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We have moved to Wordpress! Posted by Jason Links to this post The Recruiting Front Lines has evolved. At the beginning of the year, I changed jobs within my company, moving away from Outreach and Education, and into my new role as Director of Business Development. While I remain closely involved with our field activity, I am now more focused on strategic partnerships, social media, and the world of internet recruitment resources. As I have made this change, the focus of my blog content has also changed. Recently, I began to feel that many of the ideas I had for blog posts would not fit within the framework of The Recruiting Front Lines. This was a cause of some frustration, as I felt that I was either misrepresenting my content with the title of my blog, or that I was stifling my writing because I felt it didn't fit. To rectify this situation, I have created a new blog home, now on WordPress. I am still ironing out the wrinkles, but feel that it is far enough along that I can move all my past content, and begin posting all new content, at the new address. I would like to formally welcome everyone to come check out my new home at I can't wait to hear what you think! Best Regards, and Thank you for your time and attention over the past 18 months. Jason

Dec 9, 2008

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Best Skills Inventory I've Found

I've been researching Skills Inventories and Skill Sets in relation to job functions for an upcoming seminar I'm developing. If you'd like to share your input on what I'm working on, please check out some more detail in this forum at HRM TODAY, the Social Network for Today's HR Professional- free plug Laurie, no need to send money :) If you're not familiar with this resource, take a look around, it's a great place to peruse.

Anyway, in my research, I've come across numerous lists and processes for job seekers to itemize their on skills inventory. In the program I'm working on, HR professionals will use similar methodology to uncover latent skills within their current workforce. Once uncovered, the employer can provide opportunities to employees to work cross functionally, effectively increasing productivity, engagement, and retention. This is even more important during a recession (remember, like Hermione Grainger said in Harry Potter, "fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself"- IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE REALITY OF OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT- sorry... I digress), when employers are forced to do more with less.

In my digging, I found the following worksheet to be of the most value, at least in my opinion, and thought I'd pass it along. This is a great Skills Inventory list from SunRaye Enterprises. You can find more great info like this at their website:

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A Free Internet Resource from SunRaye Enterprises

Worksheet #5 - Skills Inventory Worksheet

For each skill, rank your degree of competence as you would compare yourself with others -- your classmates, friends etc. For those skills where your degree of competence is above average, describe briefly the experience(s) in which you gained the skill.

Skill Never
Experience(s) Where You Gained the Skill
Situations or Data

Equipment or information

Mathematical computations or risk assessment

Guiding or tutoring

Ability to compete with others and a willingness to be measured on performance

Data or facts

Persistent, faithful

Objects or buildings

Activities or events

Answering or initiating


Artistic creations, new ideas or inventions

Finding alternatives, making best use of resources or materials

Tasks or responsibilities

Products or systems

Ability to define personal goals and needs

Ideas, products or equipment

Newspapers or magazines

Energy Level
Ability to demonstrate a forcefulness and capacity to make things move ahead

Costs, income or physical space

Performance, programs, processes or events

Capable of change and receptive to new situations and ideas

Fund Raising
One-to-one or through media

Goal Achievement
Ability to identify, work toward and obtain specific objectives

Group Facilitating
Managing group interactions

Handling Complaints
Parents, clients or citizens

Inspecting or Examining
Physical objects, financial statements, or through test administration

Data, legal, medical terminology or another language

Seeking information from others and making subsequent decisions or suggestions

Private information underlying causes or events

Making Layouts
For printed media public displays or advertising


Meeting the Public
Receptionist, host, agency or product rep, salesperson, etc.

Progress of people or equipment

Self and others

Physical phenomena, human behaviour or situations

Equipment, machines or vehicles

People, information or events

Ability to remain calm, endurance

Budgeting, goal setting, scheduling

Ability to continue a course of action in spite of difficulties or opposition

Equipment or activities

One-to-one or though media

Numerical or scientific data

Record Keeping
Logs, files or time sheets

Equipment, vehicles, furniture, appliances, accessories, etc.

Obtaining information from the library, surveys or physical data

Ability to assess your own capabilities

Ability to identify purposeful work and to take action

Ideas, products or policies

A product or an individual

Pictures, diagrams or charts

In public, groups or via electronic media

People or processes

Formal or informal

Organizing time or events

Equipment or situations

Information or records

Using Instruments
Engineering, medical or scientific

Creative, business, or non-fiction

Other Skills You'd Like to Add (e.g. Word Processing, Spread Sheets, Accounting)

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