Finding Talent Chapter 1: Essential Versus Non-Essential Skills

When filling a job opening, it’s important to differentiate between what are essential skills required for the job and which ones are non-essential or nice-to-haves. (Version française)

These differences are highlighted in the first installment of Finding Talent, a training video by TRIEC that follows the fictional experiences of MetroCan Technologies as it considers hiring a skilled immigrant named Tarek.

In this chapter, the director of research and development learns his star project manager has been recruited by the competition. The hiring manager’s list of requirements for a replacement is long and an HR professional helps him distinguish between the essential and non-essential skills for the position.

Tips for employers

  • It is important for hiring managers to determine and communicate what the true minimum requirements are for a position.
  • Emphasizing non-essential skills in job postings may screen out qualified skilled immigrant job candidates.
  • Hiring managers may need to realign their expectations of what a new hire can do right away.

Watch the video or to use the video for internal training or presentations you can download through the TRIEC Campus. You will have to register (free) and then you can download the video.

Watch the next video in the series: Attracting Qualified Skilled Immigrant Job Candidates.

Length: 4:46

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