What Happens After Companies Drop Degree Requirements?

And more recruiting intelligence from the past week.

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Sep 1, 2023

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” which features talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

Dropping degree requirements is chic. But employers don’t know how to hire without them. While 70% of U.S. jobs require a bachelor’s degree, less than half of the workforce has one. However, eliminating the “paper ceiling” alone is insufficient when it comes to broadening the talent pool to include degree-less job seekers. (Quartz)

Hybrid job listings surge 29%. New research shows that job postings featuring the keyword “hybrid work” increased 29% in Q2 compared to a year ago. At the same time, posts with “remote work” and “work from home” decreased. (GlobalData)

Labor shortages are plaguing high-stakes industries. Law enforcement, health care, aviation and other industries related to public health and safety are understaffed. “A lot of employers can raise wages and attract what workers are available,” Axios reports, “but the sectors facing these high-stakes shortages don’t necessarily have that option.” (Axios)

A hiring slowdown and stagnation is taking hold. Check out Workday’s latest research showing what’s been happening in hiring — or lack thereof — during the first half of this year. It’s all a major cautionary tale. (Workday)

Even HR people hate HR. Almost 63% of HR pros are interested in roles outside of the profession, according to findings by Indeed. Meanwhile, HR jobs are attracting a good amount of interest from everyone else given that 36% of clicks on HR job posts on Indeed are from non-HR practitioners. (SHRM)

Surprise! Older workers add value to organizations. Who knew? Apparently, too few firms know this. A new Bain report points out that many companies fail to recognize the changing needs and priorities of older workers and are consequently not investing in recruiting, retaining, upskilling — and let’s just call it what it is — respecting them. (Bain & Co.)

Why do we glorify overwork? We’ve heard it many times: Nearly half of Americans don’t take their allotted vacation time. We are a nation of workaholics. We also know that this addiction to work is unhealthy. But like any addiction, breaking it is not easy. (Harvard Business Review)

Would you rather have a five-step interview process or lick an entire hotel TV remote? Recruiter Adam Karpiak — who, by the way, is one of the best recruiting voices on the socials — posed this tongue-in-cheek question in the form of a poll on LinkedIn. Can you guess the results? (LinkedIn)

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