A recent article on Fast Company states that a resume only gets 7.4 seconds to make an impression. In that case, it is quite unfair that an individual’s past experience, knowledge and effort is analysed in a timespan that is equal to the time taken to read this paragraph. Nonetheless, with the rise of modern technologies such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology, things are looking upwards for job seekers on multiple fronts.
Firstly, that is because this is the age where niche skill-sets are the need of the hour, and if a candidate truly possesses the know-how related to emerging technologies, he/she will be ideal for the job. Secondly, and more importantly, to the context of this article, these cutting edge skills can be acquired from a plethora of training institutes. Better yet would be to provide training that makes job seekers not only industry-ready but also digitally certifies them.
Digital certificates that allow instant validation of a person’s credentials could transform the way the professional world looks at resumes, and certainly seems like the way forward for both recruiters and job seekers alike.
Let’s find out two reasons why this could be the case:
Facilitating Granular Verification? Check!
Traditional credentials provided by universities and other training institutions are not able to service the need for more granular verification of specific technical knowledge and skills. Take for example, a degree issued by an eminent university in the field of Computer Science. While the degree certainly adds weightage to the candidate’s profile, the candidate is left quite short-handed when it comes to possessing the practical know-how associated with skills in Data Science, AI or even Cloud Computing.
In 2017, the LinkedIn Learning’s Insider Survey indicated that more employers will migrate towards skills-based hiring and select candidates based on what they are able to do as opposed to their degree. So, learning new skills does not have to be in rigid multi-year chunks. To keep up with the rise of EdTech, short-term courses and digital micro-credentialing to accredit working professionals and students is the way forward.
Additionally, individuals can also leverage technical sector-specific networking platforms. This will help them get in touch with reputed training institutes for niche technologies and employers. Certif-ID is one such platform that is powered by Blockchain Technology. It allows institutes to issue blockchain-enabled digital certificates, making it easy for candidates to prove their skill proficiency.
Another challenge that digital certificates can tackle is background verification. Background verification checks can be a tricky affair for recruiters. There is always the issue of misrepresented credentials or those which are not verified at all. When an educational institution issues a digital certificate using blockchain technology, unalterable links and secure records are created between a candidate’s achievement and the credentials earned, thereby making it tamper-proof and impossible to counterfeit.
Speeding Up the Hiring Process
More often than not, recruiters are faced with reading and considering hundreds of resumes or applications for a single position, making the entire process time-consuming and challenging. Now, if a recruiter could access a talent pool of verified professionals, it would certainly streamline the process from candidate sourcing to quality of hire.
On Certif-ID, job seekers can upload their academic and training credentials into one secure space, known as the certification passport. Accessing this digital repository, candidates can easily share their credentials with potential employers who can then view and validate a record with a single click. Also, as the certifications issued via the platform declare the prowess of the candidate in a specific technical field, recruiters can quickly move on towards assessing the candidate.
The realm of recruitment is one that is overseeing a revamp on an incredible scale. At the heart of this movement are digital credentialing services, which manage the design, issue and management of digital certificates or badges, thereby allowing learners to evidence their learning.
So, if you’re looking to make your move in the age of digitalisation, blockchain-powered solutions can go a long way towards saying that now is the right time indeed.
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