Employer Toolkit

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.

Learn more about Job Profiling


Become an ACT WorkKeys Profiler

A key to building a stronger workforce is assessing capabilities of workers and potential workers, and if workforce skills are found to be lacking, to provide opportunities for growth. As a WorkKeys Profiler you will help employers identify the skills needed for their jobs and create an additional revenue stream for your organization. Depending upon the local market, profilers can usually cover the one-time training fee and the annual software license fee by conducting one to two profiles annually.

For a limited time, the training fee for the WorkKeys Profiling training program is discounted if there are no/few currently authorized Profilers in your area – at 50% off the regular price. WorkKeys Profiling training is a combination of distance learning activities and webcasts, and culminates with an online simulation to practice and grow your skills. Contact ACT to determine if you are eligible for the discounted fee. (jpanswers@act.org or call 319-337-1724).

We can also come to YOU when pandemic conditions allow!

If at least 8 people in an area want to be trained as WorkKeys Profilers, ACT trainers can come to you, at no additional cost, for the simulation component of the Profile Training. Email jpanswers@act.org or call us at 319-337-1724.


Available Workshops

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October 11-22, 2021
Registration Deadline
(Agreement and Payment Due Date)
August 13, 2021
5 Weeks of Scheduled Online Learning Beginssuperscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it August 30, 2021
Live Webcast Schedule (normally 1:00-3:00pm CT) Webcast 1: August 30, 2021
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Webcast 3: September 23, 2021
Webcast 4: September 30, 2021
Webcast 5: October 7, 2021
Attend Simulation Workshop October 11-22, 2021

SHRM Certified Reception Provider

ACT, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP* or SHRM-SCP*. ACT WorkKeys Profiling Training is valid for 13.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP* or SHRM-SCP*. For more information about SHRM certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org



Verify A Certificate

If the individual has made their ACT WorkKeys NCRC information searchable for an employer, you may verify the level with ACT. To verify the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC) level of potential or current employees, enter the registration number here. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC registration number may be found on the front of the certificate as shown:

a mock example of an ACT WorkKeys NCRC Certificate. It contains the ACT logo along with a silver badge, recipients name, and a short description

Enter Certificate ID


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