Understand the Skills Employers Want in Your Community

May 20, 2019 by Emsi Burning Glass

Understand the Skills Employers Want in Your Community

Our last video detailed how to use our skills transferability report to analyze how knowledge, skills, and abilities transfer from one job to another. In this short video, we will highlight the real-time skills employers are asking for in your community. Using Emsi’s Job Posting Analytics, you can quickly and efficiently highlight the unique skills needed for local jobs.

Tips and Tricks from our Director of Workforce Development, John Hawkins:

  • Remember that skills transferability is based on O*NET and doesn’t provide region-specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. Job Posting Analytics, on the other hand, can be broken out by state, MSA, county, or city.

  • We recommend approaching Job Posting Analytics with an initial question that needs to be solved (e.g., how many employers in my region want bachelor’s level registered nurses?)

  • Job postings are useful when comparing skills and other talent needs across companies. Google and Microsoft, for example, both hire lots of computer programmers. But their required skills—and the job titles they list for these positions—can be very different.


John Hawkins

John Hawkins is the Director of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships at Emsi. He specializes in workforce and economic development, strategic workforce planning, comprehensive planning, and data analysis. John has worked on various projects related to industry sector strategies, labor market demand, and workforce availability, and has performed benefit-cost analyses and economic impact analyses for workforce development boards throughout the U.S.  He is a certified Strategic Workforce Planner and is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). 



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