Employers have long struggled to recruit workers with the skills and competencies necessary for hard-to-fill jobs. New technologies in the workplace, the challenges of an expanding global economy, and a widening skills gap have made this task more difficult. Human Resources professionals frequently rely on college degrees to indicate whether a job candidate is qualified for employment, but these often fail to represent the actual skills and competencies necessary for on-the-job success. Employers are increasingly looking beyond traditional hiring practices to find solutions.
Network member National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) released a new tool to help employers do just this. The new online Resume Generator helps students and job seekers build quality professional resumes that will help them market their technical skill sets directly to employers while helping employers better screen for and hire candidates for in-demand jobs. The difference? The new resumes show employers the specific skills and competencies the candidate has based on the industry-recognized NIMS credentials they have earned.
“NIMS credential holders are some of the most talented and qualified individuals in advanced manufacturing,” said Montez King, interim executive director, NIMS. “We wanted to create an easy way for employers to understand the value they bring to the job and translate their credentials directly into the skills companies are looking for.”
The tool was designed and created in partnership with the National Network of Business and Industry Associations through its innovation grant program. NIMS worked with fellow Network-member, the American Health Information Management Association Foundation, to design digital resume generator models that could accommodate any industry-recognized credential and could be used in any economic sector. With the support of the National Network, the technology and design process is ready for replication by credentialing bodies and associations in other sectors.
The NIMS Resume Generator includes a step-by-step guide that walks users through creating a robust professional portfolio built around the specific knowledge, skills and abilities they have acquired through their NIMS credentials. The tool also includes customizable features for displaying educational and job experience, common employability skills, and veteran and/or military status. The tool also represents a new model for the modern resume, prioritizing validated employability and technical skills over more traditional resume elements like educational institutions and years of experience.
See how the tool works here.
NIMS credential holders can start building their resume at resume.nims-skills.org.