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Companies Hiring for Skill Over Pedigree?
Companies hiring in todays labor market want candidates who can prove they have what it takes to add valuewith minimal training.
In an op-ed in The New York Times this week, Thomas Friedman noted that theres 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 bachelors degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular joband therefore, be hired.
The good news for job seekers is that increasingly, companies dont 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 arent being taught at traditional institutes of higher learning, she noted.
But theres 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:
Some public universities resisting change may find themselves short on funding. At the beginning of the year, North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory said he would overhaul higher ed in that state. In a radio interview, the governor said hed introduce legislation that would change how much state money universities and community colleges receive, "not based on how many butts in seats but how many of those butts can get jobs."