Why We Emphasize Skills

We talk about skills a lot at tilr – here’s why.

Published on November 5, 2019

Say you’re looking for a job – most employers are going to ask you for a resume complete with your job experience, education, and other relevant information. At tilr, we seek to challenge that. Skills show us what you’re capable of now and what you would need to learn to be qualified for more positions. Taking a skills-first approach also means avoiding job titles and resumes to more simply answer the question ‘are you qualified?’ Let’s take a look at why we emphasize skills at tilr.


Job titles don’t tell the whole story

Your experience is vast and it goes beyond just the titles of the jobs that you’ve worked in the past. However, it’s still what most employers look at first when combing through your resume. It’s a quick, at-a-glance way to show what you’ve done in the past, but it can lead to categorizing applicants based on titles. For example, if you have experience only in customer service representative positions, you may only be considered for future customer service representative positions. Clearly, this doesn’t account for everything that you’ve learned, and you’d be qualified for positions outside of customer service from the skills that you picked up. A focus on job titles can make some applicants feel like they’re stuck in the field they began working in.


Resumes add bias

Beyond just job titles, all of the information on a resume and how it’s presented are areas where bias can be introduced. Each recruiter will look at the information provided in a resume differently and use different factors to determine whether someone moves along to an interview. The hiring process is really only intended to find qualified applicants, but when personal biases come into play, job seekers might not be able to find work that they’re qualified for. A more accurate measure of someone’s ability is their unique set of skills. tilr allows users to enter their past experience, and transform that data into the skills gained through that experience.


Skills clear the clutter

Skills are the most important factor in determining whether someone would be capable of a particular job because they are directly correlated with being qualified for a position. Job titles don’t paint a clear picture, but skills are able to fill those gaps and describe exactly what someone is currently capable of. Employers that primarily take skills into consideration are removing bias from their hiring processes because skills are someone’s ability to perform a certain task and have nothing to do with their personal information.

Employers can identify the skills that a worker needs rather than using any other number of factors to decide if someone would be a good fit for the company. With this focus on skills, they’ll be able to easily reach people who have the right skills but haven’t worked in that specific industry or position. This will make it easier to find jobs outside of industries and positions you’ve worked in the past.


Skills can be tested

There are two types of skills – hard skills and soft skills. The benefit to focusing on skills is that hard skills are easily tested. Hard skills can be tested by having an applicant perform tasks prior to beginning work or by monitoring their performance on a temporary position. Any people who are unable to perform the tasks or are unable to perform at the proficiency level they indicated would not have the adequate skills and would then be turned away from the position. Those who are able to perform these tasks with the skills they indicated are qualified and could then be offered a position.


Skills are transferable

No matter what combination of different jobs you’ve had, the skills you’ve gained will mix and match together to qualify you for positions in new fields. Your soft skills and your hard skills will both develop as you move from one job to the next, and each time your skill set grows, you’ll be qualified for more unique positions. tilr has mapped over 886,000 skills to different types of jobs, with each skill being applied to multiple job types. By entering your skills on tilr, you can get matched with job offers that directly align with your skills.


Skills should be the primary focus for employers and job seekers alike. For employers, skills offer an easy way to determine whether an applicant is qualified for a position. For job seekers, skills can be refined and developed, either during work or outside of work, to continually expand their qualified occupations. tilr has made it possible for employers and job seekers to place their focus on skills through skills-based job summaries and a skills-matching algorithm that connects qualified job seekers with open positions.