Credly and Emsi to Improve Alignment of Credentials and Job Titles

Credly is enhancing its network with Emsi Open Titles to further demonstrate how credentials offer upward mobility when aligned closely to the realities of the labor market and the job titles within it. Emsi Open Titles is a new open-source library that distills over 20 million real-world jobs into 75,000 standardized titles and is updated every two weeks. 

“As verified skills and credentials have become the common currency for what people know and can do, the need for a common understanding of what those skills ‘buy’ in terms of actual jobs available in the labor market has become more important,” Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO of Credly, explained in a press release issued by Emsi. “Partnering with Emsi on a new approach to job titles will help employers and professionals remove needlessly complex barriers to connecting the right talent to the right opportunities and unlock upward mobility at scale.”

“Job titles can get weird and out of control,” said Andrew Crapuchettes, CEO of Emsi. “I once talked to a company that had 9,000 employees and 7,000 job titles. So we created Emsi Titles because we wanted to help employers normalize their job titles, get on the same page as everybody else, and grow their organizations.”

According to Emsi's announcement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will support the use of Emsi Open Titles in training U.S. employers on how to build talent pipelines. “Better signaling about in-demand jobs starts with the job title,” said Jason Tyszko, VP of the Center of Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “While many companies want the ability to differentiate their positions and opportunities with creative names and descriptions, it helps to have a shared approach for how we title them so we know which jobs are roughly comparable and which are different. We experience this firsthand when supporting our employer networks in addressing their talent needs. Having employers develop a shared language for describing their in-demand jobs is a critical step in improving how they signal their needs to prospective job applicants as well as the partners they source talent from.”

The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) also supported Emsi in their announcement. Brian Fitzgerald, CEO of BHEF, said, “Together, BHEF’s business and higher education members develop diverse, competitive, ready-to-work talent. Emsi’s job-title data helps our members map career pathways and increase their skills-based practices. When data is widely available and open-source, higher education can better advise students, and businesses can find and hire the right talent.”

Contact us to learn how your organization can benefit from the common language of verified skills.

By Sara Bartlett