What Jeff Wiener Taught Us About LinkedIn’s Focus on Hiring Top Talent in 3 Words

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner recently revealed his plan to look for talent in non-traditional places. The qualities Weiner is looking for include “passion and fire, a great work ethic, perseverance, loyalty, and a growth mindset,” and he notes that you don’t need a college degree to have these qualities.

  • People with these qualities make the biggest contribution to our companies, but you wouldn’t be able to pick them out from a resume. As Weiner puts it, there are three words that make the difference: Skills, not degrees.
  • Traditionally, companies in Silicon Valley hired almost exclusively from top universities. Recently, companies have been opening the application process to people with talent who don’t come from this institutions. Lazlo Bock, from Google, said in an interview with the New York Times that the rate of hiring people without a college degree has been steadily increasing.
  • LinkedIn’s new internship program, REACH, is seeking applicants with a decent background in coding with a growth mindset and a strong work ethic.

The qualities that make a successful employee aren’t always guaranteed by college degree. See how you can follow in LinkedIn’s steps by hiring from non-traditional application pools here.