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At Neobrain, we are convinced of the key role of skill to reveal all the hidden talents within a company. The skills not only transforms the world of today, but also creates the contours of tomorrow's company.

In the workplace, there are many challenges to be met. Among them, the shortage of skills, the difficulties of anticipating tomorrow's needs, and the need to adapt to new professions are among the main challenges faced by companies. 

To address these challenges and highlight the abilities of individuals, let's begin by examining how to properly define skill in the workplace.

The life cycle of the skill
The main stages in the skills
Skill's LifeCycle
The main steps of a Skill Lifecycle

What is the definition of "the skill"?

The word skill comes from the Low Latin "competentia" which means "right ratio". skill is defined as a combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to a given situation.

Widely used in many fields, this notion evokes both skills acquired through experience in professional situations and innate faculties. In each case, it can be developed or lost if not used.

In addition, the development of skills benchmarkshas grown very rapidly, along with the culture of assessment. The latter makes it possible to establish a benchmark for each individual's progress in their skills portfolio.

From a socio-economic point of view, skill, whether individual or collective, is directly linked to human capital management. It is a key lever for adapting to the various changes taking place in the workplace, notably through self-training, coaching and other practices adapted to each individual's learning model.

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The particularity of skill in companies

In the professional sphere, skill is a legal term that expresses the requirements of a profession. The individual thus mobilizes his different skills in a given professional context. One can thus say that they are the keystone of the modern company.

In an organization, skills must meet specific needs. Their management responds to the necessary adaptation of skills to the development needs of the company and to the improvement of the competitiveness of employees. Regarding the mobility of talents managed by the HR team, they are used as a common denominator for career development.

You will find ways to structure your skills in our"Categories" pageof skills.

Moreover, in France in the early 1990s, we saw the introduction of the skills assessment. Even today, its objective is to optimize employability, either in the case of access or return to employment, or in the case of professional mobility.

Human resources can also collect skills as early as the recruitment stage, using CVs to indicate training and certifications obtained, as well as technical tests to validate them before a position is taken up. skills management is at the heart of related HR development practices, performance appraisals, people reviews, etc....

Comparateur Gesion des skills

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Understand the notion of skill in companies through concrete situations

The skills professional skills, whether technical or behavioral, differ according to a given profession. Here are three examples:

  1. For a recruiter, we can mention skills such as excellent interpersonal skills, mastery of recruitment software and legal knowledge for drawing up employment contracts.
  2. In the case of a salesperson, we can expect a rapid understanding and mastery of the offer or service he or she is selling, the strength to persuade and negotiate, analytical skills and the use of KPI reporting tools.
  3. Finally, if we take the example of a maintenance technician, we can cite a good knowledge of the equipment related to his or her sector of activity, an eye for detail in diagnosing faults, knowledge of safety rules and a sense of teamwork.

In summary, understanding the notion of skill is the first essential step to master before being able to identify and structure them within a company. This good understanding concerns the management, the HR staff, the managers and especially each employee, for whom it will be easier to carry out a self-assessment from a good understanding. skills and aspirations are inseparable, get acquainted with these essential factors in mobility with our Page"Assessing skills and aspirations".