Skills-Based Hiring Articles

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    New Netflix Documentary Shows Why Companies Need to Stop Overvaluing Academic Pedigree

    April 7, 2021

    The U.S. college admissions scandal that erupted two years ago had reverberations from coast (Yale and Georgetown) to coast (USC, Stanford, UCLA) and had its roots in the misguided belief that an elite education is worth any price, financial or ethical. A new Netflix documentary, “Operation Varsity Blues,” focuses on Rick Singer, the person who made a fortune...

  • Introducing Skills Path: A new way to help companies hire for skills.

    Introducing Skills Path, a New Way to Help Companies Hire

    March 30, 2021

    Every week, I sit alongside many of my colleagues and look at trends in what’s happening on LinkedIn, as the data members share with us creates a digital representation of the global economy. From profile updates to jobs changes and skills learned, this meeting provides unique insight into real-time trends in our global workforce. Roughly a year ago, we hit...

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    Skills-Based Hiring Might Sound Like a New Idea — But Some Industries Have Been Using It for Years

    March 22, 2021

    Picture this: A cello perched on a lit stage. The music director calls for the next hopeful, who sits down beside the instrument — but doesn’t play it. Instead, the musician proceeds to describe their experience learning the cello and playing with previous orchestras. They also provide contact information for people to call to confirm that the candidate can,...

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    Why Skills-Based Hiring Starts with Your Job Descriptions

    February 22, 2021

    Skills, not schools. Performance, not pedigree. Results, not requirements. These expressions all speak to the goal behind skills-based...

  • How the New LinkedIn Skill Assessments Will Help Streamline...

    September 17, 2019

    At LinkedIn, our mission is to create a place where everyone has access to opportunities based on the skills they have, regardless of...

  • Why Shell Pushes Hard on Soft Skills — and How It’s...

    April 8, 2019

    Royal Dutch Shell is a global energy company that has always valued soft skills, even as the particular skills it prizes have changed....