ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling

ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling

Matching skills to jobs

Just ask any business leader: skill shortages are an expensive, time-wasting barrier to effective hiring and training. How can employers determine which individuals are the best fit for highly skilled positions, or which workers are the top candidates to receive job-specific training?

This is why nearly 75 percent of businesses use skill profiling—the process of analyzing the skills needed for job tasks—in their recruiting and hiring practices, according to a recent study by Society for Human Resource Management and ACT. With job profiling:

  • Employers can identify skills and skill levels current and prospective employees need in order to be successful on the job.
  • Individuals can compare their skill levels to those needed for jobs.
  • Trainers and trainees can make appropriate decisions about jobs, identify strengths, and set training goals.

The ACT WorkKeys job profiling method links job tasks with ACT WorkKeys assessments to pinpoint benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training. ACT job profiling takes a focus-group approach, using input from employees to ensure customized job analysis.

Benefits of Job Profiling

Job profiling brings the specifics of a job into focus. It provides users with:

  • A detailed, customized task list—this is the first step in developing a comprehensive job description, training materials, performance appraisal instruments, and other human resources tools.
  • A personalized content validity report—your report contains detailed rationale linking job tasks to ACT WorkKeys skill levels.
  • Useful information for hiring, promotion, and training—Job profiling establishes content validity for the ACT WorkKeys assessments, so you can feel confident using them to make selection, advancement, and training decisions.
  • Employee support—Employees actively participate in the job profiling process, increasing the likelihood for buy-in and goodwill.

Additional Types of Job Profiles

  • Curriculum profiles identify the skill levels required for entrance into a program of study and for program completion.
  • Occupational profiles identify the skill levels required for an occupation across jobs, companies, or industries. Occupational profiles can be used to set instructional standards and develop curricula designed to help students meet the skill requirements for occupations.
  • Curriculum alignments facilitate objective discussions between employers and educators to identify courses of action that can be taken to update curriculum to meet employer needs. The results from a curriculum profile and a job or occupational profile are the foundation of a curriculum alignment.


Become an ACT Authorized Job Profiler

The WorkKeys Job Profiling Training program teaches you the process for collecting information and determining the skills and skill levels necessary for job performance.




Search for jobs by skills using an occupational profiling database.




Learn more about putting WorkKeys Job Profiling to work.