Job Profiling

Job profiling uses a focus group process to gather job task and WorkKeys skill information from job incumbents. It provides a report with customized task list and skill levels related to specific work examples. For more information on four key steps.

  • Step 1: Creating an Initial Task List
  • Step 2: Task Analysis with a focus group
  • Step 3: Skill Analysis with a focus group
  • Step 4: Documentation of results in a customized Job Profile Report
    (View a sample report 43 pages, 340KB)

Local Business Connection representatives from Alaska Job Centers work with employers to identify their unique organizational hiring needs, and to connect them and local job applicants to the Alaska Career Ready program, to help ensure they have the right skills to connect them to jobs. To view a list of Alaska businesses who have had their jobs WorkKeys Profiled, click here.

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