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What is the purpose of skills extraction?

Skills extraction is at the heart of the ontological approach. What does this process consist of? And for which HR processes is it relevant? Here are some explanations.



Skills extraction: what is it?


Skills extraction consists of identifying the hard sills and soft skills within a document and then extracting and translating them into standardized skills in order to exploit them.


This approach relies on state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP) algorithms to analyze and structure any type of data (unstructured, free text, etc.), from any document format (docx, pdf, xhtml, txt, etc.).


This process is essential to the functioning of a skills engine. Indeed, it is thanks to the extraction of competencies that it is then possible to associate jobs and competencies with other HR objects.


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Why do you need to extract skills from HR content?


Translated into skills, training content, job descriptions and CVs are easier to match with other HR objects. Here is a closer look at the main benefits of this approach for training, internal mobility and recruitment.


→ Training


Skills extraction allows training organizations to optimize their offer and to propose a tailor-made learning path to learners.


By highlighting the skills covered by their training content, this approach allows L&D actors to diagnose their offer. They can thus identify obsolete, redundant or missing content in order to meet the needs of learners and the changes in the job market.


In addition, this skills-based approach makes it easier to match training content with learners’ profiles. It allows HRs to suggest training paths that are really adapted to the needs of learners.


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→ Internal mobility


The extraction of skills also allows for the promotion of internal mobility.


By highlighting the skills associated with different jobs, the results obtained from the skills extraction facilitate the identification of bridges between jobs in an organization.


This approach makes it possible to match employee profiles with the positions to be filled internally thanks to the skills they require.


To go further, and allow employees to be operational more quickly following their professional mobility, it is also possible to use the competency-based approach to suggest appropriate training to bridge the skill gap.



→ Recruitment


The extraction of skills also allows to optimize the recruitment process.


By identifying the skills within the CVs, this process makes it easier to measure the compatibility of the candidates with the job offers to be filled. With this information, it is then possible to classify applicants by matching level according to the positions concerned.


In addition to saving time, recruiters’ searches are more relevant and increase the chances of successful recruitment in the medium and long term.


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