Employers Rate Job Seekers for Skills, Not Pedigree

Posted Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 by Allen B. Ury

JobInterview2There seems to be a growing trend among employers. When evaluating potential hires, they’re considering job skills more than education.

Writing in a recent issue of the New York Times*, columnist Thomas Friedman explores how companies care less and less about your alma mater and more about the value you can bring to their organization. Quoting Harvard education expert Tony Wager, Friedman sums it up by saying it’s no longer about what you know, but “what you can do with what you know.”

“A bachelor’s degree is no longer considered an adequate proxy by employers for your ability to do a particular job — and, therefore, be hired,” Friedman writes. “So, more employers are designing their own tests to measure applicants’ skills. And they increasingly don’t care how those skills were acquired: home schooling, an online university, a massive open online course, or Yale. They just want to know one thing: Can you add value?”

Eleonora Sharef of HireArt, a start-up company that helps match companies and job seekers, agrees. “A degree document is no longer a proxy for the competency employers need,” she said in the Friedman article. “[Too many of the] skills you need in the workplace today are not being taught by colleges.”

Everest Emphasizes Job Skills

One place you can get the skills training you need to compete in today’s marketplace is Everest. The Everest family of colleges, institutes and universities specializes in preparing students to add value to companies in key fields such as business/accounting, criminal justice, computer information science, health care, legal and building trades.

Many Everest programs can be completed in one year or less.** These diploma programs teach you the skills needed to qualify for entry-level jobs in many of the industries listed above. Everest’s Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Massage Therapy diploma programs are particularly popular. In fact, over the past several years, Everest has graduated and placed more medical assistants than any other school in North America.

Everest’s two-year associate degree and four-year bachelor’s degree programs are likewise focused on equipping students with the specific job skills and experience today’s employers demand.

To help graduates transition smoothly into the workplace, Everest is placing increasing emphasis on teaching soft skills in addition to its traditional curriculum. Throughout their training, Everest students are coached in punctuality, written and oral communication, workplace manners and general professionalism. Acquiring these soft skills may help Everest graduates perform better in interviews and integrate more smoothly into their new work environments.***

Contact Everest for More Information

For more information on how you can get the job skills employers are looking for, contact Everest today about career education programs near you or online.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


**Some programs are longer than one year.

***Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

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