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From Likely To Aligned

How Skills Data Helps Job Seekers Unearth New Opportunities

August 16, 2021 by Clare Coffey

Whether due to the desire for higher pay, more stability, professional growth, or simply a more congenial type of work, transitions from one job to another are an important part of the working life cycle.

But that doesn’t mean they’re easy.

How can workforce institutions put job seekers on paths that will lead to fulfilling work and prosperous communities? Emsi Burning Glass tackles this question in our latest guide, From Likely to Aligned: How Skills Data Helps Job Seekers Unearth New Opportunities.

The report finds there are two basic types of transitions: likely and aligned. 

Likely transitions are already happening. They represent transitions people are already making. For example, here we can see that when waiters and waitresses in New York move to a new job, the single most common transition is into another restaurant role.

But that’s not necessarily where they want to be, especially if they’re moving for reasons related to a desire for more stability or career advancement.

How can we ensure that people don’t just make common or likely transitions, but the best possible transitions?

The answer is skills.

Skills data tailored to specific industries and locations helps us find transitions that are not just likely, but aligned. Aligned transitions repurpose skills workers already have, in new roles that better match their ambitions and potential.

For example, let’s imagine that our hypothetical NYC waiter or waitress was instead pursuing a career in public relations.

Seasoned waiters or waitresses are highly likely to have many of the crucial human skills sought for public relations specialists in New York, like communication and attention to detail. They just need to advertise them.

And when it comes to hard skills specifically, looking at areas where demand for a skill outstrips available supply can illuminate crucial, attainable skills that can help transitioning workers get a foot in the door.

In this case, it’s analytics: it’s one of the only skills where demand outstrips the current supply, and a number of affordable certifications are currently available online. Leveraging skills data allows a restaurant worker to make a transition aligned with both their future goals and current skill set, rather than simply taking the path of least resistance.

For a complete exploration of how transitions and skills data work together in a variety of occupational and geographic contexts, download the full report here.

To hear more about Emsi Burning Glass skills data can help foster prosperity in your community and help every worker achieve their full potential, get in touch.

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