A good idea is to instruct all consultants to, in all their assignments, tag skills from the categories you deem important for your business. Tag for example Roles, Industry, Techiques, Methods Processes, Tools etc. in all assignments. Essential categories may differ depending on what industry you are working in. This way the consultant has something to work from. It's always difficult to tag your skill afterwards, especially if it has been a long time since the assignment was completed. A helpful tip is to decide a minimum number of how many skills are o be tagged in every assignment. The challenge for the consultant is to tag all the skills relevant for the assignment.
You may define your role list so that the consultants use the same notion of roles. You should also add a standard for how you tag industries.
Consultants can and should use the help of their supervisors when reading through their profiles to ensure that the quality of the content is up to standards, based on the competences / categories the organization have defined as relevant. When working together the estimation of the consultants own skill level can be verified. Change comes from the top so get your leaders on board. Without their help, push and support it will be a great challenge to get relevant data into the system. Supervisors should make sure to get educated in the system to better be able to help their employees.
Keep your skill inventory report living and elect someone responsible of periodically quality checking the data in that has been inserted in the system. Remember that anyone with rights to adminstrate always have the opportunity to export a list of all tagged skills in the system via Adminstration – Export – Skills. If you see flaws in our skill register, regarding spelling, categorization or any other reflections, do not hesitate to contact our customer support!