LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky: Skills, Not Degrees, Matter Most in Hiring

Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn, thinks the site should be a place where its members’ billions of years of collective work experience should be freed to upskill anyone, anywhere, any time. Skills, more than degrees or pedigrees, are the true measure of what makes a great new hire, he argues, especially as the workforce evolves in fast and dramatic ways.

Ryan Roslansky, CEO of LinkedIn, estimates there are roughly 10 billion years’ worth of work experience locked up in the heads of the site’s 875 million users. It’s LinkedIn’s job, Roslansky says, to tap into that massive skills base, free the knowledge within, and improve both the global workforce and the lives of individual workers.

HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius sat down with Roslansky in this episode of our video series “The New World of Work” to talk about:

  • Harnessing LinkedIn’s vast trove of worker data to match workers and their skills to the market’s needs.
  • Roslansky’s adaptive leadership approach in a world of inflation, possible recession, and political uncertainty.
  • Putting skills squarely at the center of hiring decisions, and de-emphasizing degree and pedigree (i.e., where someone went to school, where they worked before, or who they know).

Roles are being created and displaced at truly a record pace right now, and the pace of change is unprecedented, Roslansky says. “And even if you aren’t changing your job, your job is most likely changing on you.”

Listen this great interview here

Credits: HBR 


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