Ohio Launches Skills-based Job Search Feature

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new online tool can help applicants for state government positions locate openings based on their specific experiences, skills and training, not just academic degrees.

The new skills-based search function on Careers.Ohio.gov was developed in response to an executive order from Gov. Mike DeWine. Ohio is one of the first states in the country to adopt the skill-based hiring practice to recruit employees.

“To drive our economy forward, it will take workers with diverse skill sets to meet the demands of 21st-century jobs,” DeWine said. “This new skills-based approach will help job seekers more easily identify the types of jobs available and employers attract employees with the skills needed to succeed.”

Skills-based hiring prioritizes a candidate’s skills over more traditional qualifications such as academic degrees. State job postings now display a primary job skill on each opening and additional technical and professional skills associated with the positions. To use the new feature, applicants need to create an account, if they do not already have one, and then begin customizing their profile with their skills and other preferences to find open positions that match their profile.

“The most important qualification is whether someone has the skills and temperament to get the job done,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. “For most jobs, there are many ways to acquire those skills, and a college degree shouldn’t be an artificial barrier for employers to find the best person for the job. Nor should a degree requirement be a barrier to entry for someone who has the right skills but does not have a college diploma.”

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.