Skillful Talent Series | Markle
Skillful Talent Series | Markle

Skillful Talent Series

Online training in skills-based talent management and hiring practices.

Learn effective ways to attract, select and retain workers that bring in-demand skills to your organization, with the Skillful Talent Series, from the Rework America Alliance.  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 that provide business development or HR guidance to employers – to implement an inclusive, skills-based strategy. Developed with input from HR experts, training specialists, career advisors, worker-serving organizations, and others, the Skillful Talent Series draws on a wealth of expertise and insights from our partners.

The Skillful Talent Series is designed to help employers break away from traditional, outdated hiring methods, which overly rely on proxies for skills like degrees, previous job titles, years of experience, and subjective evaluation.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 short, 30-minute online courses are arranged in five modules, one for each stage of the talent management process and are SHRM-certified for professional development credit. 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 Manager, AppleOne

For more information about bringing the Skillful Talent Series to your organization or ways in which we can help you advise other businesses on adopting skills-based talent management practices, please contact us.

What You’ll Learn:

How to attract, recruit, and retain workers that have the right skills for the job

The basic principles of skills-based talent management 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, non-profit organization or public entity.
  • HR teams and hiring managers.
  • A good overview for senior leaders, particularly in smaller businesses.
  • Those that advise businesses on workforce issues, hiring and staff development.


Additional Details:

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

Cost: Free of charge.

How to register: Please contact us if you would like to register for this training series, share it with others in your organization, or advise other businesses on adopting skills-based talent management practices.

Training Content:

Attract the Right Talent

You 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

You will learn:

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

Skills-Based Candidate Selection

You 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

You 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

You will learn:

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

The Rework America Alliance is now led by Jobs for the Future (JFF). Alliance tools and resources are shared by JFF to support its North Star goal to help 75 million people facing systemic barriers to advancement move into quality jobs within the next 10 years. You can still access Alliance resources here while JFF works to get them live on its site, at

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