The SCALES Essential Skills Job Posting Tool (2012)

This tool was developed through the SCALES (Supporting the Canadian Advancement of Literacy and Essential Skills) project, a three-year initiative designed to develop resources to help career practitioners incorporate a Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) approach into their work.

Here, the focus is on helping practitioners to design job postings that define tasks and duties using Essential Skills (ES), and to interpret existing postings through an ES perspective.

The authors note that in traditional job postings, duties may be listed in ways that have unintended hidden meanings. Breaking down the duties of the job using ES language may help in getting a clearer sense of what the employer is looking for and may build a better understanding between the participant and the employer.

They offer examples of traditional job postings, then provide guidelines for decoding job tasks and determining the Essential Skills related to the task.

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