Underused Talent Management Features: Jobseeker Certifications

Posted by Judy Fort on August 20, 2018

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In this series, we are going to explore some of the features that Deltek Talent Management offers, but that we have found are under-utilized. You may have started with the basics and planned to expand later or maybe you missed out on some of the new features that came out during software releases. No matter where you are today with your Talent Management solution we are going to shine a  spotlight on areas that will help you leverage the full solution and make it easier for you to do the things you need to do.

Did you know that you can collect candidate certification details during the application process? This standard system functionality, which was added in our recent 15.1 software release, will help you to identify the most qualified candidates faster by highlighting their professional certifications and licenses. Once you’ve found the perfect candidate, you’ll be able to take the guesswork out of allocating your new resource. This is another way to keep the information you need at your fingertips.

We are seeing a major shift in the talent marketplace. In the past, the ball was in the employer’s court, but low unemployment and a growing economy has shifted the ball to the court of the employee or candidate. Many candidates are entertaining multiple options and routinely receive multiple offers. According to research conducted by Deltek in multiple industries; including Architecture and Engineering, Government Contracting, and Consulting, project focused organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to locate and acquire qualified talent. The organizations that are most successful at acquiring top talent know how to move fast by leveraging the technology available to them. This feature can help you to quickly sort through candidates to find the qualifications you need for your next project.

Talent Management has always supported the collection of this information, but our 15.1 release made this feature much easier to, include in your process. Automatically adding certifications to an employee’s learning record when they are hired will streamline your onboarding process and eliminate the need for duplicate entry. This combination of features from Deltek Talent Acquisition and Deltek Talent Learning makes this capability more focused and embeds it into the workflows of the system.

Here’s how you can leverage this great feature in your own acquisition process:

When a job seeker applies, the request to upload certifications can be added as a step in the online application process. During the application process, candidates can select from the dropdown values you’ve provided or select other to add a different certification not already in the listing. This is a simple step for the job seeker that can give you powerful visibility into the candidates applying to your postings.

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Above you can see Step 4 highlighted as part of the application process

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Collect information on the type of certification and when it expires. This information will be recorded in the solution so that you won’t have to re-enter the certification or the expiration date if you hire that candidate

As a recruiter, you are now able to review the certifications that an applicant has provided, as well as search for applicants with desired certifications. This is also a great basis to use when creating candidate pools.

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Certifications and descriptions are housed in the solution and can be viewed and included as a basis for reporting

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Use the solution to exclude expired certifications

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View and edit both internal and external certification under the employee’s learning profile

As a final step, leverage the solution to automatically add the certifications to the employee’s learning profile and save yourself the step of manually recording this information.

Look out for the next blog in the series on underused Talent management Features. We will continue to explore ways that you can leverage your solution to acquire, develop, and retain top talent while delivering successful projects!