“We need to align our education systems with the in-demand jobs that are out there. To do that, we need to deliver to the education system real-time labor market data direct from employers.”
There are 7 million unfilled job postings in America and many of those will remain unfilled because job seekers, employers, and educators are out of sync. We learn about the needs of the business community through outdated vehicles, such as a static job description PDF where the primary goal of the content is to market that job to a job seeker. And the current data we have is often out of date or based on analytics that don’t tell the whole story about what employers want and need in a workforce.
Degrees, certificates, and credentials are only as good as the data that informs them. Employers are starting to take the wheel, defining the competencies and skills that they need to inspire education and training. Hiring based on competency, what someone knows and is able to do, is on the rise, but not every employer has the tools they need to make the shift.
We need a technological leap forward when it comes to communicating what’s inside a job.
What We're Doing
A new open-data tool, the Job Data Exchange (JDX) is the vehicle employers need to move in a scalable, sustainable way towards competency-based hiring.
The JDX, and the data standard it employs, help employers and their HR partners break down a job description into specific skill and hiring requirements. Open-source, non-proprietary, and free to use, the JDX collects that hiring data in a structured, machine-readable way and then makes that data available to the education and workforce partners that are helping students and job seekers prepare for the workforce.
THE JDX WILL:
- Develop competency-based job descriptions
- Provide employers with feedback and recommendations on how to make improvements to job descriptions and postings
- Validate job descriptions across an industry
- Distribute job postings to education and workforce partners in real time
- Education and training providers receive better signals of skill requirements from the business community
- Job seekers have an improved experience when searching for jobs with more equitable hiring opportunities based on skills and competencies
- Employers benefit from better alignment with their education and workforce partners
- HR partners experience seamless integration with their existing HR tools and workflows
- Data partners get better, more accurate labor market information
If employers participate in moving away from static job descriptions and towards open, linked data that can be updated in real time as requirements change, the result will be a lasting open-data infrastructure that sends clearer signals on workforce needs that is always up-to-date.
The JDX Pilot
The JDX is being co-designed and pilot tested with pilot partner teams across eight states, to improve job descriptions and share them with their talent sourcing partners. Pilot partners were announced via press release in February.
For the JDX to be successful, we must have a data standard for jobs that represents and reflects the way we approach hiring today. Our proposal is the JDX JobSchema+, a standardized way of organizing structured data on the web for jobs.
JDX Advisory Committee
We have selected a diverse group of professionals representing employers, HR technology providers, and education and workforce stakeholders to provide recommendations and feedback on the design, data integration, pilot, evaluation, adoption, and future use of the JDX initiative to double check our work and help keep us on track.