Companies love to promote from within - in theory. It's cheaper, it promotes employee retention, and it improves morale. But there isn't always an employee capable of doing the job. Or is there?

High-quality talent is difficult to attract and retain. And so, we asked hiring managers why their companies were not promoting from within instead. Their most common answer? That the "current workforce lacked the required skills to fill new openings". But... how did they know this? The sad reality is that, for most of the cases, they didn't. They were guessing.

The truth is that your employees' capabilities stretch beyond what their title says. Pluckd identifies those "hidden" capabilities using a mix of both peer- and self-assessments. Now, with our Talent Search, you can tap into that knowledge. Enter the skills you need for a role, project, or gig and we will show you who are the employees best prepared to face that challenge.

How it works

If you log into Pluckd and you're an admin, you'll find a new option named "Talent Search" at the sidebar. Click and you'll land on the Talent Search page:

Empty Skill Input (Talent Search)
Talent Search screen

This is where you can enter skills to create a talent profile. As you input the skills, we'll start showing you potential matches.

Let's begin by entering "UX - User Experience" as our first skill:

Skill Input with one skill (Talent Search)
Talent matches after entering a single skill

Lo and behold, we have two employees who are skilled in UX! 🥳

Notice that, by default, only the people who said they would be open to new opportunities will show. You can seen the entire, unfiltered list, by unticking the box above the results.

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All talent matches: regardless of availability

When we click it, the profile of "Luis Monk", a SEO Coordinator that also knows UX appears. But notice that Luis is not open to new opportunities. Users can change this setting at their profile page whenever they want. We can always turn the option back on and show only people who are open to new opportunities. Bye Luis!

Adding more skills

Now we'll add a second skill this role requires: Research.

Skill Input with two skills (Talent Search)
Talent matches after entering two skills

The results are the same... but the order is now different! This is because our algorithm takes into account the endorsements received for the total skill set, not only the required skills. Although "Research" is a non-mandatory skill, it was important enough to make our recommendation change.

Now, what happens if we keep adding more skills?

Skill Input with three skills (Talent Search)
Talent matches after entering three required skills - A screenshot of the talent matches after entering required skills

Be aware that the more required skills are added, the smaller the number of results. Now Pluckd is trying to find employees who know UX AND HTML AND Figma. Melanie Lyons was our only result. Had we added more required skills, chances are there would be no results at all! 😮

Saving your search

When you're done, you can save your search so you can return to it later or share it with someone. We will ask you to give it a name and a description. This is useful to contextualize your search for later. In my case, we are looking for an "UX Associate" profile that is going to work with our mobile app team.

Saving a Talent Profile (Talent Search)
Saving a talent search

Paradoxically, saving is also important when the Talent Search doesn't yield any results, so that you can keep track of your skill gaps!

We hope you play around with this feature and discover talents you weren't expecting!

And don't forget, you can leave us feedback and feature requests at our public roadmap.