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Workshop Sessions focused on skills-based employment practices

The SKILLFUL® Talent Series is designed to help employers break away from traditional hiring methods and transition to skills-based employment practices. This training series includes four interactive, two-hour, workshop sessions starting on April 22, followed by consecutive, sequential weekly sessions. Each workshop will build upon the skills learned in previous sessions so we strongly encourage you to register and attend the remaining three.

Participants are eligible to earn a total of 2.0 PDCs for SHRM-CP(r) or SHRM-SCP(r) per session.


COMPLETED | SESSION 1 – Thursday, April 22 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SKILLFUL® Talent Series 101: Attract the Right Talent
Hiring the right employee is now more important than ever. As the economy changes, our hiring practices should adapt and ensure we hire the best employee possible. A skills-based approach to hiring can increase retention by up to 65% and improve staff performance. Reduce bias to improve inclusivity and equity in your hiring process. Join us to learn how to attract the right candidates based on their skills and not proxy.

In this session, you will learn how to: 
• How to focus your job posting on the skills candidates need to succeed
• Broaden your talent pools to all qualified applicants
• How to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion while reducing bias in your hiring process
• Source and recruit the right talent that you’re struggling to find

COMPLETED | SESSION 2 – Thursday, April 29 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SKILLFUL® Talent Series 102: Candidate Evaluation
People are crucial for a company’s success. By emphasizing a candidates’ skills in an interview and through skill assessments you’ll be able to double the effectiveness of your interview process and choose the candidate most likely to succeed. 

In this session, you will learn: 
• Avoid filtering out qualified candidates in the screening process 
• Craft interview questions that allow candidates’ opportunity to demonstrate occupational and foundational (also known as “hard” and “soft”) skills
• Select and design an assessment to accurately evaluate candidates’ skills

COMPLETED SESSION 3 – Thursday, May 6 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SKILLFUL® Talent Series 103: Selection and Onboarding
In order to accomplish hiring goals, hiring managers are tempted to select and onboard new hires as fast as possible. This approach often results in a “sink or swim mentality for onboarding. All too often, organizations rely on outdated checklists to onboard new employees. These processes use a one-size-fits-all approach and make it more difficult for new hires to get up to speed. 

In this session, you will learn: 
• Create guidelines for your selection process to identify and reduce bias
• Select the best candidate based on their skills
• Identify areas of development for new employees to inform onboarding
• Onboard your new hire and equip them with the tools and skills they need to succeed

SESSION 4 – Thursday, May 13 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SKILLFUL® Talent Series 104: Employee Retention
Did you know that it can take up to three years for an external hire to become as proficient on the job as an internal promotion? To fill your positions, make sure you’re not overlooking the great candidates already on your staff! Identify what skills your employees have and what they need to develop. 

In this session, you will learn how to: 
• Identify what skills your new hire has, and what skills they need 
• Set up a training program to upskill new and current employees 
• Create transparent and inclusive advancement opportunities for employees