Fifty percent of trades professionals say that determining whether an applicant is qualified for a job is an obstacle to hiring, according to a new survey conducted by The Home Depot in partnership with Morning Consult. To aid in hiring much-needed tradespeople, The Home Depot has launched the Path to Pro Network, a jobseeker platform for skilled trades.

On, skilled trade jobseekers can create a profile, upload their resume, and add photos of their work to connect with The Home Depot's Pro customers looking to hire in their local area. The network also features skill badges that indicate if someone is accredited, a U.S. military veteran, or a graduate from The Home Depot's free trades training program.

"There is not a leading jobseeker platform for the skilled trades, and The Home Depot is committed to connecting skilled tradespeople with our Pro customers for jobs," says Eric Schelling, vice president of global talent acquisition at The Home Depot.

"The Path to Pro Network was designed to provide jobseekers with new career networking opportunities in the trades. Building a profile in the Path to Pro Network is the best way to showcase to potential employers that you have what it takes to work in the skilled trades."

The new platform is a sector of The Home Depot's larger Path to Pro program that addresses the growing skilled labor shortage in the U.S. To build the next generation of trades professionals, the program launched in 2021 to offer free training for those interested in pursuing and growing a career in the skilled trades.