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Companies hiring in today’s labor market want candidates who can prove they have what it takes to add value—with minimal training.

In an op-ed in The New York Times this week, Thomas Friedman noted that there’s been a big shift in the post-recession education-to-work model. In “How to Get a Job,” Friedman said that as job skills are quickly changing, “a bachelor’s degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job—and therefore, be hired.”

The good news for job seekers is that increasingly, companies don’t care how a candidate came by the necessary skill set, so long as they can do the job.

HireArt designs tests that help companies measure applicants’ ability to meet their particular hiring requirements. Eleonora Sharef, co-founder of HireArt, told Friedman that employers are looking for “purple unicorns: the perfect match.” Many of the skills needed in the workplace aren’t being taught at traditional institutes of higher learning, she noted.

But there’s some evidence that the shift in candidate evaluation methods may be influencing the way traditional institutions of higher learning are teaching their students. For example:

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