Four-year-degree holders aren’t the only great talent available. Expand your hiring to include the other two-thirds of the workforce, as well.

You’ll find more qualified candidates, and instead of focusing exclusively on training, education and years of experience, looking at their skills means finding and retaining people who get the job done.

That’s what skills-based hiring is all about: focusing on the abilities required to do a job. And that’s what Skillful is here to help you do.


Find more, better-qualified candidates.

Skills-based hiring is up to five times more effective than any other method for selecting successful employees.1


Reduce recruiting costs and fill open positions faster.

Covidien Health Care, for example, saw hiring costs go down 74% and time-to-hire shrink 38%, simply by switching to a skills-based approach.2


Boost retention and employee engagement.

When Mercy Hospitals shifted to a skills-based model for entry-level medical and admin staff, turnover went down 28%.3

What can Skillful do for you?

We help shift your company from traditional hiring methods (those that focus on specific education or experience requirements) to a skills-based model that matches the modern workforce.

Start the transition to skills-based practices with the support of the tools below. They include guides and templates for skills-based job descriptions, interviews, and employee development that can help you fill roles and retain employees.




Find overview guides for skills-based practices and skills data for your positions. Learn the basics of building a skills-based hiring plan for your positions.




Find guides and tools to help evaluate and select candidates for their skills. Execute your skills-based hiring plan with these helpful guides and tools.



Onboarding & Development

Find guides and tools to support the growth and skill development for your employees. Maximize employees' performance and health and improve retention through smart, skills-based onboarding and development.

Our next webinar is October 30, 2018 at 11 am Mountain Time.

Register here.


You can find Skillful and other trainings at these facilities:



Do you work with employers who struggle to find or retain talent? Become a Skill Works trainer! Contact for more information. Put “Training” in the subject line.


Find the candidates that have the skills of your company’s top performers. Companies that work with Skillful will enjoy a discount on PAIRIN Lite, a hiring and selection tool that helps employers quickly, easily, and confidently identify the talent they need to succeed



 Skill Works: Skills-Based Hiring for the Public Sector

If you work in the public sector and are interested in transitioning to skills-based hiring practices (SBHP), check out "Skill Works: Skills-Based Hiring for the Public Sector." This guide is designed to help state leaders and hiring managers in the public sector transition from traditional hiring practices, which rely heavily on proxies for skills (e.g., credentials), to skills-based hiring practices, which focus on the skills needed to do a job. The tools that Skillful provides are intended to facilitate the transition to SBHP; however, this guide is currently in draft form. We encourage you, the state leaders and hiring managers, to customize it to fit your needs. If you do, please let the Skillful team know what you have learned. We are always looking for ways to improve our resources.

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