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Scores Provide Evidence of Applicants’ Skills & Ability to Learn on the Job

Extensive research on nearly 20,000 occupations has identified applied mathematics, listening for understanding and reading for information as three foundational skills that are essential to success in most jobs. For that reason, several OhioMeansSkills Communities advocate the use of the following ACT WorkKeys® assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. The recommended scores for these three tests appear with each job posting on OhioMeansJobs.com.

How do I start using skill-based hiring?  

Using skill-based hiring is free and easy.

  1. Familiarize yourself with skill scores. You can learn more about ACT WorkKeys® by visiting act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workforce-solutions/act-workkeys.html. Your OhioMeansSkills Community may endorse other assessments, as well.
  2. Post job openings. To begin taking advantage of skill-based hiring, simply post jobs on OhioMeansJobs.com. Recommended skill scores will automatically be added to each posting.
  3. Review skill scores. Your OhioMeansSkills Community partners can provide guidance and answer questions if needed.
  4. Find your next employee. Search OhioMeansJobs.com for candidates with the skill scores you need. Candidates also may submit their skill scores and resume to you from OhioMeansJobs.com.

Where do the recommended skill scores on OhioMeansJobs.com postings come from?

OhioMeansJobs.com uses an auto-scoring technology that incorporates WorkKeys® job profiles and O*NET codes to determine the skills necessary for each posted position.

What do the scores mean?

WorkKeys® scores range from Level 3 to Level 7, depending on the assessment. The higher the score, the better. 

What is a partner employer?  

Partner employer are employers who agree to use skill scores as part of their candidate recruitment and selection process. OhioMeansSkills Communities support partner employers by providing:

  • Recommended skill scores
  • Information about adding skill scores to job descriptions
  • Skill-focused language for job descriptions
  • Evaluation of workflow to support skill-based hiring

Please note: The recommended estimated scores provided by OhioMeansSkills or presented on this site are based on the publicly available O*NET occupation database. The recommended estimated scores are provided to help employers use WorkKeys® as one aspect of evaluating candidates for hire and do not meet EEOC guidelines for requiring WorkKeys® scores in the hiring process. Employers interested in requiring WorkKeys® scores as part of their hiring may contact OhioMeansSkills for more information. The scores and other information provided should in no way be construed as providing a legal opinion concerning the usage of WorkKeys® in an employer’s hiring process.