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The Special Information Approach to Skills Matching

From Release 11, the recommended appraoch to holding and matching skills information is to define a framework of competencies. These provide the common language for a wide range of human resource activities including assessments, appraisals, employee profiling, career development, and recruitment. You can build up a wealth of skills information that can be maintained and used by employees and line managers themselves, using the web Direct Access interface.

However, Oracle HRMS continues to support the earlier approach to handling skills information, using Special Information Types. This is an alternative to the new competency approach.

Special Information Types are a flexible way to hold any additional information you require about people and, if necessary, to compare this information with the requirements of jobs or positions. For each Special Information Type you can define up to thirty fields to hold details of competences, professional qualifications, education, and valid experience. For each person, job, or position, you can make multiple entries for each Special Information Type.

For example, suppose you want to store details of technical skills. You could set up the following fields:

You can display the fields you define in one or more of the following windows:

Using views and reports, you can then match people to posts, according to their skills or other attributes.

Tips for Defining Special Information Types to Hold Skills Information

Unstructured Information

You may want to hold some skills information, such as resumes, as unstructured, free text information. You can store this information as attachments to the People and Special Information windows.

See Also

Entering Special Information

Entering Job and Position Requirements

Viewing and Reporting Skills Matching Information

Defining Special Information Types

Using Attachments

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