ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling & WorkKeys Estimator

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 job 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.

Benefits of Job Profiling

Job profiling brings the specifics of a job into focus. 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. The focus groups are led by ACT-Authorized Job Profilers who have completed an intensive training program conducted by ACT where they have gained an in-depth understanding of the WorkKeys Skills and Skill Levels.

Job Profiling 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 customized 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.

Job profiling is appropriate if an employer intends to use the results to determine hiring standards and decides that they are covered by the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.  Employers may find a job profile meets their needs as it provides the documentation (customized task list and a content validity report) needed to show that the tests used are relevant to the jobs being performed.

WorkKeys Estimator

WorkKeys Estimator is a step-by-step process used to estimate the WorkKeys skill and skill level requirements needed for entry into and effective performance in training programs, career and technical education programs, apprenticeship programs, and jobs at small employers as defined by the Uniform Guidelines for Employee Selection Procedures.  The process can be completed individually or in a group setting. 

Benefits of WorkKeys Estimator

Because WorkKeys Estimator is provided in a step-by-step format, no training is required to facilitate the process. However, an ACT-Authorized WorkKeys Job Profiler is ideally suited to provide this service since they have received in-depth and extensive training on all of the WorkKeys skills and skill levels. WorkKeys Estimator is available for purchase at the ACT iStore (act.org/istore/wkestimator) and the material is electronically available following the purchase.  Alternatively, you can contact a Work Ready Community Leader or ACT-Authorized Job Profiler.    

Additional Types of 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.

 

Resources

Search for jobs by skills using an occupational profiling database.

 

Questions?

Learn more about putting WorkKeys Job Profiling to work.