Creating Custom Skill Categories

HandsOn Connect allows you to add new skills to the skill profiles used by volunteers and volunteer opportunities.

All skills need to be added to a Skill Category. You can create new Skill Categories to 'group' new custom skills in if a new skill does not fit into any of the existing skill categories in the system.

Creating a Custom Skill Category

Creating a Custom Skill Category

Skill Categories are headings under which the existing and custom skills are grouped. The Skill Category serves as the label of the expandable sections in the skill profile and as the search criteria when filtering by "Use these Skills."

To add custom skill categories follow these steps:

1) Go to the Control Panel tab

2) Select "Skills Category Customization"

3) Enter a value in the "Skill Category Name" field and click "Save" to create a new skill category.

Editing an existing skill category name

Editing an existing skill category name

4) You can also click "Update" next to any custom skill category to edit the name. When you click update, it will populate the selected value in the Skill Category Name field for you to update. Click "Update" after making the changes.

You will get a warning if you use to delete a skill category

You will get a warning if you use to delete a skill category

You may also select to Delete custom skill categories by clicking on Delete next to the name. Prior to or immediately after deleting the custom skill category, you will need to update any custom skills associated with the skill category deleted to prevent errors and duplications on your site.

NOTE: Despite what the warning message says -- the skills associated with the category will be deleted! So if you wish to preserve the skills, edit the skills first and move them to a new category (or they will be lost)

Click "OK" to confirm the deletion.

Custom Skill Categories will appear alphabetically on the volunteer profile AFTER the standard skill categories

Custom Skill Categories will appear alphabetically on the volunteer profile AFTER the standard skill categories

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