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Fixated on Pedigree, Recruiters Overlook Skilled Developers

Fixated on Pedigree, Recruiters Overlook Skilled Developers
From Recruiter - February 22, 2017

One could argue convincingly that education is more accessible than ever, thanks to the manyfree online learning platforms that exist today. This democratization of education is driving tremendous shifts in the labor marketespecially among coders, developers, and software engineers.

Twenty years ago, to be an amazing engineer, you probably had to have a good pedigree, because the only way you could learn software engineering was to work with someone who knew it well or to go to a top school where professors could teach you, says Tigran Sloyan, CEO of CodeFights. Nowadays, as access to information becomes a more level playing field, you see people from all around the world and from many different backgrounds gaining this crucial skill.

Unfortunately, recruiters and employers havent kept up with these developments. Instead, theyre stuck in the past, fixated on pedigrees when it comes time to assess tech talent.

The reality that we live in is that most companies do not have anything but pedigree to rely on, Sloyan says. If you try to make your way through traditional channels like a LinkedIn account, a resume, or submitting applications, you usually dont get any attention[unless you have an elite degree].

This isnt just a problem for tech workers who are unfairly counted out based on their educational circumstances instead of their skill sets. The organizations perpetuating this recruitment method are shooting themselves in the foot: By obsessing over pedigree above all else, these companies are willfully ignoring wide swaths of the talent pool.

A Skills-Based Revolution in Tech Recruiting

To be fair, some recruiters and employers have recognized that tech candidates skills are way more important than their alma maters. These organizations organize hackathons, contests, and other challenges in order to go beyond resumes and suss out great engineers, developers, and programers.

Sloyan encourages tech workers to gravitate toward these companies because their hiring processes give candidates a fairer shot at earning employment. For those who may be thinking they can convince credential-focused employers to hear them out, Sloyan has words of caution.

The problem is that youll never get that chance to convince them [to look beyond your resume], he says. If they dont already have it in their process, you dont have a channel to do that.

And besidesSloyan says convincing employers to get with the times is his job. After all, thats what he founded CodeFights for.

Essentially, the revolution we are trying to lead in terms of moving the recruiting industry from being pedigree-based to skills-based is around changing that mindset in all companies, he explains. We consider it our job to go to every single company out there and convince them there is a better way than just looking at resumes.

CodeFights aims to be one of those better ways. The platform gives people a place to practice their programming skills while comparing themselves against other talent in the industry. This allows coders, developers, and engineers to get an idea of where they stand in the labor market and the kinds of jobs they can expect.



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