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 Role, Industry, Techiques, Methods and 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 is always difficult to tag your skill afterwards, especially if it has been a long time since the assignment was completed. You are welcome to add a minimum level of how many skills aret o be tagged in respective assignment. The challenge is for the consultant to tag all the skills relevant for the assignment.
You may define you role list so that the consultants use the same notion of roles. You should also add a standard for how you tag industries.
Use the help of your supervisors to together with their consultants read through each profile and ensure the quality of the content. Everything from what skills/categories you define as relevant. Together, the estimation of the own skill level can be verified. Change comes from the top so bring your leaders on the train. Without their help, push and support, it will be a challenge to get relevant data into the system. Educate your supervisors so that they feel secure in the new tool and ensure that they see the gains of putting time and effort into it.
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, contact our customer support!