‘Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in their operation.” – John Ruskin.
All of these idioms point to the purpose of skills-based hiring: when you need to hire someone, you worry about what they can do rather than where they’ve been. It is about valuing a candidate’s abilities over their qualifications.
This hiring method can be a win-win situation because it provides opportunities to worthy candidates while also providing organizations with increased access to often-overlooked yet highly competent labor pools. In other words, it can help you create a more diversified workforce while simultaneously boosting the chances of finding the perfect person for the job.
LinkedIn’s new skills-based recruiting effort aims to connect companies and job seekers by identifying fundamental competencies for open opportunities and matching suitable applicants to those opportunities based on their capabilities.
With the global economy undergoing enormous upheaval, upskilling and reskilling have gained new relevance. To be successful through these transitions, fundamental modifications in thinking about hiring and staff development are required.
Workers and employers alike frequently fail to see that the abilities they have for one job can be easily transferred to another. Consider the food servers who were laid off as a result of the pandemic. More than 70% of them have the abilities required to succeed in customer service, one of the most in-demand occupations on LinkedIn right now.
If servers and individuals hiring for customer service experts had understood they already possessed many of the necessary abilities, we might have seen a large transfer of out-of-work food servers into in-demand occupations rather than having those positions go unfilled.
This is the direction of hiring and development in the future. To stay ahead of the curve, businesses must begin to incorporate learning into their corporate cultures. Organizations who are sluggish to adapt will be left behind, forced to cope with dissatisfied and unmotivated personnel and much less total innovation.