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Skillful Talent Series

Online training in skills-based talent management and hiring practices

January 25, 2024

At a Glance

Participants in the Skillful Talent Series will learn effective ways to attract, select, and retain workers that bring in-demand skills to your organization. Skills-based hiring practices effectively reduce hiring bias and improve employee retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

The Skillful Talent Series provides practical guidance and support to help employers—and those who provide business development or human resources (HR) guidance to employers—to implement an inclusive, skills-based strategy. This series was developed with input from HR experts, training specialists, career advisors, worker-serving organizations, and others, providing participants with a wealth of expertise and insights.

Designed to help employers break away from traditional, outdated hiring methods, which overly rely on proxies for skills like degrees, previous job titles, years of experience, and subjective evaluation, the 30-minute online courses are arranged in five modules, one for each stage of the talent management process. The training is Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certified for professional development credit, and the modules cover the key pillars of skills-based hiring: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training and advancement.

The content from the Skillful Talent Series has been valuable for me and my workers, and it is helping me access candidates that would have otherwise been overlooked. I was able to learn the concepts for skills-based hiring and was provided additional tools and resources to create and update job postings. Having this available digitally will be a great way for companies to deploy more broadly across their organization.

Nicole McMurray, Regional Vice President, AppleOne

What Participants Will Learn

How to attract, recruit, and retain workers that have the right skills for the job What the basic principles of skills-based talent management are from hiring to promotion How to become an advocate for more equitable and effective hiring practices Tools and techniques to help organizations to build a more diverse workforce Facts and examples to make the business case for adopting skills-based practices


Who Will Benefit From This Course

  • Anyone who hires or manages staff, whether for a business, nonprofit organization, or public entity
  • HR teams and hiring managers
  • Senior leaders, particularly those working for smaller businesses
  • Those who advise businesses on workforce issues, e.g., hiring and staff development

More Information

Time Commitment: Short, self-paced courses take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The total training series takes less than three hours to complete. Users have the option to take one course or complete the full series.

Format: The online training series is comprised of five courses that can be completed over time. The training is presented as engaging animated videos, interactive quizzes, and downloadable guides, and includes instruction on how to use key tools and resources recommended in the training.

Cost: Free

How to register: To receive an access code for the training, please complete this form. For any additional inquiries, or to learn more about the Rework America Alliance, you can contact us at

Training Content

Attract the Right Talent

Participants will learn:

  • How to attract and retain applicants with the right skills for the job
  • What skills-based talent management means and why it is important
  • How to write a skills-based job posting


Candidate Evaluation

Participants will learn:

  • How to evaluate a candidate based on skills
  • Why skills assessments are important to evaluation
  • How to conduct a skills-based assessment


Skills-Based Candidate Selection

Participants will learn:

  • How to develop skills-based assessments and determine the proficiency criteria for a role
  • How to conduct skills-based interviews
  • Techniques for identifying top candidates


Skills-Based Onboarding 

Participants will learn:

  • How to develop an onboarding process that sets a new candidate up for success
  • How to align onboarding activities with job skills
  • Tips for developing skills-based management practices


Skills-Based Development 

Participants will learn:

  • How to retain workers and reduce turnover
  • The principles of skills-based development practices
  • How to teach workers new skills, develop key competencies, and create job progression plans