Get tips on navigating the results of your search in Skills, part of TalentNeuron Plan.

About the Skills tool

Gartner TalentNeuron’s new Skills tool helps you balance your talent strategy between the “buy” and “build” approaches.

Use Skills to understand potential gaps between your organization and the broader market, identify which skills are growing and declining, and learn about skills related to your target talent so that you can upskill your workforce. 

Questions to ask when creating a search:

  • What is my focus talent?

  • Do I want to focus on specific employers, or on all employers in the market?

Related: How to build a search in TalentNeuron Plan

The Top skills page

Questions to ask on this page:

  • What skills are other employers investing in?

  • What skills is my organization investing in?

  • Where are the biggest skill demand gaps between my organization and other employers?

The first table shows the most in-demand skills related to your focus talent among the employers you searched. This is a good way to get a sense of the types of skills that other employers value.

The second table shows the top skills at your own organization. It’s also important to understand how your organization is shifting its focus by looking at skills that have declined over time.

The third table shows the biggest differences between your organization and the employers you included in your search. You might want to use this table to decide whether and where you should invest to align with specific employers or the market in general.

Search tips for this page:

  • Search for a specific role and All employers to see how your organization’s top skills compare to the market at large.

  • Search for a specific role and a handful of employers to see how your organization’s top skills compare to leading competitors.

  • Click the call-out boxes above each table to sort the tables in different ways.

  • View job postings by clicking the tri-dot icon next to a skill to investigate an unfamiliar skill.

The Skills evolution page

Questions to ask on this page:

  • What skills will be critical in the future?

  • What skills are considered standard for this role?

  • What declining skills should I move away from?

  • How have specific skills changed over time?

The first table shows the top skills within different categories of growth. This helps you and your business unit leaders anticipate the future critical skills your organization may need.

Want to learn more about the different growth categories? Read about our skills evolution methodology. 

At the bottom of the page, you can find a line graph displaying the change in demand for various skills over time. This line graph is connected to the above table; clicking a different growth category box will populate the line graph with new skills.

Search tips for this page:

  • Click the call-out boxes above the table to display the top skills within each category.

  • Hover over the bars for each skill to see the demand for each year.

  • Change which skills appear in the line graph by clicking different call-out boxes, then clicking the "+" sign next to skills in the table.

  • Use the date picker to broaden your search to the past four years to identify longer-term trends in skills.

  • Filter out soft skills to view just hard skills, like tools and technology.

The Skills adjacencies page

Questions to ask on this page:

  • What skills might be starting points for upskilling my workforce?

  • Are these skills present in the market or in my own organization?

The graphic on this page shows the secondary skills most related to your selected primary skill as well as their prevalence (according to number of job postings) among your searched employers and your own organization. You can also choose to display the tertiary skills most related to your secondary skills.

In this example, Hadoop is the primary skill. This graph shows the network of skills that people who know Hadoop might also have. Therefore, it’s also possible that people who know these related skills could, with training, become proficient in Hadoop.

Search tips for this page:

  • Your selected locations and employers don’t impact which skills appear in the network graph, just the number of postings associated with each skill.

  • Use the sliders to control how many secondary and tertiary skills you see.

  • Click bubbles to choose a new primary skill to put at the center of the graph.

  • Look at the prevalence of related skills in your own organization to identify skills you can use to “build” your target talent.