The Lightcast Skills Advantage

A skills based approach is the foundation of the labor market.

Every person has their own set of skills, every job requires certain skills, and when those two pieces fit together, the labor market works for everyone. Using skills, every individual, employer, educator, and community leader can go even further in achieving labor market success.

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A skills based approach enables a labor market that works for everyone.

Understanding skills is the first step to unlocking new possibilities throughout labor market. Using skills,

    Employers can find the talent they need and develop their workforce for the future.

    Educators can better understand labor market needs and help students see and prepare to meet them.

    Communities can align local institutions, businesses, and individuals to maximize a region's economic potential.

    Individuals can more clearly see what a job requires, and better tailor their education and training toward the opportunities they want to pursue.

The labor market is changing fast, but that doesn't mean you can't stay ahead of the curve. Skills create the understanding to light the path forward.

Skills prepare students for lifelong success. 

Education providers need to understand skills because they matter to the learners they serve—and the employers that hire their graduates.

In an economy driven by technology and rapid skill change, it’s become essential to evaluate and articulate learning content using a skills based approach. Doing so enables colleges and universities (and the entities that support them) to more effectively align education with career success, and more clearly articulate the value of their offerings to today’s learners.

See how Lightcast skills can make a difference with education products and free tools below.

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It's time for colleges and universities to speak the language of learners and employers. Skills are the way forward so educators can demonstrate value and improve outcomes for students.

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Explore The Lightcast Skills Library


Skills connect local workers to local jobs. 

Community leaders and developers use skills to more accurately describe what businesses need and what the local workforce can supply. The result is better connections: employers find the workers they need, jobseekers find their best-fit jobs, and development organizations know how to provide training that sets workers up for future success— all using a skills based approach.

See how Lightcast skills can make a difference in local workforces: explore the products, resources, and free tools below.

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Rebuilding Our Semiconductor Workforce

The CHIPS Act is infusing billions of dollars of investment into semiconductor manufacturing—and that means hiring new workers to manufacture them. Regions where workers have the relevant skills are where employers want to invest. Our free report shows lays out the need and how communities can make their case to meet it.

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Using Skills To Strengthen Regions

Speaking the common language of skills can bring educators, companies, and workforce and economic developers together to address the talent needs of specific regions and industries. Skills also have the agility and granularity to show a community's existing strengths to inform local talent strategies.

This free research shows real-world examples and actionable next steps for skills in communities.

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Free Skills Tools


Skills are how employers attract, retain, and promote their talent. 

The labor market is as tight as it's ever been, and the stakes are high for businesses to find new employees and make effective use of the workers they have. A skills based approach can provide the answer.

Skills-based hiring expands potential hiring pools with more diverse talent, shortens time to fill roles, and allows you to benchmark against competitors and attract more qualified candidates. A better understanding of skills also allows you to better understand your workforce for a more comprehensive planning and development strategy. The labor market is changing fast, and skills are how you can stay ahead of the curve.

Benefits of skills-based hiring:

CheckmarkExpand your talent pool with more diverse talent
CheckmarkShorten time-to-fill and save on unnecessary hiring costs
CheckmarkBenchmark against competitors to attract more qualified candidates

Free Skills Resources for Enterprise and Staffing

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Solutions for Skills-Based Hiring

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Map job titles to skills and standardize your job architecture.

Consider skills with comprehensive labor market data to strengthen your overall job architecture and more specifically, your role skill profiles. A skills-based approach helps you achieve market-optimized job titles and job hierarchies.

Analyze and benchmark current and future market skill needs.

Assess current and future skills requirements within each role by competitor and industry benchmarking, skill forecasts, and identification of emerging and disruptive skill needs.

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Architect market-optimized skill and role profiles.

Understand skill profiles to create market-aligned job titles, salary ranges, advancement pathways, education and work experience requirements, skills proficiency levels, and more. 

Optimize job descriptions and fill jobs with qualified candidates.

Expand your talent pool, increase candidate diversity, and reduce hiring costs with targeted skill and credential requirements. 

Time to put skills to use.

We'd love to show you how Lightcast can help you make informed hiring decisions. Get in touch to see skills in action or get a free customized report and elevate your people strategy.

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Skills are how you show your value in the job market. 

You know what you're capable of—now you need to show it. Knowing how your skills align with available jobs is the first step in unlocking labor market success. And when you articulate them in a way that employers understand, you're in a better position to start strong in the labor market and continue growing throughout your career. We have the tools and resources to help you on your way.

Use your skills to unlock success in the labor market. Explore free Lightcast resources and tools below.

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Start Using the Open Skills API 

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Access our skill library of over 32,000 skills. Each has a name, a unique machine-readable identifier, and a type (technical skill, human skill, certification/license). A limited number of skill extractions are also included.