Hiring managers need better tools to assess the competence and knowledge of applicants.
I feel like the art of a good interview has been lost for many positions. The desire is to screen at the resume level only.
Getting to meet someone and assess what types of life-skills and career skills they possess, their suitability for a job, their willingness to learn are all very practical things.
W/O discussing my CV in detail, I got into a sector post Uni that I had no particular desire to be in, and no specific training for; but rose through the ranks quickly, because I understood tech, the internet, efficiency, customer service, and had a number of compatible soft skills and quickly learned my profession.
Meanwhile I joined a board elsewhere, moved to chair said board, and later became senior staff there, also in an area where I lacked any formal education on-point.
But people who knew me and talked to me understood that I could handle the challenge and were happy to let me take it on.
Getting to the interview is rather important.
To better encourage the right candidate and discourage the wrong one, I'd love to see larger employers make videos showing what's involved in a job, obviously redacting client-specific info.
If people could watch a proverbial youtube video and see......oh that's what an international sales manager for industry 'x' does; or that's what a member of the brand-building teams for industry 'y' does; it would be helpful.
Beyond that, however, we in Ontario (and places elsewhere) have made certain things tightly credentialed that maybe shouldn't be. There needs to be some quality assurance........
But do we need to license barbers/hair stylists and insist that everyone of them know how to colour hair, when maybe they don't wish to offer such a service?
Do we need to license paralegals for every type of function they serve? My father started in that profession w/o even having a High School diploma, under the supervision of an existing paralegal and a law firm; in essence, an apprenticeship. I'm not suggesting that we eliminate the community college programs for said profession or let anyone hang out a shingle so to speak; but allowing for an 'under supervision/apprenticeship' alternative to some class room experience might be reasonable as well.