Over the past two years, the Skillful Colorado team, with our many partners, has worked with hundreds of employers to help them address their most pressing workforce needs.

In our conversations with organizations, one pain point comes up consistently: they struggle to find the talent they need to grow.

That’s why much of Skillful’s work focuses on showing employers that traditional employment practices are inefficient, inexact, and leave capable candidates on the sidelines because they rely heavily on proxies for skills (like a candidate’s degrees and their past job titles) and an interviewer’s subjective evaluation. We encourage employers to instead use skills-based practices, which focus on the skills needed to do a job.

Many of the employers we’ve worked with have expressed an interest in these forward-thinking approaches, but struggle with the art of writing a job posting that focuses on the skills that will best position new hires to succeed. Instead, many recycle outdated job postings, which often eliminate potentially great candidates from consideration.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that Skillful Colorado has developed a tool to make it easier than ever for employers to create job postings based on skills: the Skillful Job Posting Generator.

Developed with the support of Skillful partners Microsoft Philanthropies and LinkedIn, this new tool simplifies one of the first steps to hiring based on skills: identifying an open job’s required skills and competencies and incorporating them into a job posting.

With an easy-to-use design, the Skillful Job Posting Generator takes hiring managers, human resources professionals, and other decision-makers through a step-by-step process, auto-populating key fields – essentially taking the guesswork out of the process and making it much easier for employers to efficiently source and retain talent.

Businesses that adopt skills-based hiring practices are likely to benefit from a deeper talent pool, reduced time to hire, improved retention, and a more diverse workforce. We are excited to offer this resource to employers so that they can realize these benefits and thrive in a changing economy.

A number of Skillful Colorado’s key partners have expressed enthusiasm for this tool as a way to access new sources of talent. You can check out the Skillful Job Posting Generator here and begin creating more effective job postings today. You can also learn more about the tool by joining our webinar on January 23, 2018. Register here.

The Skillful Job Posting Generator is just one of many employer resources designed to help employers transition to skills-based practices. Check out the other resources on Skillful’s newly revamped Employer page.

The Skillful Job Posting Generator includes cutting edge information provided by EMSI, and public APIs from O*Net and ESCO. AirDev was contracted as the developer.

About Skillful Colorado, Skillful Indiana, and the Skillful State Network

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated to enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy. In partnership with Microsoft and others, Skillful is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration among 20 state governors to accelerate the development and deployment of effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets. Skillful is grateful for support provided by Walmart, and its partnerships with the states of Colorado and Indiana, Microsoft, Lumina Foundation, Purdue University and Purdue Extensions and many great local organizations committed to strengthening their local workforce and creating better opportunities for all.