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Are College Degree Requirements Unreasonable?
Ask The Headhunter, November 15th, 2021
Do employers shoot themselves in the foot when they require college degrees, especially for jobs that don't seem to warrant them?

In today's job market, is it reasonable for an employer to treat a college degree as an indicator of ability to do a job? Or is this people filter just an inadequate proxy for more effective candidate assessment methods? ...

My contribution to Solman's story is that perhaps we shouldn't read too much into the keywords 'college degree required.' In general - even if a job really would benefit from a degree - the degree requirement is often just another way for employers to filter what comes out of the digital fire hose of job applicants. In other words, if you don't have the degree, ignore the requirement, because it serves more to reject you than to select viable candidates..."

If you are eyeing up a career in IT, now has never been a more critical time to have several essential cloud computing skills on your CV.

"If you want to attract the best businesses and forge a career in this sector, it's time to sharpen up your cloud computing skills.

As we head through the 2020s, more and more businesses are turning to cloud computing to access software, data storage, and a whole host of other internet services. Moreover, companies' widespread move to move to the cloud as an alternative to physical servers is predicted only to grow larger each year..."

For the first time in three years of quarterly data updates, average cash premium pay for 555 tech certifications increased, with 117 (21 percent) changing in market value

Foote Partners writes, "Extra pay awarded by employers to talented tech professionals for 555 tech certifications -- also known as cash pay premiums -- increased in the third quarter of 2021, the first quarterly increase since July 2018. The current average pay premium for a single certification is the equivalent of 6.6 percent of base salary, up 0.4 percent from the prior quarter. Still, certifications have lost nearly 9 percent of market value on average over the past two years.

Meanwhile, pay premiums for 630 non-certified tech skills decreased slightly in the third calendar quarter of 2021, contributing to a 2.1 percent overall decline in the last twelve months and basically flat performance over the past two years..."

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