Talent Frameworks

The Universal Language for Talent Management

Explore our industry-specific Talent Frameworks and discover how TalentGuard can drive your organization’s success. Start your journey towards more efficient, precise, and impactful talent management today!

TalentGuard Talent Frameworks: Comprehensive Talent Benchmarking for Your Organization

Establishing talent benchmarks across your organization is essential for effective talent management, and TalentGuard Talent Frameworks provides the perfect solution. Curated over 30 years, TalentGuard Talent Frameworks offers a ready-to-use library of general and industry-specific job profiles that streamline your talent management processes.  The library provides benchmarks across 5000+ job profiles and 6000+ skills spanning 19 core industries.

TalentGuard Talent Frameworks includes a comprehensive collection of job descriptions, key responsibilities, and technical competencies. Each competency is accompanied by behavior-based proficiency descriptions, ensuring that you have detailed, actionable insights into the skills and capabilities required for each role. This rich, skill-focused content is curated with the help of TalentGuard WorkforceGPT, our advanced AI technology, to ensure accuracy and relevance to current industry standards.

TalentGuard provides a robust data foundation that simplifies the implementation of talent management software. By leveraging this well-structured and comprehensive database, your organization can quickly and effectively integrate new talent management solutions, reducing the time and effort required for setup and deployment.

The benefits of using TalentGuard Talent Frameworks extend beyond initial implementation. With a solid foundation of job profiles and competencies, your organization can maintain up-to-date role definitions and skill requirements, ensuring that your workforce remains competitive and aligned with industry trends. This dynamic framework also facilitates ongoing talent development and management, enabling HR professionals and managers to make informed decisions about employee training, career progression, and succession planning.

TalentGuard supports consistency and standardization across your organization. By establishing clear benchmarks for each role, you can ensure that all employees are evaluated against the same criteria, promoting fairness and objectivity in performance assessments.

We offer a powerful, comprehensive solution for establishing and maintaining talent benchmarks across your organization. With its extensive library of job profiles, detailed competencies, and robust data foundation, you can enhance your talent management processes, drive employee development, and stay ahead in a competitive market.

Standardized Taxonomy

A standardized taxonomy is a foundational element of effective talent management. It ensures consistency, clarity, and fairness across all HR processes, enhances employee development and engagement, and supports strategic organizational growth. A standardized taxonomy provides a common language for describing job roles, skills, and competencies across the organization.

This consistency ensures that everyone understands the expectations and requirements of each role, reducing confusion and miscommunication. It ensures consistency, clarity, and fairness across all HR processes, enhances employee development and engagement, and supports strategic organizational growth.

Accelerator Content

Our talent frameworks include content that improves employee engagement. Each skill includes 4 accelerators, including interview questions, coaching tips, development references and learning resources.

  • Interview guides provide a guide for accurately assessing candidates.
  • Coaching tips support managers in facilitating clear, objective performance reviews.
  • SMART development statements give employees specialized, actionable practices to help them improve.
  • Learning references provide a path for growth and development.


TalentGuard provides the confidence, content, and coverage you need to jumpstart your transformation, leading to better results, faster. The robust content library, enriched with industry-specific job profiles, competencies, and skill descriptions, ensures that your HR practices are based on accurate and up-to-date information. This extensive coverage allows for a seamless implementation of talent management strategies across all levels of the organization, from recruitment and onboarding to performance management and career progression.

Talent Framework Architecture Overview

Our Talent Framework is comprised of the architecture components​ listed below. Check out our best practices for modifying the architecture to meet your organization’s needs.


Our competency and skill framework contains thousands of skills and competencies across dozens of industry segments. Each skill contains 4 levels of proficiency.

Job Content

Each job role includes a job title, job code, job description, four primary responsibilities, job family, job band, job focus, lead time, turnover percdent and 4 levels of competency proficiency.

Job Families

Our library contains jobs organized and grouped by job family and industry.

Competency Types

Contains many types of competencies including: Foundational, Leadership and Technical.

Proficiency Descriptors

Each competency comes standard with 21 or more behavioral statements across four proficiency levels. This helps set clear expectations of what good looks like in specific job roles.

Learning References

Competencies are associated with suggested learning references including training experiential, web-based, group sessions and seminars.

Development Goals

Quantitative and qualitative SMART development statements are provided to facilitate employee learning and development.

Interview Questions

Interview questions are aligned to the competencies associated to the job role. This enables consistent selection over time for positions.

Coaching Tips

Provides managers with coaching recommendations on methods to improve behavior and experiences that need to be shared.

Job Grades

Offers levels of jobs by scope of responsibility using six broad bands (1-6). We use the same 6 bands across all frameworks and all jobs.

"TalentGuard's Talent Frameworks have significantly streamlined our process of creating job descriptions, saving us invaluable time by providing industry-ready data that's both comprehensive and up-to-date."
- Harvey Greenberg, Chief of Staff and Head of Strategic Initiatives, Human Resources
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