Your Resume is Worthless — Skills-Based Hiring is The Future of Work

Amanda Claypool
11 min readJan 29, 2024
Photo by Anton Dmitriev on Unsplash

We’re on the precipice of a major shift in the labor market. And no, I’m not talking about remote work.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is leading the way as we transition into a skills-based economy.

On January 25, the governor, Maura Healey, issued Executive Order №627 titled “Instituting Skills-Based Hiring Practices.” This is the first skills-based hiring directive issued by a state government for the explicit purpose of establishing a precedent for others to follow.

The idea of skills-based hiring isn’t new. A number of prominent companies like Google and Bank of America began eliminating educational requirements in the 2010s. Thanks to the shift to remote work and the desire to show efficiency as a pathway to profitability, more and more employers are rethinking how they acquire and retain human capital in the first place.

This has significant implications for the future of work. Millennials were the guinea pigs in a grand economic bargain to invest in education as a way to access better employment opportunities outside of manufacturing.

After more than a decade in the labor market, it’s now abundantly clear that young workers were sold a false promise. Education led to employment opportunities, but those opportunities weren’t necessarily better. Financially speaking, Millennials are worse off than their parents.

The shift to skills-based employment is intended to change the nature of employment as the role of work changes in our society. While it expands employment opportunities to nontraditional candidates, it isn’t going to be beneficial for everyone.

Skills-based employment is part of a larger effort to restructure the economy, making it less dependent on human labor. Employment opportunities under this new economic paradigm will be more aligned with deriving specific outcomes and business objectives. The workforce of tomorrow will be able to sell their skills in a free market — just as professional athletes do now — but their skills will be assessed against the value derived from artificial intelligence and automated business solutions.

Employers are now at a point where they are trying to get rid of dead weight that’s…

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Amanda Claypool

I’m a writer & strategy consultant musing about the future of the world as it’s unfolding. Stay ahead of the curve: https://amandaclaypool.ck.page/reading-list