The Hypocrisy of Employers That Say They Hire for Skills

Feb 27,
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The piece challenges the assertion made by many employers that they prioritize skills over academic qualifications during hiring. It argues that this is hypocritical, as many job postings still require or prefer a specific degree. The author asserts this discrepancy sends mixed signals to job seekers, maintains unequal access to opportunities, and perpetuates the inflated value of higher education. They suggest that employers should offer training programs and apprenticeships for necessary skills; hire based on skills tests and auditions rather than résumés; and clearly distinguish between necessary and preferred qualifications in job postings.