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How Structural Approaches Skills

Making skills data more transparent and useful

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Written by David Hoyt
Updated over a week ago

For all customers, Structural offers a curated database of around 40,000 skills. When your employees and members select one of these skills for their personal profile, the platform displays these selected skills visually as tags. From each tag, you can quickly find everyone else in the organization that shares this skill via Structural’s Commonality View.

Skill tags and the Commonality View inside a Structural profile

Alternatively, you can incorporate your own skill taxonomy. We have significant experience in importing skill databases, parsing resumes, and enriching profiles with publicly-available information.

And, if you prefer to work with third party skill ontologies, such as EmsiBurningGlass or Mercer Skills and Job Families, we can incorporate those databases directly into your employee and member profiles.

With Structural, you’re not limited to just one place for skills data. On a profile, all fields can be configured to capture skills. This is often used to categorize skills by family - creating visual and search separation for each.

Our platform can also attach metadata to skills, including proficiency, skill families, and categories.

Another element that’s important for managing skills, is to differentiate between self-reported skills vs verified skills. We believe that self-reported skills do provide valuable information that should not be ignored. However, a best practice is to create a clear delineation between the two, so that visually they stand apart, from a search perspective they are separated, and from use in further data science such as recommendations, a greater weight is given to verified and project-based skills.

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