Hiring high-quality talent matters for roles at every level of seniority. However, employers often aren’t paying enough attention to what skills and other factors are predictive of a good hiring decision. In other cases, employers are paying attention, but they’re focusing on the wrong selection criteria.
Building a society of skilled workers and adapting those skills over time isn’t anything new. It’s the story of innovation. It’s how America has evolved over time to meet technological and economic challenges.
In order to address current and future skills gaps, employers must continually prepare their workforce of today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. It’s important to offer entry-level employees options to gain new certifications, take classes or online courses and develop leadership skills.
A historical push to require four-year degrees and meet long lists of qualifications, along with the use of non-inclusive rhetoric, has in part led us to where we are today. Talent who are available and open to work are choosing different learning pathways and refusing to engage with companies that don’t accept them as they are. The pandemic only accelerated this trend.
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Most organizations have set workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hiring goals but, if truth be told, achieving those goals remains mystifying.