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Devin Ryder, Senior Consultant for Career Development

Harvard University Center for Workplace Development

We've been using the SkillScan in our workshops for more than a decade to help employees find an easy, fun, and efficient way to identify their skills. The new Advance Pack and (revised Personal Skill Profile) not only looks good but pushes people to think about their skills more deeply. The plentiful supporting materials--including available optional training, a highly user-friendly manual, and a well-done Power Point presentation--are extremely helpful. Users also love the idea that they can go online to work more with the materials at the website, and that they can give the website address to friends and family members who may also need to identify skills but who can't get to a workshop. We particularly like the way this instruments organizes one's thinking about one's major skill areas. Users can then begin to get specific by recalling examples of actual work experiences that support the results of the Scan. We also value the way the SkillScan framework builds the user's skill vocabulary, which can then be used to create more truthful and dynamic resumes and more convincing interviews.

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SkillScan is deceptively simple and transparent, yet profoundly useful. Asking clients to sort and rank their skills, together with clustering them into occupationally meaningful patterns, provide them positive, hopeful insights, helps to clarify their core career identity and builds confidence and self-esteem--all necessary to maintain an effective career development program in the face of inevitable challenges.