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The Lazy Proxy for Talent Acquisition

FortAccording to a recent Harvard study, American employers are increasingly demanding a four-year degree for jobs that don't require them. In one example, 67% of job listings for a "production supervisor" asked for a college degree when only 16% of existing supervisors had one.

The reason? The study surmises that employers increasingly use the college degree as a proxy for certain skills (such as software proficiency and the ability to communicate effectively) that are expected from graduates. But, employers end up paying a higher price in the end because graduates command higher compensation, it takes longer to hire them and they don’t stay with the company as long. 

A better approach, according to Fortune's Alan Murray, would be to work with community colleges to provide non-college graduates with the hard and soft skills employers maintain they need. 

And, of course, convince employers to stop taking the lazy way out when hiring.

Bill Geist

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