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Quiz applicants on basic skills; don’t wait for a national test

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You'll soon have access to a new nationally recognized test that can help you gauge entry-level applicants' job readiness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spearheading development of the Equipped for the Future Work Readiness Credential, which will become available next year.

The goal: Streamline your hiring process by helping you identify a work-ready pool of job applicants. The credential will assess everything from math and verbal skills to basic job skills, such as arriving to work on time. Test results will be portable, so job applicants can show them to potential employers in any state or industry.

The test will identify applicants who hold diplomas but have limited skills. Plus, it will help you spot applicants who lack a GED or high-school diploma (such as immigrants) but carry the entry-level skills you need. Learn more about the credential at www.uschamber.com /cwp/strategies/workreadinesscredential .htm.

Advice: Use the new test when it becomes available next year, but don't skip basic-skills testing until then. You can assess entry-level applicants using current testing options, such as Skills Profiler from Gneil (www.gneil.com /product/2.asp). Contact your local Labor Department office for other testing options.

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