Posted by: crudbasher | September 28, 2010

How Do You Get a Job Without a Degree?

As I have mentioned previously one of the biggest challenges for colleges is to sell a product that people will buy at the prices they are charging.  The product isn’t really the knowledge you pick up anymore in a lot of cases. It’s the degree that signals to businesses that you have certain skills.

I think this system is not very efficient.  As businesses get smaller numbers of staff, the staff members will have to be more efficient and have broader skills.  In addition I think companies will rely much more on short term contractors, often times working at home.  How do companies find this people quickly?  A clue can be found in a new startup company.

The company is called Namesake.  Basically it lets businesses tap into a social network to find workers.

I think this is a great idea.  Most of the jobs I have had I have gotten because I have known someone.  If a company has a choice between two different employees who have identical credentials, but one of them knows someone in the company who can vouch for them I would bet they would get the job.

It’s never just about the degree, part of it is the social aspect.  What would stop a person from getting into the network based on their skills, not their degree?

The internet allows matching like this.  I know this first hand because I met my wife on We are coming up on our 4th anniversary and are very happy!

  • A way to match people with jobs. Nice.

    tags: technology disruptive

    • Namesake, which aims to create a better way to match and route opportunities that come across your desk everyday, is part LinkedIn, part Twitter, and part Facebook. You essentially create a network on the platform by importing your Twitter and Facebook contacts (the sites doesn’t allow integration with LinkedIn contacts yet). You can then post jobs, recommend people for opportunities, connect people with each other and more.

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  1. Neat idea, I feel like we are just on the brink of what social networking will lead to, this looks like a step in the right direction.

    • It does feel like we are on the brink of something trans-formative that’s for sure!

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