Talent Solutions Playbook

Resources to Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills

Employers seeking to implement skills-based hiring practices may find these resources helpful.

TalentFirst Members and Initiatives

Axios HR
The AXIOS HR team provides customized HR solutions to help small and mid-sized companies maximize productivity, strengthen their cultures, find their next hire, or keep up with the latest industry practices and navigate emerging employment issues.

BDO provides knowledge, experience, strategic vision and boots on the ground to help hone leadership skills, improve productivity, acquire and retain talent, reduce administrative burden and minimize risk. They help businesses optimize their workforces and embrace cutting-edge technology to solve industry challenges.

Crowe human capital services (HCS) specialists can help employers recruit and engage qualified, passionate people, train them quickly, compensate them fairly, and embrace cutting-edge technology throughout their operations by sharing expertise to implementing employer-of-choice practices.

DISHER’s Talent Solutions team has become a trusted partner for all things people. From building a healthy culture and recruiting to employee retention and succession planning, DISHER provides a variety of services and training to take your organization to the next level.

EG Workforce Solutions
Through temporary staffing, managed services, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), and other workforce services, EG Workforce Solutions is constantly thinking outside the box to find innovative ways to help employers succeed.

Employers Association (EA) of West Michigan
EA offers comprehensive HR, safety, talent development resources to support your organization’s success throughout the entire talent life cycle. Our resources include timely, regional data, networking, and expert guidance to help you develop and implement effective organizational strategies and navigate complex employer issues.

Express Employment Professionals
Connect with this organization to not only find new talent, but to explore the variety of employment services and workforce solutions offered to employers – including trainings and resources to support leadership.

EY People Advisory Services professionals can help employers effectively harness their people agenda as part of an integrated business strategy. This can translate into competitive advantage by helping you get the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right place, for the right cost, doing the right things.

HR Solutions Group
HR Solutions Group specializes in reducing the complexity and stress of HR for small to mid-sized businesses. Their experienced team can handle your every HR need from complex compliance requirements, hiring, pay and employee relations to long-term HR strategy for culture and human capital performance.

Mixed Staffing & Recruiting
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting offers customized services to help employers recruit diverse, skilled talent through three divisions: Professional, Diversity, and Inclusive Staffing and Recruiting. They also offer diversity, equity, and inclusion training, assessments, and resources to help employers establish and maintain a diverse workforce.

Talent Solutions Toolkit
A digital toolkit designed to support West Michigan HR leaders and DEI practitioners by providing leading practices and resources for small, medium, and large employers across a range of industry sectors.

Rehmann provides a range of services and resources to help employers mitigate HR risk and implement best practices and policies to recruit, retain, and develop talent while embracing cutting-edge technology to streamline processes.

Other Resources

Chamber Partners
Visit this site to connect with your local chamber of commerce or to explore the resources, services, and supports offered in your location.

Emsi Skills
Features a free Job Posting Optimizer to help organizations develop skills-based job postings for any job title using in-demand competencies that are commonly listed in other postings for the same role.

Greater Muskegon Economic Development
Greater Muskegon Economic Development is the county-wide economic development authority providing programs and resources to support employers in Muskegon County.

Provides organizations with a framework, tools, and support to implement skills-based hiring in less than six months.

Supports analyzing, documenting, and communicating the essential characteristics and competencies of West Michigan jobs.

Job Interview Questions
Search any occupation to find skill-based interview questions curated specifically or that role. These questions, and related competences, can also be used to develop skill-based job descriptions.

JOFI provides measurement tools for sourcing, selection, onboarding, development, and career navigation. The JOFI Five-Star score maximizes predictive validity by combining measures of job-related attributes and career interests.

Lakeshore Advantage
Lakeshore Advantage provides a variety of programs and re-sources to support employers in Ottawa and Allegan counties.

The O*NET is the nation’s primary source of occupational information on almost 1,000 occupations across the U.S. economy. It’s a free resource maintained by the USDOL that can be used to update job descriptions based on the activities, competencies, skills, and credentials that are recognized or required for any role.

The Right Place
The Right Place provides a variety of resources and programs to support employers in Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana and Mason counties.

Features free planning, hiring, onboarding and development tools for employers, who can also sign up for updates on skills-based hiring.

Skills Path
A pilot being launched by LinkedIn, Skills Path brings together LinkedIn Learning courses with Skill Assessments to help recruiters evaluate candidates in a more equitable way – based on their proven skills.

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